International Students

Admissions Requirements

In order to review your application, the Wells Admissions Office must have the following items:

  • Completed application and personal essay (see Apply section below)
  • Office transcripts/mark sheets/records of academic achievement in secondary school
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from your school counselor, headmaster or principal
  • One (1) letter of recomendation from a teacher (optional)
  • Demonstration of English Proficiency. If English is not your native language, you must submit official results of one of the following exams:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Wells College requires a score of 525 or higher (paper-based) or 75 or higher (Internet-based)
    • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Wells College requires a minimum score of 6.0
    • PTE Academic: Wells College requires a minimum score of 50
    • SAT scores can be submitted in lieu of English proficiency scores only if your combined score is at least 810 on the old SAT Critical Reading and Writing sections or 620 on the new SAT exam
    • Applicants whose native language/primary language of instruction is English: If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or some Canadian provinces, you are not required to submit demonstration of English proficiency. Email the Admissions Office to check if you are exempt.
    • International high school students in the United States: If you are currently an international student enrolled in a high school in the United States, you may submit SAT scores in lieu of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores if they meet the minimum required scores stated above.

OPTIONAL: AP scores (scores of 3, 4, and 5 are accepted)

All documents must be translated into English.

Test scores must be submitted to Wells by the official testing agency. You also have the option of sending your score report with your application. Please be sure to designate Wells as the recipient of your test scores. The Wells College codes are as follows:

    • TOEFL: 002971
    • SAT: 002971
    • ACT: 002988
Admissions process

Quick response time
Wells offers rolling admissions, which means that you can pick up, complete, and submit your application anytime. We'll be ready to respond! Within two weeks of receiving your completed file, Wells will let you know of our decision on your application.

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Other Costs
The cost to attend Wells College as a full-time residential student for the 2016-17 academic year includes the following expenses:

Tuition and Fees: $38,530
Room and Board: $13,360
Total: $51,890

Wells College Scholarships are awarded to international students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their coursework. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee and awards range from $10,000 to $15,000 per year.

Once Accepted

Once accepted to Wells College, international students must submit the following:

  • A non-refundable $300 enrollment deposit (this deposit will be refunded if you are unable to obtain a visa in time to begin the desired term)
  • Certification of Finances Form indicating an ability to pay the costs as outlined in the acceptance letter
  • Supporting documentation for the Certification of Finance, such as bank statements, etc
  • A photocopy of the ID section of your passport

I-20 and F-1 Visa
After Wells has received your non-refundable* enrollment deposit ($300 USD) and the Certification of Finances with supporting documentation, we will review your file to issue an I-20. You will need the I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate.

*The deposit will be refunded to students who are unable to obtain a visa in time to begin the desired term.

Connect with Current Wells Students!

If you would like to know more about Wells College and what it means to be a Wells student, please write to our student ambassadors! They are all international students who can share their experiences and perspectives on coming to Wells and life on campus! Email:

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Aurora, NY 13026

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