Wellesley College is committed to providing its student-athletes with an opportunity to thrive in both academics and athletics. We know that parents and guardians may have questions about the resources available to their student-athletes and we hope that this guide will help you find out more about the services available both in our department and across the Wellesley College campus.
Should you still have questions, please contact your student-athlete’s head coach, Associate Athletic Director Mindy Mangels at firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-283-2017 or Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations Marni Friedman email@example.com, 781-283-2002.
As a member of the NCAA Division III, Wellesley student-athletes are required to be a full-time student, maintaining satisfactory progress toward graduation (on track to graduate in four years), and in good academic standing (maintain 2.0 GPA or higher).
Wellesley places the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience. We deliberately seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s activities are conducted as an integral part of their educational experience. In keeping with this philosophy, we place special importance on the impact of athletics on the student-athlete. Toward this end, we have attempted to establish practice times and game times that minimize conflicts with classes. Despite our best efforts, we understand that conflicts will exist. Academic commitments always take precedent over practice but occasionally student-athletes may miss class for a competition. Early communication with professors is critical in these situations.
The Mailing address for Wellesley College Athletics is:
KEOHANE SPORTS CENTER
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
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Athlete Mentor Program (AMP)
AMP is made up of student-athletes who are there to support incoming athletes by offering guidance and information. 'AMPs' will be there during first year orientation to give first years a perspective from a student-athlete. AMPs also stick with your student throughout the year and are there as both a familiar face and a mentor. In addition to the events at the beginning of the year, AMPs host academic and social events to provide your student with guidance throughout their first year at Wellesley.
Wellesley's academic calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. MORE >
Wellesley is a member of NCAA Division III and competes in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Varsity teams that do not compete in the NEWMAC include fencing (Northeast Fencing Conference), squash (College Squash Association), and golf (Liberty League).
College Squash Association
The squash team competes in the College Squash Association against Division I, II, and III teams. MORE >
Counseling Services are available at the Stone Center throughout the academic year, offering workshops, groups, and a counselor-on-call seven days a week when classes are in session. Online mental health screening is available for concerns about depression, alcohol, anxiety, and eating disorders. MORE >
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the national governing body for college athletics. Wellesley is a member of the NCAA and competes at the Division III level. More than 170,000 student-athletes at 444 institutions make up Division III, the largest NCAA division. The Division III experience offers participation in a competitive athletic environment that pushes student-athletes to excel on the field and build upon their potential by tackling new challenges across campus. Academics are the primary focus for Division III student-athletes. The division minimizes the conflicts between athletics and academics and helps student-athletes progress toward graduation by reducing time away from academic studies. Participants are integrated on campus and treated like all other members of the student body, keeping them focused on being a student first. MORE >
All Wellesley students have access to Wellesley's facilities within the Keohane Sports Center. MORE >
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First Year Orientation
First Year Orientation is a crucial introduction and adjustment to Wellesley College and we support and encourage your student’s participation in the Orientation Program. First year student-athletes are not permitted to practice if there is a mandatory Orientation activity taking place. MORE >
Friends of Wellesley Athletics (FOWCA)
Since its founding in 1987, Friends of Wellesley Athletics (FOWCA) has been dedicated to the continued excellence and growth of Wellesley College's athletic and recreational programs. Friends of Athletics supports current student-athletes and provides opportunities for alumnae and the College community to pursue lifelong interest in athletics and fitness. MORE >
Hall of Fame
The Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame celebrates the spirit and achievements of Wellesley scholar-athletes and those who have inspired and supported them. Athletics Hall of Fame members exemplify the College’s longstanding conviction that varsity athletics play an important role in the development of leadership abilities, the cultivation of character and discipline, and the resolve to strive for excellence in every aspect of life. MORE >
Health Services plays an important role in supporting the overall well being of each student. Their mission is to help your daughter maintain good health while she is completing her studies. MORE >
Homecoming 2016, or Friends and Family Weekend, will be the weekend of October 14-16, 2016. In 2016, Homecoming will also coincide with Wellesley Weekend, as four wonderful Wellesley events will take place on the same weekend. MORE >
If your student is Injured?
Wellesley College student-athletes have access to the athletic training room located on the ground floor in Keohane Sports Center. If your student athlete is injured, or has any health/ wellbeing concerns, they can go to the athletic training room and speak with an athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work and life. The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination and diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, subacute, and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions and certain medical conditions in order to minimize subsequent impairments, functional limitations, disability, and societal limitations. The Wellesley College Sports Medicine Department is made up of two full-time certified athletic trainers, and a full-time certified athletic trainer/ strength and conditioning coach. Our team physician visits the athletic training room at least bi-weekly to see athletes, and we have a wide network of referral services. We work closely with the Wellesley College Health Services in providing the best medical care for your student-athlete.The athletic training room will be open from 12pm-7pm Monday to Friday and event coverage for weekends. There may be additional open hours depending on schedule. There is no need for appointments and the athletic trainers can be contacted through email or phone from 7am-9pm. All student-athletes are required to show proof of health insurance before participating in any organized physical activity. Families are urged to check with their insurance carriers to be certain that athletically related injuries and illnesses while away from home are covered. If your insurance policy WILL NOT cover your dependent while they are away at school, the college strongly recommends families purchase the college insurance policy. MORE >
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KSC (Keohane Sports Center)
The Nannerl O. Keohane Sports Center, named after Wellesley's former president, makes it possible for the entire college community to engage in physical activity year round. In addition, the PERA department provides physical education classes and many hours of recreation time for Wellesley students and employees. The Sports Center is the focal point for activity and wellness for the college community. It is the site for Wellesley's varsity team practices and competition.
There are many student leadership opportunities within the athletic community, including team captains, SAAC representatives, and AMPS. MORE >
Learning and Teaching Center (PLTC)
The Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center (PLTC) supports the intellectual life of students at Wellesley College. Its mission is to help students maximize their educational opportunities and realize their academic potential. MORE >
The golf team is an associate member of the Liberty League, competing against Mount Holyoke College, New York University, St. Lawrence University, Union College, Vassar College, and William Smith College. MORE >
Wellesley Athletics supports the mission of the College by serving as an integral part of the overall educational experience. Through competitive intercollegiate athletics, students strive to achieve their potential while learning the value of discipline, leadership, critical thinking, and a sense of obligation to, and responsibility for, others. Consistent with Wellesley’s national reputation, the program’s focus is excellence at the conference, regional, and national levels.
Wellesley competes primarily in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The NEWMAC is an association of 11 selective academic institutions that are committed to providing high quality competitive athletic opportunities for student-athletes within an educational and respectful environment. MORE >
Northeast Fencing Conference
The fencing team competes in the Northeast Fencing Conference against Division I, II, and III teams. MORE >
Wellesley's Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA) MORE >
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Each residential hall represents a community with its own style and atmosphere for students to eat, sleep, socialize, and relax. Students from all four classes are mixed among 21 Residence Halls on campus; first- and second-year students have one or two roommates, while most juniors/seniors have their own room. MORE >
Made possible by the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study, the annual spring Ruhlman Conference is intended to foster collaboration among students and faculty across the disciplines and to enhance the intellectual life of the College. The event will provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and alumnae to come together in celebration of student achievement. In 2016, many of our student-athletes presented at the Ruhlman Conferences. MORE >
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Wellesley competes in several Seven Sisters Championships. A valued part of Wellesley’s athletic tradition that dates back to 1980. Unlike the NEWMAC Championships, which are held at the end of the regular season, Seven Sisters Championships are generally a weekend tournament held in the beginning and middle of the competitive season. Currently, championships are conducted in cross country, crew, swimming & diving, squash, and tennis. MORE >
Social Media Stream
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Wellesley College Sports Medicine supports the ongoing education of varsity student-athletes through the Wellesley College Athletics Department Mission with a commitment and service to the student athlete's physical, emotional, and mental well‐being. MORE >
The primary objective of Wellesley Sports Performance is to reduce the incidence of injury and improve athletic performance. This will be achieved by providing our student-athletes the means by which they may train efficiently, effectively, and sensibly in a safe, clean, professional environment. Through the guidance of our staff, Wellesley student-athletes will be prepared both physically and mentally for the rigors of collegiate athletics. MORE >
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is a group of smart, talented, and hard-working representatives from each of our varsity teams that works to provide resources and support for all of our student-athletes. MORE >
Established through the generosity of Wellesley College trustee emerita Estelle "Nicki" Newman Tanner '57, the Tanner Conference celebrates the relationship between the liberal arts classroom and student participation in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world. In 2015, twenty-six student-athletes presented at the Tanner Conference. MORE >
The Reaffirmation of Mission and Gender Policy (announced by the Board of Trustees in March 2015) states that Wellesley College will continue to educate, support, and inspire new generations of women. Every aspect of Wellesley’s educational program is, and will continue to be designed and implemented to serve women. In carrying out its mission Wellesley will use language reflective of its identity as a women’s college. Wellesley College also respects and values all members of the college community. As such, the College is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all student-athletes. MORE >
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Live video is available for select Wellesley Athletic home contests. Though we intend to make every effort to ensure quality services, due to the possibility of equipment malfunctions and severe weather conditions, the availability of live video streams and live statistics may change without notice. MORE >
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The official website of Wellesley's 14 Varsity Sports, including statistics, game recaps and stories on current and former student-athletes.