Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New Jersey
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
African American: 5%
Asian American: 11%
Native American: 0%
Wellesley is extremely tolerant; many straight students graduate as self-proclaimed "cultural gays." Dyke Ball is a Wellesley institution, and National Coming Out Day is practically a holiday, where a large portion of the school community-including students, faculty, and staff-share their support for the gay community.
Students tend to be very liberal, so much so that conservatives report that they often feel oppressed. Conservative views do tend to be shot down rather quickly in class, an interesting phenomenon in a community that prides itself on its open-mindedness. Nevertheless, the majority of students have similar views on topics such as women's rights and social responsibility.
Wellesley students run the gamut from high-society girls (even some royalty) to first-generation college students from low socioeconomic situations.
Most Common Religions
Wellesley has a very diverse mix of the religious, the spiritual, and the agnostic. Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and Pagan groups are very active.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a large number of minority clubs, including religious, cultural, and racial groups. Ethos and Mezcla have large memberships, and many performance groups (such as Yanvalou, an Afro-Haitian dance group) are inspired by minority cultures.