From the School

Wells College is a coeducational, private, liberal arts college enrolling 551 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 role in shaping their education: the average class size is 13 and professors know students by name (2) 85% 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.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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


Early Decision
December 15

March 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Extracurricular Activities


From The School

The Wells experience is deeply personal and intensely focused on superior academic achievement. Wells offers more than 20 majors and nearly 50 minors. With one professor for every TEN students, professors really get to know each student. The average class size has THIRTEEN 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 hands-on work and innovative teaching methods. Through the Wells experiential learning program, students have opportunities to participate in quality internships, off campus study programs around the world, and academic research projects tailored to individual interests and goals. Experiential learning in the curriculum enables students to apply principles learned in the classroom to real-life situations in professional organizations.

Students Say

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

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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,


From The School

For the 2015-2016 year: Tuition: $37,500; Room and board: $13,000; Fees: $1,500


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

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.

Students Say

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
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


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


From The School

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.

Students Say

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
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (The Express)
6 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (The Express)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey

Student Services

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


Green Rating

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Susan Sloan
Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions
170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026



Experience College Life

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

Most Popular Places Off Campus
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

Information Sessions

Throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Accepted Students, Students travelling long distances


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).