Transfer Students

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? Complete your degree at Wells College! We work hard to make transferring to Wells as seamless as possible. Your personal transfer admissions counselor will provide you with a transcript evaluation so you'll know exactly what requirements you have fulfilled and what you will need to complete your degree.

We know that as a transfer student, you are committed to your education. Whether you're just down the road or coming to us from the other side of the country, we'd love to have you join our community and finish your college journey here at Wells! 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.

How to Apply as a Transfer Student

Step 1: Submit Your Application

Use one of the following methods to apply to Wells College for Spring or Fall 2019:

Wells College reviews transfer student applications on a rolling basis.

Step 2: Provide Required Materials

The following materials should be submitted along with your completed application:

  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • One letter of recommendation from a current or recent college professor. If you have been out of college for five or more years, you may submit a professional recommendation letter.

You may also be asked to provide the following supplemental materials:

  • High School Transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • TOEFL results for International Students (may be required)
  • AP scores (scores of 3, 4, and 5 are accepted)
Step 3: Visit Campus

The best way to know if a college is right for you is to visit campus. Your personalized campus visit will include a campus tour, a conversation with an admissions counselor, and meetings with faculty, staff, or coaches upon request. Schedule your personalized campus visit!


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

Wells College Transfer Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their college coursework. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee are awarded up to $10,000 per year. Phi Theta Kappa students (transfer students who are members of this two-year college honor society) will automatically receive a bonus scholarship of $2,000. Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with admissions application.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are signed legal contracts between colleges and universities to establish a seamless transfer pathway for students between their institutions and/or specific academic programs. If you are a student from one of the affiliated institutions that has an articulation agreement with Wells College, you may benefit from many advantages such as guaranteed admission and exclusive scholarships. Please note that to be considered for financial aid, applicants must submit a completed FAFSA and all Financial Aid Transcripts when applying for admission. For additional information on financial aid for transfer students, please contact the Wells College Financial Aid Office at 315-364-3289.

Cayuga Community College LogoPresidential Scholarship Transfer Agreement with Cayuga Community College: Students enrolled in Cayuga Community College who are Cayuga Presidential Scholars will be guaranteed admission to Wells College and automatically receive the President's Award scholarship. Eligible students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and have completed at least two semesters of full-time study at Cayuga Community College, as well as submitted all appropriate transfer application materials to Wells College. 

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Monroe Honors Scholars Partnership: Students who have enrolled at Monroe Community College for at least two semesters and earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 will be guaranteed admission to Wells College. Additionally, students who complete a minimum of 2 Honors designated courses and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher will receive a $1,000 bonus scholarship from Wells College.

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Tompkins Cortland Pathway to Wells: Tompkins Cortland Community College students with a GPA of 3.0 or better enrolled in a parallel academic program will be guaranteed admission to Wells College through Pathway to Wells. 

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, please contact the Admissions Team through email or call 315-364-3264.

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