Mission Statement and Community Standards

Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the current year.

Wells College Mission Statement

The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.

To fulfill this mission, Wells College has instituted institutional and program goals.

Community Standards Statement

Wells College strives to become a diverse and inclusive community where individuals live, work, teach and learn with a goal of promoting and maintaining an atmosphere of respect. Membership is a privilege that requires all individuals to treat others humanely, and with mutual understanding and tolerance. Wells College fosters an environment in which free speech, openness, acceptance, and inclusion—even of those ideas or beliefs that may be controversial—are appreciated and considered in their appropriate settings.

Discrimination on the basis of (but not limited to) race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, age, varying physical or mental abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political beliefs will not be tolerated. Verbally or physically abusive or harassing behavior that makes the College atmosphere intimidating, hostile, or threatening is unacceptable. All community members are subject to the laws that govern the rest of society.

Information about the implementation of the Community Standards Statement in the classroom, workplace and residence halls, as well as responding to violations of the Community Standards Statement, can be found in the Community Handbook.

Student LifE

Investment in the Wells College community requires courteous regard for self and others through words, actions, behaviors and choices. In accordance with the Wells College Mission, Community Standards Statement and Honor Code, the Division of Academic and Student Life aspires to cultivate a socially responsible community comprising knowledgeable students of integrity. Staff partner with students to design policies, programs, practices and opportunities to assist students in developing life skills, perspective, civility, competence, compassion, responsibility and vision for citizenship in an intercultural society. In addition, staff members in academic and student life strive to embody a collaborative, cooperative and sustainable team approach that expects personal and interoffice accountability.

The students of Wells College are impressively diverse in their academic interests, their choices of lifestyles, their co-curricular pursuits, and their political and religious concerns. They share, however, a high regard for student independence, responsibility, and self-governance. With the support of the faculty, administration, and board of trustees, the student body, under the leadership of the Collegiate Cabinet and the guidance of the dean of students, is responsible for creating policies and programs that benefit all Wells students.


Community Honor shall be the basis of student government at Wells College. The principle of community honor is based upon the pledge of all members of the student body to be honest and trustworthy in the conduct of their collegiate life as it is defined or encompassed by Collegiate rules. Wells College students are under community obligation and pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, deceive or conceal in the conduct of their collegiate life.

Our mission is for every student to think critically, reason wisely and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. On our beautiful lakeside campus, students gain the knowledge, skills and experience to create their own unique path.

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