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.

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. Whether you're right in the neighborhood from coming to us from around the globe, we'd love to have you! 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 an application to Wells College

Use one of the following methods to apply to Wells College:

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)


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 $15,000 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.

Cayuga Community College LogoPresidential Scholarship Transfer Agreement with Cayuga Community College: Starting in 2017, 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. 

To be considered for financial aid, submit a completed FAFSA and all of your Financial Aid Transcripts when you apply for admission. For additional information on financial aid for transfer students, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 315-364-3289.

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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