From the School

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 with a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. 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 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

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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

Regular — March 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Extracurricular Activities

Selectivity Rating

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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, Biological Sciences: Health Sciences, 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

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."



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 2017-2018 year: Tuition and fees: $39,600; Room and board: $13,730

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

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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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

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

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 March, 2017.

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).

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