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 private, liberal arts coeducational college located in Aurora, New York. The College's modern liberal arts curriculum combines theory with real-world practice, cultivating not just lifelong scholars but citizens of the world with a clear understanding of social responsibility. The College boasts a highly collaborative learning environment with a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The majority of Wells faculty holds doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields. Wells' students contribute valuable depth to the campus dialogue through their diverse backgrounds. Wells seeks to foster a connected community in which free speech, openness, acceptance, and inclusion of all beliefs are appreciated and considered in their appropriate settings. The College's living-learning philosophy also 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.


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 a completed application through the Wells application or Common Application by March 1 of the year of entrance.

In addition, the following credentials are required: A transcript of all secondary school work and at least one letter of recommendation from teachers in academic subject areas. A personal on-campus connection with your admissions counselor and your personal Zeemee profile are recommended.

Wells College is committed to reviewing applications holistically and considering all facets of a student’s potential. To honor that commitment, admission to Wells is now test optional. As of Fall 2016, we no longer require SAT or ACT scores in the application evaluation process. International students must prove English language proficiency. (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT scores accepted).

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.


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

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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

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
December 15

Early Action
December 15

March 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Extracurricular Activities

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

The Wells experience is deeply personal and intensely focused on superior academic achievement. Wells offers 25 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 a Bachelor’s degree with majors in the following areas: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics and Management (Economics, Management), Inclusive Childhood Education, English (Literature, Creative Writing), Environmental Science, Film and Media Studies, Health Sciences Individualized Major, History, International Studies, Individualized Major, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, Sustainability, Theatre and Dance, Visual Arts (Art History, Studio Art, Book Arts), Women's and Gender Studies.

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


  • 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.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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
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


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For the 2016-2017 year: Tuition and fees: $38,530; Room and board: $13,360

Financial Aid

Wells College offers both merit-based and need-based financial aid. Merit-based scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills, and have a strong record of service in their schools and communities. Nearly 100% of students at Wells College receive aid to fund their education. To receive need-based financial aid from Wells College, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Wells recommends families submit their completed FAFSA by December 1st. Students eligible to receive need-based financial aid may receive grants, scholarships, student loans, and campus work study, additional to merit scholarships.


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 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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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 nine intercollegiate sports: cross country, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball and swimming. Wells men compete in seven intercollegiate sports: baseball, 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
Foreign Countries Represented


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.”


From The School


The beautiful 300-acre lakeside campus is located in the historical village of Aurora on Cayuga Lake, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. 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

Wells College provides state-of-the-art facilities for all students and student-athletes. Indoor facilities include a field house, fitness center, swimming pool, locker rooms, tennis courts, a renovated gymnasium, and athletic administration offices. Outdoor facilities include dedicated fields for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, and field hockey, along with four outdoor tennis courts. Completed in 2016, the new artificial turf field will serve as the primary site of competition for field hockey, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Off-Campus Opportunities

During their four years at Wells, students may also participate in study abroad or affiliated programs in the following countries: Australia; Belize, Chile; China; Costa Rica; Germany; Ireland; Italy; Japan; New Zealand; South Africa; Spain; and the United Kingdom. Students may also pursue global study through the School for Field Studies in Australia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Tanzania, and Turks and Caicos. The Albany Internship Experience at Marist University in Albany, N.Y. is another popular option. Wells students may also take courses at nearby Cornell University or Ithaca College through a unique exchange program.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female

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

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


School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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

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).

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