Wells College

Campus Description

Wells College was founded in 1868 as a seminary for women. The college's founder was Henry Wells, of Wells Fargo fame. The college became coed in the fall of 2005, and enjoys a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, with an average class size of 14 students. This small class environment allows for excellent faculty-student and student-student discussion and interaction. The small community at Wells provides a nurturing and supportive environment allowing women and men the opportunity to lead and learn, often unavailable at other institutions.The 360-acre campus is located in Aurora, a small, picturesque village on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, the largest of New York's famed Finger Lakes. Wells offers numerous opportunities for off-campus study, both abroad and within the United States. The campus is 25 miles from Ithaca, home of Ithaca College and Cornell University, with which Wells has cross-registration agreements, and 45 miles from Syracuse. A daily shuttle bus provides transportation to and from Ithaca.

170 Main St., Aurora, NY 13026

Toll-free 800.952.9355 or 315.364.3264

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Degrees Offered

Bachelor's (BA, BS)


Varsity Sports: Women's: basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball. Men's: baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, volleyball.

Clubs and Activities

Acafellas (a capella group), Achilles Heels, Art Club, Bell Ringers, Bookworms, Burlesque Troupe, Campus Greens (environmental group), Chronicle, literary publication, Class of 2016, Class of 2017, Class of 2018, Class of 2019, Collegiate, Collegiate 4-H, Community Service and Activism Board, Crim Club, Dance Collective, Evenline, FiFA Club, Film Production Club, German Club, Greenhouse Club, Henry's VIII (a capella group), Knitting, Needlework, and Other Tatting (KNOT), Model United Nations, Oddline, Physics Club, Political Activism at Wells (PAW), Praising Our Work, Ethnicity, and Race (POWER), Prodigy Dance Club, Programming Board, Psychology Club, Red Cross Club, Sex Collective, Sexuality and Gender Activists (SAGA), Shrug Club, Softball Club, Spanish Club, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Sugar High (baking club), The Sycamore (magazine publication), Umoja Wells FORCES (Friends of Recreation, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship), Wells College Drama Club, Wells College Paintball Club, Wells College Quidditch, Wells College Rugby Club, Whirligigs (a capella group), Women's Resource Center

Featured Programs

Book Arts Center; Internship program; Study abroad opportunities; Honor Code; Senior thesis requirement, Wells College traditions including Convocation Ceremonies, afternoon tea, May Day, Even/Oddline competitions; strong link between alumni and current students; Innovation Lab; Floating Classroom; Learning Communities; Free alcohol and substance abuse counseling; 24/7 campus safety staff; Cross-registration offered to Cornell University and Ithaca College at no extra cost; shuttle transportation provided to Ithaca.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 563 (Full-time: 181 men, 372 women; Part-time: 4 men, 6 women)
56% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
26% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 450 – 550
SAT math range: 450 – 540
ACT range: 21 – 25
72% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
28% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American14.5%n/a
% Asian1.6%n/a
% Hispanic / Latino8%n/a
% White, Non-Hispanic61.9%n/a
% American Indian / Alaskan Native0.9%n/a
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander0.2%n/a
% International / Nonresident Alien0.9%n/a
% Two or more races3.5%n/a
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity8.6%n/a

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$37,500 per year for full-time students, or $1,250 per credit for part-time, matriculated students
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
$13,000 (students age 18 - 21 required to live on campus)

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- March 1, early decision/action December 15; spring- rolling, December 15 priority
Transfer Applications:

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
fall- rolling, February 15 priority; spring- rolling, December 15 recommended
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:

Application Requirements

HS transcript; SAT or ACT; 1 teacher recommendation; school counselor recommendation; essay; interview (recommended).
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid: