Why Wells

Your dreams. Your future. Your Wells.

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an investment worth making

Your dreams. Your future. Your Wells.

Wells is small in size but big on opportunity. Nothing is ever out of reach. You’ll always feel like you belong here because we celebrate you – just as you are, without compromise. You’ll be challenged to think differently by talented faculty and peers from all over the globe. And when you graduate, you’ll join more than 7,000 proud alumni who are professionals, scholars and leaders in their fields.

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an investment worth making

Wells by the Numbers

Founded in 1868 Wells College is an ever-changing community committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We welcome and value students of any race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, religion, belief, class, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability or age.

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Full-Time Students from
21 States and 6 Countries

93%

Full-Time Faculty with
Terminal Degrees

36%

Students of Color

40+

Student Organizations
and Clubs

37%

of students are
student-athletes

15

Division III Sports

% of students who participate in an internship or other experiential learning opportunity
100%
% of students employed full-time within six months of graduation
80%
% of students continuing their education in graduate school or in professional programs
40%

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Lakeside Learning and Living

Situated on more than 300 acres overlooking Cayuga Lake in Aurora, New York, Wells combines the simplicity and safety of village living with easy access to metropolitan and educational centers: ½ hour from Ithaca (home of Cornell University), 1 hour from Rochester and Syracuse, and 5 hours from New York City.

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of Students Live On Campus

in 6 residence halls featuring a variety of architectural styles and room types–from the comfortable cottage feel of Weld House to the 19th century Glen Park Mansion, the former home of Wells’ founder Henry Wells.

Wells College Red map of NYS
two students sitting on a dock

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Unmatched Personal Attention

Your Wells journey will be supported by rich mentorship and advising as you work one-on-one with faculty. Wells professors know you by name and are passionate about what you are passionate about. They are lifelong mentors who will guide and support you on your unique path well beyond graduation.

11:1

Student-Faculty Ratio

12

Average Class Size

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an investment worth making

Wells Invests In You

When it comes to financial aid, we are need-blind — your need for financial assistance does not impact your chance for admission. Your education is a significant investment and we are committed to helping put a Wells education within reach.

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of Wells students receive need-based aid or merit-based scholarships.
Many receive both!

$20K

Average Institutional Aid Award

$15K

Average Net Cost for 2020-21

46%

of Incoming Students Were Awarded Top-Level Scholarships (3.5 GPA or higher)

Nearly 2/3 of Tuition

Can be Covered by Merit-Based Scholarships

125 Endowed Awards

Are Offered to Help with Your Wells Education Investment.

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What Others Are Saying

Ranked #12 for social mobility and #44 for campus diversity among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report

Named on Princeton Review’s list of best northeastern colleges

One of the 416 "Best Green Colleges" named by Princeton Review

Named "Best Bang For The Buck" on Washington Monthly’s list of the nation's top liberal arts colleges

Phi Theta Kappa recognized Wells for its excellence in creating and implementing dynamic pathways for transfer students.

The town of Aurora was recently named one of the most charming college towns in New York by Travelmag.com.

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Did you know?

The Center for Sustainability and the Environment at Wells College challenges students to learn about food, energy, water use, consumer habits, environmental toxins, and lifestyle choices that impact the environment, society, and economy. 

Each year the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship hosts an Entrepreneurship Week which includes profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurship contests with cash prizes for the top business ideas presented by students.

Wells offers cross-registration and partnerships with other institutions including Cornell University, Ithaca College, the University of Rochester, Clarkson University, and Columbia University. 

Transfer affiliations with local community colleges help create a seamless transfer for students completing their college journey at Wells.