2017 Scholarship Celebration

March 31, 2017

You've worked hard — it's time to celebrate! We can't wait to see you on campus for the Scholarship Celebration. This page will be regularly updated with important information regarding the Celebration as the event approaches. Please find instructions and other details to help you arrange your trip.



Driving Directions

The New York State Thruway (Interstate Route 90) is 25 miles to the north. Route 17 (the Southern Tier Expressway and the future I-86) is approximately 50 miles to the south. Route I-81 is 30 miles to the east.

From the New York State Thruway and traveling West
Exit at Weedsport (#40); make a right onto Route 34 south to Auburn; make a right onto Routes 5 & 20 west and a left onto Route 326 to the village of Union Springs; turn left on local Route 90 to Aurora.

From the New York State Thruway and traveling East
Exit at Waterloo (#41); turn right at the tollbooth and turn left again onto Route 318. Make a left onto Routes 5 & 20 east; then a right onto local Route 90 through the villages of Cayuga and Union Springs to Aurora.

From Route 17/ Interstate 86 and traveling West
Take I-81 to Homer exit (#12); make a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Route 281 north; a left onto Route 90 (very soon after turning onto Route 281); take local 90 to Aurora (approximately 40 miles).

From Route 17/ Interstate 86 and traveling East
Exit at Route 13 (#54) north to Ithaca; exit off of Route 13 onto Route 34 north to Lansing; make a left onto Route 34B; make another left onto Route 90 in King Ferry; nine miles to Aurora.

View the Wells College Campus Map (PDF).



This agenda is tentative and subject to change. Check back often for updates.


8:30 - 9 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Welcome to Wells
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Getting Ready for College Life: Discussion and Q&A with the Provost and College Dean
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Campus Tour
10:30 - 11:15 Campus Life Activities
*10:30 - 11:15 Welcome to the Wells Family: A Conversation with Current Wells Parents & Alumni
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch featuring the Whirligigs (student a capella group)
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Academic & Campus Life Social
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Classroom Experience (sign up for classes below!)
*1:30 - 2 p.m. A Conversation About Financial Aid and Using the Globe
2:45 Wrap-up
3:15 Choose Your Own Wells Adventure (optional)

*parents and guests only


Class Sign-Ups

You will be able to participate in one class during the Celebration. Choose your favorite from the list below and sign up! Space is limited, so register today to reserve a seat.


Parking on Campus

If you and your guests are driving to campus, please park anywhere there is designated parking on campus, other than handicapped spots. Follow signage to the Woods Lot, where parking options are best. There will also be staff available to assist you with locating parking spaces.


Off-Campus Accommodations

If you have guests accompanying you for the Celebration, there are a variety of accommodations available off-campus. Below are some options in Aurora, where Wells College is located, as well as neighboring towns such as King Ferry (8 miles away), Auburn (18 miles away), and Ithaca (25 miles away).

Aurora / King Ferry

Annie's Guest House
Comfortable and convenient guest house on Main Street in Aurora

Aurora MainStays
Freshly renovated, comfortable and convenient guest houses on Main Street in Aurora

Inns of Aurora
Elegant, historic lodgings offering four distinctive properties, each with its own character

Homer Wilson House
A converted Greek Revival style home in King Ferry that features three guest rooms, each with a private bath. The innkeepers are graduates of the Culinary Institute of America – they prepare fresh gourmet breakfast daily


Hilton Garden Inn
A modern hotel in downtown Auburn, minutes away from the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum or Waterloo Premium Outlets

*Holiday Inn
Just off Routes 5 and 20 and near Owasco Lake, this Holiday Inn is conveniently located to local businesses and popular attractions in the Finger Lakes area. *Mention that you are visiting Wells College for an event to receive a discount!

Inn at the Finger Lakes
Near historical, cultural and recreational points of interest including Skaneateles Lake, Owasco Lake, Harriet Tubman House and William Seward House

Wicher Garden B&B
An artistically unique and comfortable getaway that offers four-course country breakfast


Econo Lodge
Near the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport and many shops and restaurants

Quality Inn
Near the Ithaca Falls Natural Area and Ithaca Commons Shopping District

Meadow Court Inn
In the heart of downtown Ithaca, near Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Ithaca Commons Shopping District

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