Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus
Wells College campus

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.

Overall

From The School

Wells students are intellectually curious, open-minded, and creative. They are comfortable expressing themselves, listening to others and sharing ideas. They are caring citizens of the world, eager to travel beyond the campus. Wells students love to learn. If you love learning, you will love the Wells experience.

Candidates for admission are expected to complete a solid college preparatory program throughout their four years in secondary school. The college recommends a program which provides the best background for study at Wells, including four years of English grammar, composition, and literature; four years of history; three years of mathematics; two years of laboratory science; and coursework in a foreign language. Student records are enhanced by the addition of courses such as computer science, art, and music, when appropriate curricular choices are offered. To apply for admission to Wells College candidates must submit completed application forms to the Admissions Office by March 1 of the year of entrance.

In addition, the following credentials are required: a transcript of all secondary school work, including the recommendation of the high school principal or school counselor; scores from either the College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) or the American College Testing Program (ACT); two letters of recommendation from teachers in academic subject areas. A personal interview is recommended.

Admissions Deadline Options:
Early Decision. December 15: Students whose first choice is Wells College are encouraged to apply under the early decision option. This is a binding admissions option; if admitted; early decision applicants agree to accept Wells offer of admission and agree to withdraw their applications from all other colleges.

Early Action. December 15: Students who would like to receive an early review of their application files are encouraged to apply under the early action option. This is a non-binding admissions option.

Regular Admission. March 1: All other applications to the college should be received by the regular admission deadline. Applications are reviewed after this date and decisions are mailed by April 1.

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
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 600
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 15

Early Action
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

Selectivity Rating

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Wells College offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in the following areas (concentrations within the majors appear in parentheses): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics and Management (Economics, Management); English (Creative Writing, Literature); Environmental Science; Film and Media Studies; History; International Studies; Mathematics; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; Spanish; Theatre and Dance; Visual Arts (Art History, Book Arts, Studio Art); and Women's and Gender Studies. In consultation with the dean and faculty, students may also design their own concentrations and majors. In addition, Wells offers programs that lead to provisional certification in elementary and secondary education.

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
53%
Graduate in 5 years
58%
Graduate in 6 years
51%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Management Science, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • American Literature (United States)
  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


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.”

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,

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
58%
Graduate in 6 years
51%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

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

Financial Aid

Through its endowment, gifts, and grants, Wells offers financial assistance to students demonstrating financial need. Approximately 80 percent of Wells students receive need-based financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and campus work-study. The recommended filing date for financial aid is February 15. Wells College offers two merit-based scholarship programs for students: the Henry Wells Scholars program and the 21st Century Leadership Award. As Henry Wells Scholars, students receive a guaranteed internship during the January Intersession of their first year of study at Wells. Thereafter, the scholars are guaranteed the opportunity to participate in a $3,000 paid internship or experiential learning program later in their four years at the College. Scholars also receive a $32,000 scholarship ($8,000/year for four years). The 21st Century Leadership Award is awarded to students in their junior year of high school who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. This award offers a $20,000 scholarship--$5,000 a year for four consecutive years of academic study at Wells. Both scholarships require a nomination from a high school counselor or college advisor.

Dates

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 Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

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.

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

Students Say

Wells 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.”

Overview

From The School


Location

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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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.

Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other

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.”

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

Sustainability


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

Campus Visits 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).