First-year Students

Applying to Wells
Wells College admits students on the basis of the strength of their academic preparation. A student is expected to possess the intellectual curiosity, motivation, and maturity to profit from the experience Wells offers. The college seeks students from varied backgrounds. Diverse interests and talents provide a stimulating intellectual environment.


In addition to your completed application form, the must also submit:

  • Official high school transcripts and school report.
  • One teacher recommendations from 11th and/or 12th grade teachers in academic subject areas
  • A $40 application fee  (The application fee is waived for candidates who visit campus
  • Test Optional: Wells College is committed to reviewing applications holistically and considering many facets of a student's potential. To honor that commitment, admission to Wells is now test optional. As of Fall 2016, we longer require SAT or ACT scores in the application evaluation process. (International students must submit TOEFL scores.  See international student how to apply page for details)

The following items are highly recommended:

  • A personal connection interview while visiting campus
  • Your personal Zeemee Profile
  • Any additional information that you would like to supply to the admissions committee (email, video, projects, resume, etc.)

Students applying for first year admission should present a secondary school program with a minimum of four academic subjects each year, including:

  • four years of English
  • three or more years of mathematics
  • three or more years of social science
  • two or more years of laboratory science
  • one or more years of a foreign language

Application Deadline Options

To be considered for admission to Wells, you must submit your completed application to the Wells College Admissions Office by one of the deadline options noted below.

Early Decision
December 15. Students whose first choice is Wells are encouraged to apply under the early decision option. This is a binding admissions option. If admitted, early decision applicants agree to accept Wells' offer of admission and agree to withdraw their applications to all other colleges. Students receive early decision notification by January 15.

Early Action
December 15. Students who would like to receive an early review of their application files are encouraged to apply under the early action option. This is a non-binding admissions option. Students receive notification of admissions decisions by February 1.

Regular Admissions
March 1. All other applications to the college should be received by the regular admissions deadline. Applications are reviewed after this date and decisions are mailed by April 1.

Once you've applied...

You will receive a User ID and password for The Globe by email. You can use The Globe to check on the status of your application throughout the admissions process.

If you don't receive your User ID and password within one week of submitting your application, be sure to check you spam and bulk emails. If you still can't find the email, please contact admissions at 1-800-952-9355 or and we will gladly provide you with this information.

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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