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Wells College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York. Our modern curriculum combines theory with real-world applications, resulting in graduates that are versatile, empathetic, and prepared to continue learning throughout their lives. The College boasts a highly collaborative learning environment. Wells professors are skilled and approachable teachers as well as respected scholars and professionals. Students come from diverse backgrounds to create a connected community in which openness, acceptance, and inclusion of all beliefs are appreciated. The College's living-learning philosophy means our students benefit from required internships and an array of study abroad opportunities that provide hands-on experiences. Wells students not only take a direct role in shaping their education, they are prepared to pursue advanced and professional studies as well as meaningful careers.

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Overview

Applicants
1,855
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.44

Test Scores

SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20.5 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — December 15

Early Action — December 15

Regular — March 1


Other Admission Factors

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
61
with Terminal Degree
49

34
Women
27
Men
8
Minority
1
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology, General.
  • Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Holistic Health.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Museology/Museum Studies.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.


Students Say

A liberal arts school in upstate New York, Wells College makes a promise to students that they will "Arrive Curious: Graduate Prepared." Students report that the expectation here is to "strive for excellence," and that the school and faculty "generally provide the tools necessary." With a college enrollment of 500, class sizes are very small (as expected), so "much of class is discussion based, and has more of a one-on-one level with the professor." As a result, "there is a lot of outside reading that needs to be done, because you cannot hide in classes if you are not prepared." All those who teach at Wells "are highly qualified to do so," and "each and every student is positively affected because of the dedication and knowledge of the professors." Wells professors are "able to inspire their students to learn and encourage them to try thinking outside of the box" and "actually prefer it if you come to them with your questions inside of TAs." "I feel that the rigorous course work is only preparing us for the competitive world we're going into," says a student. Wells encourages study abroad opportunities, and students say they learn through taking classes but also through being involved in positive social interactions with people from all walks of life—from peers, to advisors, to faculty."

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

Notable Faculty


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
57%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

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

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,438

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,475

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,665

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
97%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,088

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,400
Required Fees
$1,500
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,865
Transportation for Commuters
$400

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,100
Comprehensive Fee

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
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
470
Foreign Countries Represented
6

Demographics

1.30%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.95%
Asian
15.40%
African-American
7.38%
Hispanic
58.57%
Caucasian
4.34%
Unknown
1.30%
International

64% female
36% male
23% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

A broad range of people make up Well College's small student body; there are "aspiring actors and writers, hardcore athletes, artists, student government members, political activists, social activists, and then there are people who are just here for the college experience." Everyone at Wells has "something on campus they are passionate about," and students report that "you can always find someone with the same unique interests as you." Wells students are "friendly and caring," "sensitive to all forms of difference and diversity," and "make the campus feel more like a home than a school"; they are "dedicated to inclusivity and activism," and for the most part "there is a lot of support for social justice movements on campus." "Whether it be going from class to class, to sports practice, or going to the dining hall for meals, there is never a time when I am not in friendly conversation with one of my peers in passing," says one happy student.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
93%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Wells College is located in New York's Finger Lakes region in the extremely small town of Aurora (which has around 300 permanent residents), so "a lot of activities are held on campus," and Student Activities hosts different events such as "movie nights, casino nights, pub trivia and game shows." There is a dance at school "about every weekend" as well a "pub on campus that allows SAFE and responsible drinking." The Wells bubble is "a magical place to grow and learn," which is great because "it's hard to get off campus here." (The cities of Ithaca and Auburn are at least half an hour away.) In good weather, there is a nine-hole golf course right on campus and a waterfall that makes for a popular hike; one can also swim or take out a kayak on the Cayuga Lake.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
The Office of Student Success

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Lisa Carnicelli

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

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

Sustainability

92/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
10

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
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).


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