Wells College prepares students for successful careers after graduation and provides them with useful skills that they can take anywhere in the world. As a student at Wells, you will receive a well-rounded education that balances classroom theory with an array of hands-on opportunities, including internships and capstone research projects. Wells' incredible focuse on student-centered teaching and learning means that all students establish close relationships with professors in small classes. Faculty members serve as advisors and mentors, helping students schedule classes, secure internships, and prepare for graduate school and future careers.
Wells is located on the shores of Cayuga Lake in the beautiful, scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Free transportation is available to shuttle students to Ithaca and nearby major airports. From Ithaca, students can take advantage of a variety of bus lines and other travel options. Here is the approximate time it takes to reach our campus from the following major cities:
Take the virtual tour and be transported to the middle of our beautiful campus on a bright summer day! Look inside classrooms, professor's offices, residence halls, athletic facilities, and more. Our campus is breathtaking no matter the season.
Graduate and professional schools and employers recognize the value of the liberal arts in preparing students for their future careers. In addition to providing an education in a specific field, Wells prepares students to anticipate the methods and realities of their professional environment and continue to learn and explore throughout their lives.
With small class sizes and attentive professors, Wells students interact personally with their professors who are available to provide individualized instruction and assistance based on the student's needs. Wells also appoints each student a faculty advisor to assist throughout each semester with course and schedule planning; advisors can be changed based on preference or area of study.
Wells students benefit from cross-registration opportunities and program partnerships the College holds with other institutions, such as Cornell University, Ithaca College, the University of Rochester, Clarkson University, and Columbia University. See the Prepare for Advanced Degrees section below for more details.
The Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship
The business and entrepreneurship program at Wells draws on the College's long-standing strengths of interdisciplinary studies and hands-on learning. Integrated with the liberal arts, the Center provides students the opportunity to study the fundamentals. In addition, the Center offers a range of internship partnerships with regional and College-owned businesses, as well as alumni. Under the auspices of the Susan Wray Sullivan '51 and Pike H. Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, the business program includes academic programs in management and economics, as well as the Innovation Lab, a unique undergraduate center for studies in design theory. Each year the Center hosts an Entrepreneurship Week which includes profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurship contests with cash prizes.
The Center for Sustainability and the Environment
One of the only undergraduate programs in the United States that offers a generalist perspective in sustainability, the sustainability program at Wells College challenges students to learn about food, energy, water use, consumer habits, environmental toxins, lifestlye choices, and more that impact the environment, society, and economy. The curriculum focuses on skill-building and establishing professional connections that help further students' professional careers and advanced studies after graduation. The Center for Sustainbility and the Environment helps students identify relevant internships and research projects that enhance their classroom education.
3/2 and 4+1 programs
Students at Wells may also take advantage of our 3/2 and 4+1 Articulation Programs. Within five years, you can earn both a B.A. from Wells and a professional degree from one of these affiliated universities: Cornell University (engineering); University of Rochester (teacher education, nursing); Clarkson University (business administration, engineering); and Columbia University (engineering).
Pre-law and pre-health advising
In addition to the business and engineering programs, with close assistance from faculty advisors, students who choose law or health professions are well-prepared to pursue advanced studies in those areas.
Wells graduates are found in the graduate studies programs of institutions including the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cornell University, New York University, Boston College, Yale University, Gannon University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and many others.
Faculty advisors guide Wells students through their final-year capstone projects, referred to as the "senior thesis." Throughout the project, students work one-on-one with their advisor, receiving personal attention during the planning, research, writing, and production. The thesis represents the culmination of a student's learning and helps prepare the student for the expectations and demands of professional school or career situations. Outstanding students are often selected to present their theses or other significant research projects to the academic world outside of Wells. For instance, Wells regularly sends students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, covering topics in the fields of biological and chemical sciences, environmental science, psychology and others. Students also traveled to the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, presenting their thesis work to conference attendees. Recent Wells students have also earned a Fulbright Program international teaching scholarship and a School for Field Studies Distinguished Student Researcher Award.
Faculty and staff members are available to help with hands-on learning opportunities such as internships, research projects, student-teaching placement or other work outside the classroom. Through these opportunities, Wells students gain practical experience and professional connections while working with laboratory technicians, medical personnel, research teams, government and law offices, and other practitioners in many fields.
In addition to individualized programs, Wells offers a variety of majors and minors, ranging from economics and management, to physics, criminal justice, psychology, chemistry, sport management, history and biology, to the visual and performing arts. In addition, Wells and nearby Cornell University share a close academic and social relationship. Wells students may register for courses offered by any of the seven undergraduate colleges at Cornell. The College also has cross-registration agreements with Ithaca College, which offers strong communications and performing arts courses.
Wells College's natural setting gives students the benefits of being away from distractions and focus on studies. Aside from their coursework, students are encouraged to become involved with campus life, serving in student government, clubs, committees, and other organizations. Popular clubs include the Society of Physics Students, Model United Nations, Wells International Student Association, and the "Campus Greens" environmental club.
Food in the Wells dining hall is prepared by the chefs of the Aurora Inn. Meals are served buffet-style, with additional options including a salad bar, made-to-order sandwich and pasta stations, and many sides to choose from. A vegetarian entrée is available with every meal, and other vegetarian dishes are marked for the convenience of Wells' residents.
Students are housed in five unique dormitories (including the renovated mansion of founder Henry Wells) and three apartment-style buildings in the village. Most students are paired with a roommate; single rooms are also often available.
Health care for students is available at the Community Medical Center located on the Wells campus. It is staffed by two physicians and a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, with day and evening appointments available.
Access to religious services and clubs is available through local communities and Cornell University. Wells will assist with such needs or travel requirements as are related to a student's spiritual life.
Off-campus transportation is available daily to local shops and sights in nearby Ithaca. Wells also schedules van trips to local airports as wells as bus and train stations before and after breaks in the academic year.
Outdoor Recreation and Amenities
Students on the Wells campus can enjoy a fully equipped fitness center, swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, and boathouse stocked with canoes, kayaks, and single-person sailboats.
The cost to attend Wells College as a full-time residential student for one academic year* includes the following expenses:
Tuition and Fees: $40,700
Room and Board: $14,100
*Based on 2017-18 academic year
With their unique backgrounds and perspectives, international students are an invaluable part of the Wells College community and contribute to a global living and learning environment. To support international students in their pursuit of higher education in the United States, Wells College automatically considers every international applicant for a scholarship up to $20,000 per year to contribute towards cost of attending (totaling $80,000 over four years of study at Wells). Award amount will be determined based on the student's academic record.
The following region-specific scholarships are also available to international students:
Canadian Provincial Scholarships are awarded to students from all areas of Canada and are based on solid academic performance, community involvement and demonstrated leadership. The recipient(s) will be awarded up to a $15,000 (US$) scholarship each year for four years of study.
Canada Scholar Advanced Awards are automatically given to students from Canada with a cumulative academic standing of 85 or higher. Qualifying students receive a Canadian Provincial Scholarship and a bonus scholarship of $2,000 (US$).
Latin America Scholar Award winners are selected based on the academic performance, commitment to global awareness and overall leadership qualities of students from or living in Latin American countries. Up to $15,000 (US$) can be awarded for each of the recipient's four years of study.
1-20 and F1 Visa
After Wells has received your non-refundable enrollment deposit* ($300 USD) and the Certification of Finances with supporting documentation, we will review your file for an I-20. You will need the I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa stamp at your local U.S. Consulate before you can be admitted into the United States.
*The enrollment deposit will be refunded if you are unable to obtain a student visa in time to begin the desired term at Wells.