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A group of residence halls, known as the Tower Court complex, are located on top of the hill where the old College Hall once stood.After the loss of the central College Hall in 1914, the college adopted a master plan in 1921 and expanded into several new buildings.Wellesley's average class size is between 12 and 24 students, with a student-faculty ratio of eight to one.Wellesley's libraries contain over 1.5 million cataloged books, journals, media recordings, maps, and other items.It is home to several prominent American feminist scholars, including Jean Kilbourne and Peggy Mc Intosh.
The original name of the college was the Wellesley Female Seminary; its renaming to Wellesley College was approved by the Massachusetts legislature on March 7, 1873.
Wellesley College is one of the original Seven Sisters Colleges.
Wellesley was founded by Pauline and Henry Fowle Durant, believers in educational opportunity for women.
This landscape-based concept represented a break from the architecturally-defined courtyard and quadrangle campus arrangement that was typical of American campuses at the time.
The 720-acre (2.9Â km) site's glaciated topography, a series of meadows, and native plant communities shaped the original layout of the campus, resulting in a campus architecture that is integrated into its landscape.