Join us for Family & Friends Weekend October 18-20, 2019  

Lake Waban

Family & Friends Weekend

We hope you will join us for Family & Friends Weekend this year which will be held October 18-20. The weekend will allow you to experience a slice of your student's life at Wellesley. Set during peak fall foliage, the weekend includes open classes, social events, access to the Butler boathouse on Lake Waban, a cappella and jazz concerts, athletic events, the Family & Friends Community Breakfast, the Alumnae Achievement Awards, a panel discussion with former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Albright Fellows in honor of the Albright Institute's 10th anniversary, and an address from Wellesley College President Paula A. Johnson.

Registration is live and open now. There is no charge for any event during Family & Friends Weekend but we do ask that you let us know if you are coming and how many people you will bring so we can plan accordingly for meals and spaces.

Visiting a class is a unique way to experience a quintessential part of the Wellesley experience, but class visit seats are very limited due to Wellesley's typically small class size and academic focus. Once the available seats for visitors in a class have been filled, registration for that class will close. The classes on the registration form are sorted by time and you will find the department, class name, professor, and location for each class that has seats available.

In order to offer the opportunity of a class visit to as many people as possible, we ask that you register to attend only one class on October 18, 2019. Here is the class visit registration form.


Daily events are listed via the links below. Time and location details are available in Guidebook. We strongly suggest that you download the Guidebook app available in the Apple app store or on Google Play prior to arriving on campus as, in the interests of sustainability, we will not have printed programs. You can find information about downloading Guidebook here. Once you have downloaded the app, you can search for the guide: Wellesley Family & Friends Weekend 2019.

Friday, October 18

Saturday, October 19

Sunday, October 20


What options do I have for lodging during the weekend?

There are many different hotels to stay at during the weekend! For information on some of the more common hotels that friends and family stay at, click here. Other options include the Crowne Plaza in Natick, and the Hampton Inn in Natick.

I do not have a car with me for the weekend. How can I get around?

If you are flying in or taking a bus/train, there are many options to arrive in Boston and then get to Wellesley. You can find a list of possible transportation options here. Once you get to your hotel or on campus, you can get around town using Uber and Lyft. 

Where do I park when I arrive on campus?

Friends and family are asked to park in the Davis Parking Facility once arriving on campus. You can find exact directions through Google Maps by searching “Davis Parking Facility.” If the Davis facility becomes full, there will be people to help direct you to overflow parking at the Distribution Center and Founders Lots.

Where and how do I check in once I arrive on campus and park?

Once on campus, please check in at the Anderson Forum in the Lulu Chow Wang Student Center. This is located on the second floor of the student center near the elevator and the entrance closest to the Davis Parking Facility. It will be hard to miss as there will be people waiting to welcome you there!

I know that I have the option to eat on campus at different points of the weekend. What locations do I have access to and what are the hours?

Lunch will be available on Friday and Saturday from 12:00pm-2:00pm in dining halls across campus. On Friday you may eat at Bates, Stone-Davis, Tower, Pomeroy and Bae Pao Lu Chow. Each dining hall is located inside the dorms with the same name except Bae Pao Lu Chow, which is located in the Lulu Chow Wang Student Center. On Saturday the Stone Davis dining hall is closed, all other dining halls are open.

Two dining halls have specific dietary accommodations: Pomeroy is vegetarian, vegan, and kosher while Tower is peanut-free. 

Please note: For all dining halls except for Bae Pao Lu Chow, your student must accompany you.

If I do not want to eat on campus, where can I go?

Wellesley is located directly on the edge of Downtown Wellesley, which many students on campus call “The Ville”. Along both Central Street and Linden Street, there are many small cafes and restaurants that are open throughout the day and are also walking distance. For a Yelp review of the restaurants in Wellesley, click here. Beyond Wellesley, there are many restaurants in the Natick Shopping Area and Framingham.

What are the different athletic and recreational facilities on campus?

There are four main locations for athletic and recreational facilities on campus. The Keohane Sports Center (also known as the KSC) houses the fitness center, Chandler pool, Dorothy Towne fieldhouse, dance and spin studios, a climbing wall, a multipurpose gym, and squash courts. Behind the Keohane Sports Center is the Fields Complex, which contains a softball field, a grass soccer field, a turf field, two recreation fields, and a track. The Butler Boathouse is located directly next to the lake and provides access to kanoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and sailboats. The Nehoiden Golf Club is located across Washington Street/Rte 16. 

How do I know what is happening on campus during Friends and Family Weekend?

The schedule for the weekend is now completely digital! You can access the schedule by downloading the Guidebook App which is available on the Apple app store and Google Play. More specific instructions on how to access it through certain devices or accessing it online can be found here.

What can I do on campus in my free time?

Wellesley’s beautiful 500 acre campus provides everyone with the chance to enjoy the outdoors. There is a great trail that circles Lake Waban and provides picturesque views of the campus. If you are looking for something cultural and educational, check out the Davis Museum. Wellesley’s campus is also a great spot to enjoy the fall foliage, so take a leisurely walk from West Campus to East campus to see the unique architecture and environment that make up Wellesley. 

I want to take my student into the city for a day. Is there anything going on in Boston this weekend?

There are always fun events going on in Boston! From sports to museums to concerts, the city is constantly buzzing. Here is a list of twenty-five fun things that are always happening in Boston; however, the best way to find out what events are going on is to Google “things to do in boston this weekend." One big event that happens to fall on the same weekend as Family and Friends Weekend is the “Head of the Charles Regatta," where our own Wellesley crew team will be competing!

Will there be accessibility accommodations on campus during the weekend?

When registering on EventBrite, you were asked to explain any special accommodations that your group would need for the weekend. If something has changed, please let us know as soon as possible by sending an email to so we can make the necessary arrangements. In order to apply these changes, we need to know before you arrive on campus.

I told my student I would meet them at their dorm, is there anything I should know about the dorms?

For security reasons, all dorms only allow access to students via their OneCard You will not be able to enter the dorm unless your student is with you or comes down to let you in. It would be best to let your student know what time you will be on campus and text/call them when you are outside of the dorm.

Who do I ask for help before I get on campus?

The Office of Parent and Family Programs is here to answer any questions or concerns you may have! Please email us at and we will try to get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

Who do I ask for help once I get on campus?

The Office of Parent and Family Programs student team will be wearing name tags and blue bandanas throughout the weekend and would love to answer any questions you have! Campus Police is also a great resource for questions and are located in the Davis Parking Facility. One great thing about the Wellesley community is that everyone is willing to help, so do not be afraid to ask a student or staff member on campus! Feel free to use the virtual map found here to help orient yourself on the beautiful campus. 

Contact: Office of Parent & Family Programs | | 781.283.2808