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How Prestigious is Wellesley?

Smoothies105Smoothies105 8 replies14 threads New Member
edited May 2006 in Parents Forum
I'm just curious...not basing my decision on this factor. Particularly interested in economics, political science, and international relations.

Thanks so much!
edited May 2006
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  • myheartisinohiomyheartisinohio 360 replies15 threads Member
    very prestigious
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  • minimini 26167 replies259 threads Senior Member
    Sortta almost prestigious (but check on Tuesdays and Fridays), though 68% of the population can't pronounce it properly, and there are rumors about the Mrs. ;)
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  • TheDadTheDad ! 9905 replies323 threads Senior Member
    Its reputation is excellent.

    As to its prestige, it doesn't matter.
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  • hikerhiker 265 replies74 threads Member
    Wellesley is an excellent school and is widely regarded as such. Many prominent women attended, including Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush (Sr), my mother, aunt and both my grandmothers. ;)
    My DD goes to Wesleyan, often confused with Wellesley. She got so tired of correcting pp that she finally just said 'Oh forget it'- "Yes, I go to Wellesley."
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  • maritemarite 21343 replies243 threads Senior Member
    I thought Barbara Bush was a Smithie?
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  • borginborgin 608 replies8 threads Member
    Barbara Bush was indeed a Smithie, though she didn't graduate.
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  • Nora_88Nora_88 154 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Didn't she give a commencement speech at Wellesley sometime in the 90s?
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  • mardadmardad 1081 replies39 threads Senior Member
    For your potential majors it is especially prestigious.
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  • roshkeroshke 3090 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Barbara Bush attended Smith for a year before dropping out to get married to George. She was a controversial choice for graduation speaker at Wellesley in 1990. Some of the women felt that the speaker should be a woman who rose to prominence on her own merits and others disagreed and pointed to all the good she had done for various causes.

    Other prominent Wellesley alum include Madeleine Albright, Diane Sawyer, Nora Ephron and of course, Hillary Clinton.

    Wellesley, pronounced WELLS-lee, has a stellar academic reputation.
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  • Nora_88Nora_88 154 replies1 threads Junior Member
    roshke - are you either a prospective/current student or an alumna? You sound very passionate about the school.
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  • roshkeroshke 3090 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Nora, Guilty as charged!
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  • PDaddyPDaddy 199 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Probably the top all female school in the nation. Good network. A friend of mine has a daughter graduating this June who has offers to be an itern with both the White House and the Clinton Foundation.
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  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington 8927 replies483 threads Senior Member
    Who can forget one other famous alumni of Wellesley who was Hilary Rodham's suitemate and, more importantly, Grant Hill's mother?

    Please don't say you don't know who Grant Hill is. SMILING. Well, maybe Grant Hill's mother is not so famous. What about Calvin Hill's wife?
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  • Little MotherLittle Mother 1866 replies24 threads Senior Member
    Other prominent alumnae (being an all-women's college, there are no "alumni") include Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Ali McGraw, Cokie Roberts and Linda Wertheimer (of NPR), journalists Lynn Sherr and Diane Sawyer, and Nan Keohane who's former president of both Wellesley and Duke. By the way, Grant's mother and Calvin's wife is Janet Hill. ;)
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