Wellesley College Athletics - Parent Resources
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.
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. We have attempted to establish practice times and game times that minimize conflicts with classes. Despite our best efforts, we understand that conflicts will arise. 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.
Should you still have questions, please contact your student-athlete’s head coach.
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).
The Mailing address for Wellesley College Athletics is:
KEOHANE SPORTS CENTER
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Athlete Mentor Program (AMP)
The 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 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) and golf (Liberty League).
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.
A complete directory of Wellesley Athletics faculty and staff.
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.
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.
Friends of Wellesley Athletics
Since its founding, Friends of Wellesley Athletics 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.
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.
Wellesley College Health Services plays an important role in supporting the overall well being of each student.
If your student is Injured?
Wellesley College student-athletes have access to our Sports Medicine team and 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.
All student-athletes at Wellesley College are required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage before participating in any practice or competition. Massachusetts State Law requires all full-time students to be enrolled in a health insurance plan that provides comprehensive coverage in the local area of the college and has a low deductible. If at any time you are without insurance, you jeopardize your eligibility to participate in athletics at Wellesley College.
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KSC (Keohane Sports Center)
The Nannerl O. Keohane Sports Center, named after Wellesley's eleventh 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.
Designed to facilitate leadership development tools and educational opportunities for all student-athletes, the LeadBLUE Athletic Leadership Academy aims to enhance the quality of team culture, student leadership, and the athletic experience at Wellesley. LeadBLUE includes basic training for all first-year students and sophomores, and rising leadership training for captains and team leaders as they transition into these roles.
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.
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 in conference competition. The NEWMAC does not sponsor women's golf.
Wellesley Athletics strives for excellence at the conference, regional, and national levels, while providing opportunities for students to achieve their potential and learn the values of discipline, leadership, critical thinking, and responsibility to oneself and others.
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.
Northeast Fencing Conference
The fencing team competes in the Northeast Fencing Conference against Division I, II, and III teams. The NEWMAC does not sponsor women's fencing.
Parents & Family Office
The Office of Parent & Family Programs is here to connect you with the resources you need to support your student while she is at Wellesley.
Wellesley's Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA). For more information, visit the PERA homepage on wellesley.edu
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The Office of Residential Life is committed to the creation of holistic, inclusive, and collaborative communities. 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.
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.
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Wellesley competed in several Seven Sisters Championships until the conclusion of championship play in 2019-20. A valued part of Wellesley’s athletic tradition that dates back to 1980, Seven Sisters Championships were weekend tournaments held in the beginning and middle of the competitive season.
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.
The primary objective of Wellesley College 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.
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.
Established through the generosity of Wellesley College trustee emerita Estelle "Nicki" Newman Tanner '57, the fall Tanner Conference celebrates the relationship between the liberal arts classroom and student participation in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world.
Wellesley College sponsors women’s varsity and club sports, consistent with College policy. The College is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all students, including supporting the eligibility of student athletes of all gender identities on our women’s varsity and club teams consistent with NCAA, conference, and governing sport rules, and state and federal law. Please refer to our Transgender Participation Student-Athlete Policy for Varsity and Club Sports for more details.
Interested in trying out for one of Wellesley's 13 Varsity Teams? Please contact that sport's head coach.
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Live video is available for all 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.
The official website of Wellesley's 13 Varsity Sports, including statistics, game recaps and stories on current and former student-athletes.