Transfer Student Information

As one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation, we celebrate our students with one-on-one faculty support and personalized financial aid. U.S. News & World Report recently recognized us for our campus diversity and social mobility, so prepare to be challenged to embrace new perspectives and aspire to a bright future!

Next Stop: Wells College

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.

Apply as a Transfer Student

Step 1: Submit Your Application

Apply Using the Wells Application

Apply Using the Common Application

Transfer student applications are reviewed 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

Minerva Scholarship

Transfer students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better will be considered for a Minerva Scholarship up to $10,000.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will receive a $2,000 scholarship in addition to the Minerva Scholarship. Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with admissions application.

President's Scholarship

Exclusive schoalrship for President's Scholars transferring from Cayuga Community College.

Transfer Honors Scholarships

Students who transfer from one of Wells College's partner community colleges (listed below) and who have taken two or more honors-level courses are eligible to receive this award in addition to the Minerva Scholarship. 

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 with the Transfer Student Scholarship. 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 with a Transfer Student Scholarship. 

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Finger Lakes Community College Honors Studies Scholars: Students who have completed no less than 2 semesters at Finger Lakes Community College and earned a GPA of 3.0 or better will be guaranteed admission to Wells College with the Transfer Student Scholarship. Students who complete a minimum of 2 Honors designated courses at FLCC with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher will receive an additional scholarship of $1,000. Alternatively, students who complete a minimum of 15 points of Honors Studies experience, graduate with an Honors Studies Scholar designation from FLCC and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher will receive an additional $2,000 scholarship. (Please note that students who receive the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship from Wells College are not eliglbe for the Honors Scholars Bonus.)

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

Contact Us

Melinda Slawson
Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, Wells College Admissions
Email / Phone: 315-364-3419

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