Resources for Counselors

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Fall 2019 tuition has been reduced by 25%

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Student Demographics

Based on Fall 2018 data

Wells College Student Body by Residential Count

Wells College Student Body by Race and Ethnicity

Wells College Student Body by Female to Male Ratio

Full-Time Enrollment: Approximately 500 students

Felame-to-male ratio: Approximately 6:4

Students of Color: 35.8%

Residency: ~23% out-of-state, ~76% in-state, ~2% international

Academic Profile

For the class of 2022:

  • Average GPA: 3.44 (89.4)
  • Average SAT score: 1116
  • Average ACT score: 24

Academic profile:

  • 40% of new incoming first-years ranked top 25% of their high school class
    • Of the 40%, 21% of new incoming first-years ranked top 10% of their high school class


  • 46% of new incoming first-years were awarded with top-level scholarships (3.5 GPA or higher)
    • 26% enrolled as Henry Wells Scholars
    • 20% enrolled as Trustees Scholars
    • 12% were nominated for the 21st Century Leadership Award

43% of all student athletes enrolled at Wells College are NEAC Scholar Athletes (3.4 GPA or higher)

Important Deadlines


The Early Action deadline is December 15. Students who wish to receive their decisions early should submit their applications through the Early Action program. This is a non-binding admissions options.

The Early Decision deadline is December 15. Students who regard Wells as their top choice are encouraged to apply under the Eary Decision program. This is a binding admissions option. If admitted, early decision applicants agree to accept Wells' offer of admission and withdraw their applications to all other institutions by January 15. Early decision students must submit their  $300 non-refundable enrollment deposits by February 15.

Regular Applications: March 1. Applications must be received by this deadline for full funding and campus housing considerations.


First-Year Applicants: December 1** (recommended)
Early Decision Applicants: December 1
Fall Transfer Applicants: No later than July 1
Spring Transfer Applicants: No later than December 1

*Filing for FAFSA begins October 1
**First-year candidates who submit their FAFSA to Wells College and are admitted prior to December 1 will receive a bonus FAFSA grant in their financial aid package

 Scholarships at Wells

Henry Wells Scholarship
Includes a $3,000 experiential learning stipend that can be used towards an internship or study abroad program, as well as a guaranteed internship during the January intersession of the Scholar's first year. Henry Wells Scholars demonstrate outstanding academic achievement throughout high school. Recipients of this award are selected based on stellar academic credentials, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall excellence in the classroom.

Trustee Scholarship
Trustee Scholars maintain academic excellence in high school and demonstrate leadership skills through active contributions to the enrichment of the individual's school or community through active involvement in co-curricular and/or community activities.

President's Scholarship
Students who receive the President's Award demonstrate strong academic records and co-curricular achievement, and are actively engaged in communities outside of the classroom.

Dean's Award
Students who receive the Dean's Award demonstrate strong academic records and are promising leaders in their communities outside the classroom.

Alumni Opportunity Award
The Alumni Opportunity Award recognizes students with outstanding potential to thrive and contribute as part of the Wells community. 

Janet Taylor Reiche '52 Legacy Award
Awarded to students who have immediate family member(s) who are graduates of Wells College.

21st Century Leadership Award
This scholarship is awarded to high school juniors for their dynamic spirit and integrity, as well as intellectual and leadership qualities. Students must be nominated by their guidance counselors, and a maximum of two qualifying students can be nominated from each school. Qualified candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 85% and demonstrate leadership ability and/or potential through school and community activities. 21st Century Leaders can finish high school with the comfort of knowing there is guaranteed financial support for their college career at Wells. By continuing to improve their performance in academic and extracurricular activities during their final year of high school, students can increase their chances to qualify for other Wells College merit-based scholarships upon submission of a completed application for admission. To download the nomination form, please visit the resources page for counselors.

Empowering New York Leaders Award
$300 - $1,500
This award is granted to eligible students who submit a completed application for admission by January 1, 2019, and are also residents of one of the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx).

Wells College Transfer Scholarship
$5,000 - $10,000
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify for the Transfer Scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa students (transfer students who are members of this two-year college honor society) will automatically receive a bonus $2,000 scholarship.  Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with admissions application.

International Students
$5,000 - $15,000
With their unique backgrounds and perspectives, international students contribute to the global living and learning environment at Wells College. Wells College automatically considers every international applicant for a scholarship to contribute towards their pursuit of a Wells education. Award amount will be determined based on the student's academic record. International students in search of further financial assistance may benefit from researching scholarships from external sources.

Costs and Financial Aid

Wells College has lowered the tuition for Fall 2019 by 25%.

Wells College Tuition and Other Costs:

The cost to attend Wells College as a full-time residential student for the 2019-2020 academic year is as follows:

2019-20 Academic Year
Tuition: $29,400
Fees: $1,500
Room and Board: $14,100
Total: $45,000

Wells College Codes:

      • Federal FAFSA Code: #002901
      • New York State TAP Code: #1050

FAFSA Resources

Financial Aid Office Contact Information

Wells College Financial Aid Office
170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026
Phone: 315.364.3289
Fax: 315.364.3445

21st Century Leadership Award

Now accepting nominations for juniors during the 2018-19 school year.

Do you know a junior who stands out from the crowd? A student who is spirited, bright, and forward-thinking? Wells College invites all high school counselors to nominate two (2) outstanding students from their school for the 21st Century Leadership Award. This award celebrates high school juniors for their exemplary spirit, steadfast integrity, dedication to academics, and leadership qualities. This award is a $10,000 pre-scholarship per year of study at Wells College. A maximum of two (2) qualifying students can be nominated by counselors from their school. Qualified candidates must have:

  • a cumulative grade point average of 85% or higher;
  • demonstrated leadership ability and/or potential through school and community activities

Please note that as an NCAA Division III college, athletic participation is not considered when selecting candidates for this award.

Download the nomination form in COLOR (.PDF, 81KB) or in BLACK AND WHITE (.PDF, 68KB). PDF forms are fillable. Please submit the completed form with the nominee's official high school transcript using one of the following methods:

  • Email as attachments to Charles Harcourt
  • Fax to 315.364.3227
  • Mail to the Wells College Admissions Office, 170 Main Street, Aurora, NY 13026

*Most 21st Century Leadership Award recipients are also eligible for other merit-based scholarships. The $10,000 for this award will be used to grant the maximum scholarship amount allowed by the institution

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office at 315.364.3264

Counselor Campus Visit

Get to know Wells in person!  We invite you to join us on campus for a personalized counselor visit.  We are glad to host school counselors at any time of the year, and will be happy to develop a unique itinerary for your trip and make arrangements for your stay here in Aurora, the gem of New York's Finger Lakes region.  Contact us to schedule your visit!

Of course, we also offer daily visits for students and their families. Dates and more details can be found on the Visit Wells page.

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