The beautiful 300-acre lakeside campus is situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, located in the historical village of Aurora on Cayuga Lake. Students enjoy phenomenal views and access to our campus boathouse. The campus is 30 minutes from Ithaca, one hour from Syracuse and Rochester, and approximately five hours from New York City.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
The Louis Jefferson Long Library houses 218,000 volumes, 387 periodicals, and 12 newspapers in addition to having full Internet capabilities. The Library has access to hundreds of journals through the Online Computer Library Center.
All the residence halls on Wells' campus are fully networked and several include computer labs in common spaces. Additionally, each residence hall room has a fiber-optic connection to the campus network and internet. The residence halls also have common areas that include kitchens, televisions, pianos, and study areas.
Barler Hall houses a recital hall, vocal and instrumental practice rooms, a music library, and a listening laboratory. Facilities for printmaking, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and photography are located in the Campbell Arts Building. The Cleveland Hall of Languages contains modern equipment for learning foreign languages. In the Fall 0f 2007, Wells College officially completed the new science education facility. Stratton Hall houses state-of-the-art laboratories and technologies.
In addition, campus facilities include the Margaret Phipps Auditorium for theater arts instruction and performance, the String Room Gallery, a dance studio, and an extensive art history slide library.
Wells also offers students a variety of top-notch athletic facilities. The Schwartz Center houses a swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, a cardio room and two indoor tennis courts. Outdoor facilities include four tennis courts, a boathouse, 9-hole golf course, and both practice and game fields for field hockey, soccer, softball, and lacrosse.
During their four years at Wells, students may also participate in study abroad or affiliated programs in the following countries: Denmark; France; Germany; India; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Mexico; Senegal; Spain; and the United Kingdom. Students may also pursue global study through the School for Field Studies in Australia, Africa, and the Caribbean, at the Salt Center in Portland, Maine, and other locations. The Washington Semester at American University in Washington, D.C. is another popular option.
Through a unique exchange program, Wells students may also take courses at nearby Cornell University or Ithaca College.
Student Organizations & Activities
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 30 clubs and organizations including a literary journal and social issues magazine, music and drama groups, and political and cultural organizations, in addition to student-sponsored events, lectures, and performances. Wells is also a member of Division III NCAA. Wells women compete in eight intercollegiate sports: cross country, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, volleyball and swimming. Wells men compete in six intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and swimming. Wells campus also has a nine-hole golf course and canoes, kayaks and sailboats available for seasonal student use.
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.”