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 29,400
  • Acceptance Rate 57%
  • Students 500
  • International Students 3%
  • Total Annual Cost USD 45,300
  • Intakes January/August
  • Application Deadline Mar 01 2019
  • 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 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 interactive Floating Classroom. And work closely with top professors who are not only exceptional researchers in diverse fields of biology, but dedicated mentors who provide the encouragement to create your own projects and discover new interests. The Biology major at Wells College leads to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and is offered as a minor as well.

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

    Business

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 solve real-world business challenges, and even design your own business, empowering you and your fellow business students with the skills to build successful careers as business managers and entrepreneurs. At the same time, you'll have the experience of a small, private liberal arts college, working closely with top professors who bring real-world business experience to the classroom.

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

    Chemistry

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 experimentation are a part of every class, with a focus on research and hands-on learning. We also offer cross-registration at Cornell University, giving you the opportunity to experience a variety of learning strategies and broaden your study of chemistry off-campus. The Chemistry major at Wells College leads to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and is also offered as a minor.

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

    Computer Science

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 program offers a variety of real-world learning experiences, including exciting internship and study abroad opportunities, a Business Idea Competition, and the chance to participate in professional research conferences. The Computer Science program is available as both a major and a minor.

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

    Criminal Justice

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 critical lens of race, class, and gender to understand who benefits and who suffers and why. You can choose courses in the Criminal Justice program based on your interests and career goals, adding specialization and focusing your expertise in a specific area. The Criminal Justice program offers both a major and a minor.

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

    Economics and Management

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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. As an economics and management major at Wells, you'll explore each of these topics in a multidisciplinary liberal arts program that strongly integrates business and mathematics into its core study—leading to a more varied undergraduate education you can apply to a wide range of careers. You'll also get to collaborate directly with top faculty who bring extensive economics research experience to their classes and learn to conduct your own research while gaining hands-on experience in professional business management roles. Students can choose a concentration in either business or management as part of this bachelor's degree program. The Economics and Management major at Wells College leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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

    Education: Inclusive Childhood

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 your first education class, you’ll start working with teachers in the classroom and continue to expand your field work throughout the program—culminating with extensive student teaching experiences in your senior year. At the same time, you’ll benefit from an exceptional level of personal mentorship and support, working closely with faculty who have strong childhood teaching experience. Graduates of the bachelor’s degree program will be ready to teach in both general and special education classrooms, grades 1-6, after successfully passing the required New York State certification exams.

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

    English

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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, interact with internationally-recognized poets and writers as part of our Visiting Writers Series, design your own internship experience, and make valuable career connections. Working in small classes at a private liberal arts college in scenic New York State, you'll also find a strong sense of community and benefit from close mentorship by accomplished and accessible faculty.

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

    Environmental Science

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 at Wells, you'll learn by doing, taking your studies beyond the classroom and into the forests, lakes, rich natural areas and breathtaking scenery surrounding our small college campus in scenic Aurora, New York. As a graduate of the program, not only will you develop a strong scientific understanding of environmental issues you can apply directly to a wide range of careers, you will also gain a deeper appreciation of nature's awesome beauty and its impact upon the human experience.

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

    Film and Media Studies

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 opportunities to produce your own works in film as well as journalistic and creative non-fiction writing, advertising, and public relations. At Wells, you'll also find small classes with one-on-one mentorship and a close sense of community that will enrich your undergraduate experience. The Film and Media Studies program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and can be complemented with a variety of minor program options.

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

    Health Science

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 placement opportunities in the local New York region and beyond, our Health Sciences program provides the extensive patient interaction experiences that employers and graduate schools are looking for. At Wells, you’ll also benefit from strong student-faculty relationships, with one-on-one mentorship and expert advising to guide you every step of your program.

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

    History

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 research and study, in a collaborative learning environment at a small, private liberal arts college. You'll move beyond textbooks, conducting research using primary sources such as journals, letters, and articles from a variety of historical periods. You'll also benefit from close interaction with top faculty who are exceptional educators, valuable mentors, and accomplished researchers in their respective fields of history. The History program is offered as both a major and a minor.

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

    International Studies

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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-based classes look at global studies from diverse perspectives while allowing for one-on-one mentorship with faculty and rewarding collaboration with peers. At the same time, you'll get to apply classroom learning in real-world contexts through a variety of opportunities such as study abroad programs, internship and research experiences, a senior thesis, and our international studies colloquium. The International Studies major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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

    Mathematics

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 Mathematics bachelor's degree program at Wells College, you'll get to explore the many practical applications of math while gaining a well-rounded, liberal arts education that will position you for success in the job market or prepare you for advanced study in graduate school. The Mathematics program is available as a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and as a minor.

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

    Molecular Biology

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 own research, and pursue hands-on learning experiences based on your interests and career goals. You'll also get to work closely with top science professors who will challenge you to expand your horizons and support you as you apply what you have learned to new situations. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major leads to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and is also offered as a minor.

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

    Physics

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 the roles of computers in the sciences. You'll also learn how physics interconnects with other sciences through an interdisciplinary, liberal arts program that will enable you to bring a broad perspective to any problem. Hands-on learning opportunities in the New York region and beyond enable you to apply your learning to real-world challenges, discover your interests, and prepare for career success. The Physics major is the preferred program for the 3/2 dual degree program in Engineering with Cornell, Columbia, or Clarkson Universities. The Physics program at Wells leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and is also available as a minor.

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

    Political Science

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 careful analysis that leads to real understanding: we strive to prepare analysts, not pundits. As a liberal arts program, we provide a broad base of foundational concepts within the discipline of political science. We also offer numerous opportunities to apply your learning in the field, working in settings such as the United Nations, the White House, Capitol Hill, multinational companies, and diverse political organizations. The Political Science program is offered as both a major and a minor.

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

    Psychology

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 work with them effectively. At Wells, you'll learn from top professors with expertise in diverse areas of psychology and have rewarding opportunities to apply your learning through hands-on experiences in the field. The Psychology program is offered as both a major and a minor.

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

    Sociology/Anthropology

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 components of the bachelor's degree program, as you make valuable career and personal connections in the local New York community and around the world. Our sociology and anthropology majors gain valuable real-world experience through internships and study abroad, presenting their own research at conferences and to peers, and even working with professors on research projects for professional publication. In addition to the Sociology and Anthropology major, we also offer a separate minor in sociology and a minor in anthropology.

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

    Spanish

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 pluralistic world. Spanish majors at Wells gain new respect for the unique contributions and identities of diverse interconnected cultures and societies, while working in the supportive learning community of a small, private liberal arts college. At the same time, you'll prepare to enter a growing array of professional careers that reward foreign language competence, cross-cultural experiences, and international perspectives. The Spanish major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and is also available as a minor. At least one semester of study in a Spanish-speaking country is required.

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

    Sustainability

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 interdisciplinary program that draws on psychology, economics, anthropology, environmental science, and more. You'll get involved with a variety of hands-on projects related to agriculture, composting, recycling, water use, administrative policy, renewable energy, and sustainable business. Our Center for Sustainability and the Environment also provides guidance and opportunities for diverse connections with the community. At Wells, you'll find an ideal location to pursue your bachelor's degree in sustainability, in the agriculturally-rich Finger Lakes region of New York State. We also practice what we teach. In fact, Wells College recently received recognition from the Princeton Review and the Sierra Club for sustainability practices and education.

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

    Theatre

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 in your undergraduate program—working closely with top theatre and dance professionals who help you discover your passion, craft a program that fits your interests, and prepare for career success. In addition to a required internship in theatre, other hands-on opportunities include a London theatre experiential learning trip, study-abroad programs, work-study jobs in the theatre department, and more. The theatre major at Wells College leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

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

    Visual Arts

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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, the Visual Arts program offers valuable and enriching opportunities for anyone with a passion for creating art. Our liberal arts curriculum, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree, provides a broad base of ideas you can draw from, positioning you for success in diverse career paths. As a visual arts major at Wells, you’ll also enjoy the connected, collaborative learning environment of a small college while having access to a vast network of resources and opportunities in the surrounding New York art community and beyond. Visual arts majors can focus studies in Art History, Studio Art, and Book Arts.

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

    Women and Gender Studies

    USD 29,400 Tuition Fee
    • Application deadline Mar 01 2019

    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 classes in the supportive learning environment of our private liberal arts college, where programs emphasize personal relationships and close mentorship. The Women's and Gender Studies bachelor's degree program also offers a variety of study abroad and internship opportunities that enable you to connect women's studies to other academic disciplines while gaining hands-on career experience and serving local and global communities.

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    SchoolApply Ranking 793
  • US News (Liberal Arts)
    US News (Liberal Arts) 168
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 544

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 80
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Average SAT Score 1535

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    • International Merit Awards

      $5,000 - $15,000With 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.The following region-specific scholarships are also available to international students:Canada Scholar Advanced Awards are automatically given to students from Canada with a cumulative academic standing of 85 or higher. Qualifying students receive a Canadian Provincial Scholarship and a bonus scholarship of $2,000 (US$).Latin America Scholar Award winners are selected based on the academic performance, commitment to global awareness and overall leadership qualities of students from or living in Latin American countries. Up to $15,000 (US$) can be awarded for each of the recipient's four years of study.

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          • Testimony
            1965-1969, BA, English and Music

            I loved the setting on Cayuga Lake, the size (close to 600 when I entered), the quality of the faculty,and the one-on-one attention afforded by the faculty. And Wells came highly recommended by my cousin Sue Getzendanner Wells'64, whom I greatly admired. I enjoyed exploring a variety of subjects in the arts while at Wells--most especially music, the fine arts, music and my major field of English. Wells became my first employer after graduation and for several years thereafter. I worked in the offices of Admissions, Dean of Students, and Finance as comptroller. Wells provided me with an excellent set of professional experiences that enabled me to serve Ithaca College in the 80's and 90's as assistant vice-president and treasurer. I treasure my years at Wells College.

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            2001-2005, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Performing Arts with a concentration in Music

            Wells College holds a very special place in my heart... This college is a remarkable place to pursue a Bachelor's Degree and grow into young adulthood. You not only learn the aspects of your chosen major, but you gain a respect for knowledge and the pursuit of lifetime learning. Small class sizes and the accessibility of faculty and staff contribute to a truly unique experience that not many colleges can offer anymore. I received a BA in Music/Performing Arts and was very fortunate to have an amazing artist as my professor, adviser and mentor. If I needed help on an assignment, I knew that I could get help from faculty at almost anytime and that is truly unique to Wells. I am heartbroken to hear that the music program has almost disappeared, but I can't say I am surprised due to the politics surrounding that department during my time there. I am, however, impressed with the growth and prosperity of my Alma Mater. The addition of the science building, new curriculum and a growing career services department can only help to strengthen the positive future for Wells. It is also located in a small piece of Heaven right on Cayuga Lake. I found the serene environment perfect for learning, although I know that many people couldn't understand why I chose to go to college "in the middle of nowhere". This might not appeal to everyone, but I found this remote, beautiful location very peaceful. I still visit as often as I can so that I can enjoy the serenity in this chaotic world. I highly recommend Wells College. It is a very wonderful place that I was lucky to call home for 4 years of my life.