Transfer Admissions

Wells is a transfer-friendly campus! Transfer students may enroll at Wells in the fall or spring semester after completing at least one semester at another institution.
Thinking about what's next? Consider completing your degree at Wells College. Whether you're right in the neighborhood, or coming to us from around the world, we'd love to have you! We make transferring to Wells as seamless as possible. We'll evaluate your credits during the application process so you'll know exactly what requirements you have fulfilled and which you will need to complete. Transfer applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and transfers also benefit from advising, orientation and career-guidance programs.

Students transfer to Wells from junior and community colleges, as well as from four-year institutions. They vary in age, background and life experience, but share one very important characteristic: their commitment to education. Wells College defines a transfer student as one who has accrued the equivalent of one semester (12 semester hours) or more of college credit following secondary school graduation. Although a student may transfer any number of semester hours, one must complete 60 semester hours at Wells to fulfill the College's residency requirement.

Students wishing to transfer to Wells should be in good academic standing at the last college attended. Additionally, Wells will only transfer course credits towards the Wells degree from institutions that are fully regionally accredited.

Application Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Transfer students must submit a completed application to the Wells College Admissions Office with a $40 application fee.

In addition, the applicant must submit:

  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Course descriptions or catalogues from all colleges attended.
  • At least two letters of recommendation, one from a college professor. If you have been out of college for five or more years, you may submit two professional recommendations.

The applicant may also be asked to submit:

  • SAT I or ACT scores
  • TOEFL results for International Students (may be required)
  • A personal interview

Transfer Student Application Forms


Wells makes transferring easy by providing students with credit evaluations prior to enrolling. You will know exactly what requirements you have fulfilled and which you will need to complete in order to receive your degree, before you ever step into the classroom. Students also benefit from advisement and orientation programs. Wells is dedicated to each transfer student's specific educational goals.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships ranging in amounts from $5,000 to $15,000 per year are available for transfer students. Students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa will receive a $15,000 scholarship. For more information, contact the Wells College Admission Office at 1-800-952-9355 or send an email to

To be considered for financial aid, submit the FAFSA form and all of your Financial Aid Transcripts when you apply for admission. For additional information on financial aid for transfer students, please contact our Admissions Office at 315-364-3264.

Affiliated Colleges

Students who hold the A.A. or A.S. degree in liberal arts from colleges with whom Wells has an articulation agreement will receive automatic junior standing. These colleges include

  • Adirondack Community College
  • Broome Community College
  • Cayuga Community College
  • Corning Community College
  • Cottey College
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • Genesee Community College
  • Jamestown Community College
  • Jefferson Community College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Onondaga Community College
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College

To receive more information about transferring to Wells, contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-952-9355 or send an email to

Additional Requirements

See the Wells College Catalog for additional requirements specific to majors and minors. Additionally, Wells requires:

  • a total of 120 semester hours of credit
  • at least 60 semester hours from Wells (may include 20 semester hours from Wells-affiliated programs)
  • senior year in residence at Wells
  • no more than 45 semester hours in one discipline
  • limits of 8 semester hours in P.E. and arts/performance courses worth fewer than 3 semester hours, except as taken for a major; limit of 12 semester hours of internships and 12 of independent studies; limit of 8 semester hours of tutorials
  • meeting the requirements of a major, including at least 18 semester hours at the 300/400 level.
  • passing the comprehensive evaluation as a senior
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher AND major GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • at least 6 courses (18 semester hours) in a major taken at Wells; if a minor is elected (a minor is not required), at least 4 courses (12 semester hours) in the minor taken at Wells

Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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