Wells College

Wells College is a private liberal arts and sciences college located on the shores of beautiful Cayuga Lake in western New York State. Wells provides students with a rigorous, personalized, and experiential learning experience. The Wells campus is a is a tight-knit and diverse community of approximately 500 students.

  • Average Tuition USD 40,700
  • Acceptance Rate 80%
  • Students 482
  • International Students 3%
  • Total Annual Cost USD 49,550
  • Intakes August, February
  • Application Deadline April 1
  • Transfer yes
  • Campus Setting Rural

School Description

Wells College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York. Our modern curriculum combines theory with real-world applications, resulting in graduates who are versatile, empathetic, and prepared to continue learning throughout their lives. The College boasts a highly collaborative learning environment. Wells professors are skilled and approachable teachers as well as respected scholars and professionals. Students come from diverse backgrounds to create a connected community in which openness, acceptance, and inclusion of all beliefs are appreciated. Wells students not only take a direct role in shaping their education, they are prepared to pursue advanced and professional studies as well as meaningful careers. Our most popular academic programs include Business, Psychology, Health Sciences, Biology, and English. With one faculty for every nine students, students are able to engage directly with their professors and be active participants in their education. Students also have many opportunities to get involved and pursue their personal interests with over 40 student organizations and 15 NCAA athletic teams. Partnerships with 15 institutions around the globe provide a wide range of opportunities for students who wish to study abroad. Wells students also benefit from our institutional partnerships, dual-degree programs, and cross-registration with other institutions, such as Cornell University, Columbia University, the University of Rochester, and Ithaca College.

  • 01Wells College offers students personalized, experiential, and career-focused education.
  • 02The faculty at Wells College assists students in expanding their education outside of the classroom through internship placement and professional-level research starting as early as freshman year.
  • 03The Wells College campus is a safe and supportive residential environment for international students.

Bachelor Programs

  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Biology

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Study the science of life at Wells' scenic lakeside campus amid the wild natural areas of Aurora, New York. Hike through the surrounding woods for botany or dissect specimens for zoology. Voyage on Cayuga Lake on the more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Business

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Prepare for a career in business in a hands-on bachelor's degree program that offers valuable learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. At Wells, you'll have opportunities to work with area businesses to more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Chemistry

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Chemistry majors at Wells College are active participants in both the classroom and the laboratory, exploring and discovering how nature works at the atomic and molecular level. Modern equipment and engaging experime more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Computer Science

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>As a computer science major at Wells, you'll work with modern computing systems and software, learning how to process and create code and apply the laws of technical systems to practical situations. The undergraduate more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Criminal Justice

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Why do people break laws, and what happens when they do? In the Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program at Wells College, you'll connect and compare justice systems around the world, analyzing each through the cri more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Economics and Management

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>The study of economics and management crosses over issues that concern people everywhere: growth and energy use, inequality and poverty, climate change, technological development, and employment and the job market. A more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Education: Inclusive Childhood

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>As an education major at Wells, you’re part of a small but passionate teaching program that emphasizes real-world experience, strong faculty-student relationships, and a commitment to teaching diverse learners. From more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    English

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Learn to live a richer, fuller, more examined life in an English program that enables you to fully explore your place in the world. As an English major at Wells, you'll have opportunities to publish your own writing, more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Environmental Science

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Apply your passion for environmental issues in a hands-on undergraduate program that emphasizes a scientific approach to environmental studies and stewardship. In the Environmental Science bachelor's degree program a more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Film and Media Studies

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Explore film studies and media studies through a broad liberal arts curriculum that gives you experience working on both sides of the lens. In the Film and Media Studies bachelor's degree program, you'll have unique more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Health Science

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>The Health Sciences Major at Wells College enables you to participate in a program that brings together diverse academic disciplines and focus your studies in a specialized healthcare field. With valuable on-the-job more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    History

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>By learning about the past, we learn to know ourselves, and the world in which we live. Our undergraduate History program offers unique opportunities to explore the nature of human experience through hands-on researc more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    International Studies

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>In the International Studies bachelor's degree program at Wells College, you'll learn about the complex political, economic, and cultural factors that affect international relations among nations. Small, discussion-b more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Mathematics

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>The study of math teaches you more than a specific skill set: math teaches you how to think and imparts analytical and problem-solving skills you can apply to all kinds of careers and in day-to-day life. In the Mathe more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Molecular Biology

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Explore areas which are at the interface of biology and chemistry in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology bachelor's degree program at Wells College. At Wells, you'll have opportunities to conduct and present your more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Physics

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Explore everything from the largest galaxies to the smallest particles as a physics major at Wells College. You'll study the fundamental laws of nature through investigation and mathematical formulation and examine t more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Political Science

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>As a political science major at Wells, you'll seek to understand the human condition and work to improve it. You'll ask why, and learn to use empirical evidence to find answers. Our undergraduate program emphasizes c more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Psychology

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Whether you're looking towards a career in law, human services, health care, business, or nonprofit work, a bachelor's degree in psychology will help you learn to understand people, comprehend their thinking, and wor more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Sociology/Anthropology

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>The Sociology and Anthropology program allows you to take courses in both disciplines—exploring human societies, traditions, and cultural differences over time. Professional development and hands-on learning are core more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Spanish

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Our Spanish bachelor's degree program links the study of languages, literatures, and cultures with a required semester of off-campus study, teaching you how to communicate, work creatively, and appreciate life in a p more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Sustainability

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Learn about the challenges and needs facing cultures worldwide and how you can create meaningful change, from personal behavior to scientific understanding to economic policy. The major in sustainability is a highly more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Theatre

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>Join a dynamic performing arts program that puts you to work right away, both on stage and behind the scenes. As a theatre major at Wells College, you'll start getting valuable stage and production experience early i more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Visual Arts

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>With 24-hour access to studio space, small classes with robust supplies, rewarding internship and hands-on learning opportunities, and our unique connection to the Wells Book Arts Center and other campus resources, t more
  • 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

    Women and Gender Studies

    USD 40,700 Tuition Fee
    <p>As a women's and gender studies major at Wells, you'll investigate the roles of women, ideas about gender, and relationships between women and men—over time and across cultures. You'll work in small, discussion-based more
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Rankings

  • SchoolApply Ranking
    SchoolApply Ranking 761
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 640
  • US News (Liberal Arts)
    US News (Liberal Arts) 173

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 75
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum SAT 620
  • Average SAT Score 1535

Accreditations

    Financial Aid & Scholarship


    • International Merit Awards

      $5,000 - $15,000 With their unique backgrounds and perspectives, international students contribute to the global living and learning environment at Wells College. Wells College automatically considers every international applicant for a scholarship to contribute towards their pursuit of a Wells education. Award amount will be determined based on the student's academic record. International students in search of further financial assistance may benefit from researching scholarships from external sources.

    • Global Citizenship Award

      Granted to students who demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities and outstanding service to their local communities outside of the classroom. In addition to the International Student Scholarship (outlined above), students who are chosen for the Global Citizenship Award will receive a bonus award of $2,000 (USD).

    • Canadian Provincial Scholarships

      Automatically given to students from Canada with a cumulative academic standing of 85 or higher. In addition to the International Student Scholarship (outlined above), students who qualify for the Canadian Provincial Scholarship will receive a bonus award of $2,000 (USD).

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    Established in 1868

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    170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026, United States

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      • Testimony
        2018-2022, B.S. Physics major with Engineering advising track

        Wells provides generous financial aid

        I became interested in Wells because of the Honor Code and the beautiful and ideal campus location. I chose Wells because of the generous financial aid offered, the rich traditions and the friendly and helpful communications I received from the Admissions Team. Everything I’m learning here are so unique and great for my personal development, but what I think is most special so far is the WELLS 100 course [Wellness, Engagement and Lifelong Learning for Success]. It has helped me learn ways to stay on course whenever I’m faced with challenging situations at college or in life.

      • Testimony
        2018-2019, B.A. International Studies major

        Wells gave me the opportunity to improve my English

        I was interested in classes such as piano, yoga, kickboxing, etc. because they are not available at college in Japan. Wells College is a small, so we can make good relationship with everyone. If you are Japanese and do not have a confidence in speaking English, you can have a good opportunities to improve your English skill here because except Japanese exchange students, everyone is native English speakers.

      • Testimony
        2018-2022, B.S. Environmental Studies major and Sustainable Food Systems minor

        Wells feels like home away from home

        I got interested in Wells due to the generous financial aid I received and the beautiful campus scene. As a first-year international student, Wells College feels like a home away from home. Most importantly, everyone is welcoming. Wells is the place for students who want to have a great college experience. At Wells, people appreciate your specialness, traditions are respected, Professors are your friends, and the experience is worth your money.