Students at Wellesley College in Massachusetts say their professors are the best teachers in the land.
Wellesley tops the “Professors Get High Marks” ranking list in The Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges guidebook.
The ranking list is based on student responses to the survey question “Are your instructors good teachers?” Over 122,000 students at 376 colleges were surveyed for the ranking.
To find out what students at Wellesley have to say about the school’s academics, social life, and student body, read below!
Widely considered to be the top women’s college in the nation, “Wellesley grooms its students to be strong leaders” through rigorous academic programs, “an intense intellectual environment,” and “fierce commitment to social change.” As a small college, Wellesley offers ample “personal attention” and a “comfortable environment”; however, choice and opportunity separate Wellesley from other similar institutions. While enrolling just 2,300 undergraduates, Wellesley offers a remarkable array of more than 1,000 courses and fifty-four major programs; plus, “You can cross-register at MIT (and to a limited extent at Brandeis, Babson, and Olin.)” From research to internships to overseas studies, Wellesley “provides great resources and opportunities to all its students.” A senior shares, “I have had opportunities for research and independent study in both of my majors (and in at least one other field of interest.)” Attracting “fiercely driven and deeply passionate women,” a Wellesley education “can be stressful and intense.” At the same time, “It is a very friendly, respectful, intellectual environment where professors believe in your ability to do great things and the whole world seems to open up to you.” When it comes to the teaching staff, “Not only are many of the professors notable in their fields, they are all excellent teachers. Classes in all departments are exciting, challenging, and engaging.” And the benefits don’t stop on your graduation day. Thanks to a “very strong alumni network” and a strong career placement program, Wellesley women are ready to enter the workplace. No matter what your field, “Wellesley women are everywhere. It’s very helpful when you’re looking for internships or jobs.”
“Students tend to be very driven academically.” Fortunately, no matter how busy they are, “People always try to make time for friends . . . whether it’s a group study session or just dinner together.” “Outspoken and well-informed,” students are eager to engage in “insightful discussions about politics, religion, sexuality, etc., at the lunch table.” In addition, “there are always seminars and panel discussions and cultural events to attend” on campus. “Private parties are often broken up due [to] the Draconian alcohol and party policies imposed by the administration.” Therefore, many Wellesley students “go into Boston or Cambridge for parties, concerts, shopping, protests, or people-watching.” For others, “The ideal night would [include having] a handful of friends clustered around the kitchen table in the Shakespeare house, debating, drinking, and laughing about politics, literature, and the latest celebrity events.” For those concerned about meeting members of the opposite sex, “You can interact with Harvard and MIT men, as well as men from the many institutions in Boston and the surrounding area.”
While many students describe Wellesley as an “ethnically and financially diverse campus,” a typical Wellesley undergraduate is “white, very liberal, very intelligent, [and] politically active, does a lot of community service, and has fashion sense like you wouldn’t believe.” Others describe their classmates as “intelligent, engaged, curious, quick-witted, articulate, politically aware, outspoken, thoughtful, passionate, ambitious, and poised.” Wellesley women come in a “variety of packages, from women who brag about showering in the Science Library to those who party [in] Cambridge every weekend to rugby players and Shakespearean actors to sorority-girl-esque ‘society’ members.” Students also point out that “alternative gender expressions and sexual orientations are also quite common” on the Wellesley campus. Friendly and welcoming, “everyone is accepted” within the college community, though students note that “deeply religious students are less common, and Republicans are quite the minority.”