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.
Type of School: Wells College is a nationally recognized private college of liberal arts and sciences located in Upstate New York. Founded in 1868, Wells provides an academically rigorous and relationship-based education strengthened by an emphasis on community, diversity, and hands-on learning. The College’s mission is to teach students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives.
Students: Approximately 500 students from across the United States and several foreign countries attend Wells. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1. The average class size is 12 students. 76% of students are in-state residents, 21% are out of state, and 2% are international. The male-to-female ratio is 4:6. For fall 2017, the majority of the student body was comprised of 13.3% Black (non-Hispanic), 13.6% Hispanic, and 60% White (non-Hispanic) students.
Faculty: 62 full- and part-time faculty members teach at Wells; 73% hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field; 100% of classes at Wells are taught by professors.
Programs: Wells offers 30 majors and 48 minors, not including concentrations.
Financial Aid: 98% of Wells students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study.
Test Score Requirements: SAT and ACT scores are not required for admission to Wells College.
Application Deadlines and Fees: There is no fee associated with applying to Wells College. Completed applications must be submitted before March 1 for funding and housing considerations.
Wells College provides a career-focused liberal arts and sciences education that is steeped in history and defined by innovation. Wells students are prepared for the real world, and our graduates are found in leadership roles in every career field and consistently gain entrance to top graduate and professional schools.
Wells College is located on the shore of Cayuga Lake in scenic Upstate New York. For the past 150 years, the nature of the Wells experience has remained unchanged: intensely personal and totally unique. Employers in all industries recognize Wells graduates by their characteristic confidence and professionalism. The curriculum emphasizes real-world skills and knowledge starting from day one. Whether it’s working on a collaborative project or conducting research, studying abroad, competing on athletic fields, or interning in a professional environment, Wells students do it all!
Unique learning community
An average Wells class has fewer than 12 students, and the learning environment is akin to graduate school seminars. Every class is flexibly designed to suit students’ needs and learning styles. Students benefit from a faculty mentor starting in their first semester, as well as academic program advisors, and receive personal guidance throughout their time at Wells. By the end of their education, students will have established a meaningful connection with their advisors that continues well after graduation. All students graduate after completing an in-depth senior capstone project and have at least one internship experience. As soon as their first year, Wells students have the extraordinary opportunity to work side by side with professors on original research projects and peer-reviewed publications. Students have been selected to present their findings at the distinguished annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
Hands-on experience and interdisciplinary studies are cornerstones of the Wells curriculum, regardless of major. Course materials are tied directly to career development through internships, off-campus study, research, and community service. Recent student internships include:
• HarperCollins Publishing (New York City)
• Bank of New York (New York City)
• CNBC (Washington, DC)
• Hollings Marine Laboratory (Charleston, South Carolina)
• Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (Lexington, Massachusetts)
• Parker School (Hawaii)
• Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC)
• Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse, New York)
• Legal Aid Society (Rochester, New York)
• The West African Research Center (Senegal)
• House of Commons (Great Britain)
• City Hall of the 13th District (Paris)
Wells also offers off-campus study and program affiliations with Cornell University, Ithaca College, the University of Rochester, Columbia University, and Clarkson University. Accelerated tracks such as 3/2 and 4+1 programs are also available.
Approximately 35% of Wells students study abroad. Students may study abroad through the College’s flagship program in Florence, Italy, or through affiliated programs in over a dozen countries around the world. When studying abroad, the students’ financial aid benefits will travel with them, incurring no additional tuition cost.
Wells actively prepares students who already have a professional career in mind. The Pre-law advisory program guides students who wish to enter law school. 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 Medicine, Allied Health Services, and Physical Therapy) provides guidance for students who are preparing for a specific field of medicinal study and training.