- 1875: First admitted students
- 1870: College chartered
"One expects to find the Wellesley girl sympathetic, self-sacrificing and cultured, acquainted with the choicest music and art of the great city near which she lives." (Hemment 4).
"On his estate outside Boston, he [Henry Fowle Durant) founded Wellesley to re-create Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in grant form. Aware of Vassar College, Durant insisted on a curriculum of collegiate grade and imitated in the College Beautiful Vassar's building. Loyal to Mount Holyoke, however, Durant made one important departure from Vassar: as president as as faculty of his college he hired only women." (Horowitz 4-5)