From the School

Wells College is a coeducational, private, liberal arts college enrolling 568 students from across the United States and throughout the world. Today, true to its heritage, Wells maintains a national reputation for academic excellence. The College prides itself on offering one of the most collaborative learning environments in higher education today. The top five reasons to consider Wells: (1) Wells offers students a personal education: the average class size is 14 and professors know students by name (2) 90% of Wells faculty members have doctoral degrees and all classes are taught by professors not teaching assistants (3) Wells students prepare for careers and entrance into top graduate and professional schools through experiential learning: internships, research with faculty members, and community service (4) Wells offers an extensive study abroad program with affiliated programs in 17 different countries (5) All students at Wells benefit from an academic experience similar to honors programs available only to a small number of students at other institutions. Throughout their four years, they work toward a senior thesis that is comparable to graduate-level study. Wells prides itself on offering one of the most collaborative learning environments in higher education.

Overview

Applicants
1,673
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

11%
Over 3.75
40%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 630
SAT Math
480 - 600
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 15

Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities

Overall

This is not your ordinary education. The Wells experience is deeply personal and intensely focused on superior academic achievement. Wells offers 18 majors and over 40 minors. With one professor for every NINE students, professors really get to know each student. The average class size has FOURTEEN students and is taught seminar-style, with discussions taking precedence over lectures. Fundamental to the Wells curriculum is an interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts with the opportunity to experience intimate classes and innovative teaching methods. Through the Wells experiential learning program, students have opportunities to participate in quality internships, off campus study programs, and academic research projects. Experiential learning in the curriculum enables students to test theories learned in the classroom with real-life situations intertwined with a rigorous academic program.
Located in a beautiful area close to Ithaca, New York, Wells College has the availability of a larger college town without being directly in a largely populated area. The emphasis is on community, offering an outstanding classroom experience and innovative liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for leadership in a variety of fields. One student shares, “Even professors who are very busy with other academic work make time for students. Classroom discussion is always encouraged, and most professors seem to genuinely value students’ opinions, concerns, and experiences.” “I love my professors, and I love my classes. They can be challenging, but it’s the best sort of challenge.” Another student adds, “The professors here know you by name, and they know your strengths and weaknesses well enough to push you in all the right ways. They care about making your educational experience truly be your educational experience, not their own, and they care more about your personal growth than about the grade you get on their exam.” A current student adds, “The campus community is great. It’s a very safe, comfortable atmosphere, and the small size means no student is going to slip through the cracks.” Most students appreciate the small-school environment, as this junior affirms; “I can get to know my professors one on and one and don’t have to be just another number to them.” Another student agrees, “Professors are great; they’re approachable, engaging, and truly do care about the students’ education. I am encouraged to explore and learn and expand my horizons.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9.7:1
Total Faculty
58
with Terminal Degree
41

30
Women
28
Men
9
Minority
1
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
98%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Pleasant Thiele Rowland
Founder of Pleasant Co./ American Doll Collection

Margaret Pericak-Vance
Medical Geneticist at Duke University

Dr. Laura Nader
Brother Ralph;Prof. of Anthropology at UC Berkeley

Kathryn Walker
Emmy Award Winning Actress

Lisa Marsh Ryerson
1st Alumna President of Wells College

Susan Mills
Producer McNeil and Lehrer Newshour

Tracy Hope Davis
Attorney in the office of The U.S. Trustee,

Overview

For the 2012-2013 year: Tuition: $33,200; Room and board: $11,900; Fees: $1,500

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
79
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,085

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,230

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,660

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,207

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
89%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,320

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,200
Required Fees
$1,500
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$4,700
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Wells students enjoy all of the advantages of living in a closely-knit community. A well-respected Honor Code shapes the educational and social atmosphere of the campus. Wells supports more than 40 clubs and organizations including a literary magazine and newspaper, music and drama groups, and political organizations, in addition to student-sponsored events, lectures, and performances. Wells is also a Division III member of the NCAA. Wells women compete in seven intercollegiate sports: cross country, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, soccer, softball and swimming. Wells men compete in five intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer and swimming. There are several new teams coming to campus: the co-ed intercollegiate golf team debuts this spring and the women's basketball team will begin at the club level next year and be elevated to intercollegiate status in 2010-11.
Wells transitioned to a coed college in 2005, but the school has overcome any growing pains.” This can partly be attributed to the fact the college “has a strong emphasis on community.” Students say, “Everyone is important and has a place here.” Another student adds, “Wells seems to attract friendly, eccentric people who are socially and politically conscious, academic-minded, and tolerant. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, professor, or a member of the cleaning crew—we’re all learning together, and not matter what happens, we’ve got each other ’s backs.” In essence, Wells provides a community of learning with “great student diversity, everyone has their own unique traits, but above all, everyone is accepted.” One sophomore sums it up nicely, stating, “The typical student is a focused, engaged student who enjoys learning and works hard. Students at Wells find themselves bonding over their similar interests, and they treat each other like family.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
568
Out of State
32%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
13

Demographics

71% female
29% male
32% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

The beautiful 365-acre lakeside campus is situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes Resort Region of New York State in the historical village of Aurora on Cayuga Lake. The campus is 30 minutes from Ithaca, one hour from Syracuse and Rochester, and approximately five hours from New York City.
Aurora is a small town on Lake Cayuga in New York State. “When it’s hot, we go swimming in the lake, and that’s always fun. We sometimes go sailing, or we go for a drive to any of the hundreds of tiny museums, antique stores, and small wineries in the area. In the winter, we go sledding down the big hill that leads to the athletic center. It’s a picturesque existence.” Transportation can sometimes be an issue, but students know they don’t have to get off campus to have fun, as this student tells us: “Occasionally, we get off campus to bigger towns for fun. Our school is definitely more education-based, but we know how to have fun in our own way.” At Wells, students will find a community rich with traditions. One junior reveals, “The traditions on campus are superior and amazing!” In turn, they foster “a great sense of community.” Another student shares, “We participate in silly contests and traditions and love every second of it! I participated in the May Day Dance in my freshman year, and I get dressed up and sing my heart out for Odd/Even every year!” Overall when asked why Wells is a good choice, one student tells us, “I received a good scholarship, I found the traditions fascinating, and I loved the level of academic engagement that I saw from sitting in on classes as a prospective student.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
84%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
83

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
35
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (The Express)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Women's Sports (The Express)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Q&A (Queers and Allies) is a student run organization focused on supporting the homosexual student population.

Minority Support Groups: POWER (Praising Our Work, Ethnicity, and Race) is a student run organization focused on supporting the minority student population. The Assistant Dean of Students for Intercultural Programs and Services is also a support system for minority students.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cornell University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
10

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Susan Sloan
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026

Phone
3153643264

Email
admissions@wells.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sommer Center
Boat House
Schwartz Student Union
Macmillan Hall
Main Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mackenzie-Childs
Ithaca Commons
Pyramid Mall
Cayuga Lake
Cornell University

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9AM-4PM Monday-Friday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@wells.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Accepted Students, Students travelling long distances

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
There are airports in Ithaca (Tompkins-Cortland Regional), Syracuse (Hancock Field), and Rochester (Rochester International). Flights on US Air arrive in Ithaca from major cities of the northeast. Both Syracuse and Rocheser, each approximately one hour from campus, are served by the nation's major airlines and have direct flights and connections everwhere in the United States and abroad. Through the Admissions Office, visitors to Wells can arrange for transportation to campus from any of these airports (there is a fee for this service). Visitors traveling by train will arrive in Syracuse. Visitors traveling by bus will arrive in Ithaca. The college van can be scheduled to pick up and bring visitors to campus (there is a fee for this service).

Driving Instructions to Campus
Aurora is located on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in Central New York. The New York State Thruway (Interstate Route 90) is twenty five miles to the north. Route 17 (the Southern Tier Expressway and the future I-86) is approximately fifty miles to the south. From New York City and Long Island: Follow I-87 north to Route 17 at exit 16 in Harriman. Take 17 west to I-81 north in Binghamton. Take I-81 to Homer exit (#12); make a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Route 281 north; a left onto Route 90 (very soon after turning onto Route 281); take local Route 90 to Aurora (approximately 40 miles). From the New York State Thruway and traveling West: Exit at Weedsport (#40); make a right onto Route 34 south to Auburn; make a right onto Routes 5 and 20 west and a left onto Route 326 to the village of Union Springs; turn left on local Route 90 to Aurora. From New Jersey: Follow I-80 west to I-380 west to Scranton, PA. Follow I-380 west to I-81 north to Binghamton. Take I-81 to Homer exit (#12); make a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Route 281 north; a left onto Route 90 (very soon after turning onto Route 281); take local Route 90 to Aurora (approximately 40 miles). From Massachussetts and points in New England: Follow the Massachussetts Turnpike (I-90) west into New York State. Continue on I-90 (which turns into the New York State Thruway) in New York to exit 40 (Weedsport). Make a right onto Route 34 south to Auburn; make a righ onto Routes 5 and 20 west and a left onto Route 326 to the village of Union Springs; turn left on local Route 90 to Aurora. From Maryland/DC and southern states: Follow I-95 north to I-695 around Baltimore. Take I-83 north to Harrisburg, PA. In Harrisburg exit from I-83 to I-81 north. Take I-81 north to Homer, NY exit (#12); make a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Route 281 north, a left onto Route 90 (very soon after turning onto Route 281); take local Route 90 to Aurora *approxinmately 40 miles).

Local Accommodations
Aurora Inn (315) 364-8888 or Wells College Guest Housing (315) 364-3399. Just miles from campus is Holiday Inn (315-253-4531); Inn of the Fingerlakes (315-253-5000); Springside Inn (315-252-7247).