Wells provides an integrated, career-focused education on one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. Students join a distinctive educational tradition with an impressive 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 working on a collaborative project with their peers and professors, studying abroad in 18 different countries, competing on the athletic fields, or entering their chosen careers, Wells students forge ahead with confidence and professionalism.
Unique learning community
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 College was included in The Princeton Review’s 2016 Guide to Green Colleges with a Green Score of 91. Seminar-style classes and solution-focused laboratories are similar to what one would find in a graduate program.
The faculty members at Wells are not only outstanding educators but also notable, active scholars in their fields. Professors hold advanced degrees from institutions including Harvard, the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California at Berkeley, Brown, Cornell, Rutgers, and Columbia. As part of our campus culture, students have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with professors and often work side by side with them on original research projects and publications.
All academic majors require an in-depth senior capstone project. Students choose their topic with advice from faculty in the program and pursue it for a semester or full year. Opportunities include theater productions and art exhibitions, experiments in medicinal chemistry, software engineering, business startup development, environmental political action, and much more.
Wells takes a cutting-edge approach to higher education by incorporating hands-on opportunities as part of every student’s experience. Course materials are tied to career development through internships, off-campus study, research, and community service.
By graduation 100% of seniors complete an internship. Recently students have interned with Bank of New York (New York City), British Parliament (London), CNBC (Washington, DC), Fidelity Investments (Boston), Hollings Marine Laboratory (South Carolina), the Smithsonian Institute (DC), Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse, New York), the West African Research Center (Senegal), and many others.
Wells’s three academic Centers—the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, Center for Sustainability and the Environment, and Book Arts Center—offer unique and popular programs and opportunities. Students from all majors can take advantage of their campus spaces and courses to develop new skills and connect with the world around them.
Wells also offers cross-registration locally with Cornell University and Ithaca College.
Approximately 40% of Wells students take advantage of study abroad programs, enriching both academic and personal growth. Wells encourages students to push the boundaries of what they know about themselves and the world they inhabit. Students may study abroad in the institution’s flagship program Wells in Florence or through affiliated programs in 18 countries around the world. Study abroad options are flexible as well as 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. Another student presented original research at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro. These stories are not unique, as opportunities are accessible for all Wells students.
Students who already have a professional career in mind actively pursue that goal through intensive pre-professional programs that prepare them for graduate school or provide them with professional certification.
Wells is a member of the Northeast Association of Pre-law Advisors, and our Pre-law advisory program is for students who wish to enter law school after graduation. Faculty advisors assist students in planning their undergraduate curriculum, preparing for the LSAT, and completing law school applications.
The 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.
Wells also offers articulated degrees in Engineering, Business, and Education. Through the 3/2 program, students interested in Engineering receive dual degrees at graduation. The 4+1 program in Business results in a BA as well as an MBA in just five years. Likewise, the Education 4+1 program accelerates professional certification by awarding the student a bachelor’s from Wells and either an MAT or MS 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 outdoor 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 10:1; average class size is 12 students.
Majors and minors
Wells offers majors and concentrations in 25 areas of study and 48 minors.
Education (Elementary and Secondary certification), Engineering, Health Professions, and Law; more than half of Wells graduates choose to attend graduate or professional school.
Business Administration, Education, and Engineering are available.
Athletics (NCAA Division III)
Intercollegiate women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Intercollegiate men’s teams include baseball, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and volleyball.
Academic Centers of Excellence
• Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship
• Center for Sustainability and the Environment
• Book Arts Center
• Wells in Florence
Wells has affiliated programs in Australia, Belize, Cambodia, China, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Panama, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Additional affiliations include Albany Internship Experience and the Cornell cross-registration program.
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 very competitive with the cost of most comparable schools.