Sullivan Center for Business
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.
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); 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, Le Moyne College, 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. This spring, 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 outside-the-classroom work. Through these opportunities, Wells students gain practical experience and connections while working with laboratory technicians, medical personnel, research teams, government and law offices, and other professionals 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 business courses.
Setting conducive to community involvement
The rural environment gives students the benefits of being away from distractions and provides a chance to 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.
Excellent campus food
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 Ithaca, NY. Wells also schedules van trips to local airports as wells as bus and train stations before and after breaks in the academic year. Travel to and from India is the student's responsibility.
Outdoor recreation and amenities
The Wells campus features its own nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, and boathouse stocked with canoes, kayaks, and single-person sailboats.
For the 2015-2016 academic year: the price of tuition is $36,000; room and board is $13,000; and required fees are $1,500. Thus the total cost of a Wells education for the current year is $50,500. Travel costs to and from the College are an additional expense, as are books and personal expenses.
Quick response time
Wells offers rolling admissions, which means that you can pick up, complete, and submit your application anytime. We'll be ready to respond! Within two weeks of receiving your completed file, Wells will let you know of our decision on your application.
1-20 and F1 Visa
After Wells has received your non-refundable enrollment deposit* ($2,500 USD) and originals of the certification of finances with supporting documentation, we will review your file for submitting an I-20 application. You will need the I-20 to apply for an "F-1" visa stamp at a US Consulate.
* The enrollment deposit will be refunded if a student is unable to obtain a student visa in time to begin the desired term at Wells.