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Undergrad Profile

The Education of an Extraordinary Life
Wells provides the education of an extraordinary life on one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. Students join a distinctive educational tradition with an im-pressive record of success: Wells graduates are found in leadership positions in every career field imaginable and consistently gain entrance to top graduate and professional schools.

Located on the picturesque shore of Cayuga Lake in New York’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Wells College was established in 1868. The intimate nature of the Wells experience provides students with an intensely personal education. Whether conducting original research in the newly renovated Zabriskie Hall, home to the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and the Centerfor Sustainability, studying abroad in 19 different countries, competing on the athletic fields, or entering their chosen careers, Wells students forge ahead with confidence and professionalism. 

Reputation for excellence
Wells College ranked in the top 100 colleges in the nation by Forbes magazine in 2010. Wells was also ranked 25th for best value in the 2010 U.S.News & World Report list of the 40 top liberal arts programs. The seminar-
style classes are similar to what one would find in a graduate program.

The faculty members at Wells are not only outstanding educators but also recognized and active scholars in their fields. More than 90% of faculty hold terminal degrees from a myriad of institutions, including Harvard, Yale, University of California at Berkeley, Brown, Cornell, Rutgers, and Stanford, among others. As a direct result of small class sizes and the quality of faculty, students at Wells have the extraordinary opportunity to work side by side with professors on original research projects.

All academic majors award credit for research. Students may select an individual topic or join a research team. Opportunities range from theater production and art exhibitions to experiments in medicinal chemistry, software engineering, internships, or learning “green” business technology in our Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.

Experiential learning
Wells takes a cutting-edge approach to higher education by incorporating hands-on experience as part of every student’s core curriculum, regardless of major. Course materials are tied directly to career development through internships, off-campus study, research, and community service.

By graduation, 97% of seniors complete an internship. Recently students have interned with Bank of New York (New York City), British Parliament (London), CNBC (Washington, D.C.), City Hall of the 13th District (Paris), Fidelity Investments (Boston), Hollings Marine Laboratory (South Carolina), Parker School (Hawaii), Smithsonian Institute (D.C.), Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse, New York), Wells Fargo Bank (San Francisco), the West African Research Center (Senegal), and many others.

Wells also offers off-campus study affiliations locally with Cornell University and Ithaca College.

Study abroad
Approximately 40% of Wells students
take advantage of study abroad programs. The study abroad experience enriches both academic and personal growth. Wells encourages students to push the boundaries of what they know about themselves and the worldthey inhabit. Students may study abroad in one of the institution’s flagship programs in Florence, Italy, or Dakar, Senegal. Wells also offers affiliated programs in 19 different countries. Study abroad options are flexible as well as academically and financially accessible due to one semester of zero additional tuition charge.

Recently a Wells economics major held a prestigious Corporate Affiliates internship at the Bank of New York and spent a semester studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science. While studying abroad, this student presented original research at a national conference on economics and development. This story is not unique, as these oppor-tunities are easily accessible for all Wells students.

Pre-professional programs
Students who already have a professional career in mind may actively pursue that goal while attending Wells College. They may choose to enter career-oriented pre-professional programs, which prepare them for top graduate programs or provide them with professional certification.

A member of the Northeast Association of Pre-law Advisors, the pre-law advisory program at Wells prepares students who wish to enter law school after graduation. Pre-law advisors assist students in planning their undergraduate curriculum, preparing for the LSAT, and completing law school applications.

The pre-health professions advisory group (including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, allied health services, and physical therapy) provides students with guidelines to the requirements for their particular field of study and preparation for patient interactions through interpersonal skill refinement.

In addition to preparatory programs, Wells also offers articulated degrees in engineering, business, and education. With a 3+2 program, students interested in engineering will receive dual degrees at graduation. The business degree is a 4+1 program in which the student receives aB.A. as well as an

M.B.A. in just five years. Likewise, the education 4+1 program accelerates professional certification by awarding the student with a bachelor’s from Wells and either an M.A.T. or M.S. from the Margaret Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

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Quality and value
Wells is a coeducational, four-year liberal arts college nationally recognized for offering the best education at an affordable price, with a tradition of advocacy for social justice and service to the common good.

On the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in New York State’s Finger Lakes resort region; over-300-acre campus in an area known for its high concentration of prestigious schools; abundant out-door recreational opportunities; Wells is named in leading college guides as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

Approximately 90% of students live in College residence halls.

600 students from across the United
States and several foreign countries attend Wells. Student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Average class size is 13 students.

93% of faculty members have doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields.

Majors and minors
Wells offers majors and concentrations in 25 areas of study and 48 minors.

Pre-professional studies
Education (elementary and secondary certification), engineering, health professions, law; more than half of Wells graduates choose to attend graduate or professional school.

Dual-degree programs
Business administration, education, and engineering are available.

Athletics (NCAA Division III)
Intercollegiate women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Intercollegiate men’s teams include basketball, cross-country,
lacrosse, swimming, soccer, and volleyball.

Cornell University connection
Wells and nearby Cornell University have historic ties. Wells students can take classes at Cornell, and the College has affiliated programs with Cornell’s engineering schools.

Off-campus study
Wells has affiliated programs in Australia, Belize, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya and Tanzania, New Zealand, Panama, Scotland, Senegal, Spain, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United Kingdom. Additional affiliations include Cornell cross-registration program; the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Maine); and the Washington, D.C., Semester.

Financial aid
Nearly 100% of Wells students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The cost of a Wells education is, in many cases, very competitive with the cost of most comparable schools.