<p>Elizabeth, a datum: one of the reasons my D chose Smith over Wellesley was better opportunities for a number of things. As for location, Wellesley itself is kind of dead and Northampton is pretty hip and busy; yes, Wellesley has Boston nearby but there's a significant time penalty...any trip has to allow for two hours of round-trip transportation.</p>
<p>Wellesley is a great school and I make no bones about it. However, for anyone to say it's the only women's college they would consider raises questions about criteria.
Fwiw, I can see others choosing Barnard over Wellesley for different reasons, or Bryn Mawr. Questions of "fit" usually don't lend themselves to simplistic cut-and-dried formulas.</p>
<p>Fwiw, in the course of the whole process, from initial information parties for prospective students and their families to move-in weekend, I talked to at least four dozen Smith students and most somewhere had a speech that began "I never meant to apply to a women's college...." I suspect something similar would be true at Wellesley, Barnard, Bryn Mawr.</p>