Resources for Counselors

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Wells College Student Profile

There are approximately 500 full-time students enrolled at Wells College (76% in-state, 21% out-of-state, 2% international). The male-to-female ratio is roughly 4:6. For Fall 2017, the majority of the student body is comprised of 13.3% Black (non-Hispanic), 13.6% Hispanic, and 60% White (non-Hispanic). See below for more racial/ethnic demographic details as well as graphic representations of these statistics. Click or tap on the images to enlarge.

Important Deadlines


Early Action: 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.

Early Decision: 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 can now start as early as October 1
**First-year candidates who submit their FAFSA to Wells College prior to December 1 will receive an automatic $1,000 FAFSA grant in their financial aid package

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.

21st Century Leadership Award


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 $40,000 scholarship throughout four years of study at Wells College ($10,000 per year). 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, 88KB) or in BLACK AND WHITE (.PDF, 69KB). 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 Judy Bailey
  • 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

 Scholarships at Wells

Merit-Based Institutional Scholarships (no nomination needed)

  • Henry Wells Scholarship: $28,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College, not including an additional $3,000 internship stipend and a guaranteed internship during the January intersession of the Scholar's first year (for a total of $115,000 over four years of study). 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: $25,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College (for a total of $100,000). 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 Award: $22,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College (for a total of $88,000). 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: $18,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College (for a total of $72,000). Students who receive the Dean's Award demonstrate strong academic records and are promising leaders in their communities outside the classroom.
  • Alumni Scholarship: $10,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College (for a total of $40,000). The Alumni Scholarship supports students dedicated to achieveing academic excellence and is awarded based on evidence of individual initiative and creativity, as well as potential to be a future alumni leader. 
  • Janet Taylor Reiche ’52 Legacy Scholarship: Awarded to the children and grandchildren of Wells College alumnae/i. These scholarships are valued at $2,500 per year for four years of study and are named in honor of Wells College alumna Janet Taylor Reiche ’52, who served as the first female chair of the Wells College Board of Trustees.
  • Wells College Transfer Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their college coursework. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee and awarded $15,000 per year. Phi Theta Kappa students (transfer students who are members of this two-year college honor society) will automatically receive a bonus scholarship of $2,000. Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with admissions application.
  • International students with strong academic profiles may be eligible for annual scholarships up to $25,000.
  • Empowering New York Leaders Award: This award is granted to students who submit a completed application for admission by January 1, 2018, and are also residents of one of the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx). Eligible students will receive up to $1,500.
  • FAFSA Grant: Awarded to first-year students who submit a completed FAFSA to Wells College by December 1, this grant is valued at $1,000.
Costs and Financial Aid

Wells College Tuition and Other Costs:

The cost to attend Wells College as a full-time residential student for the 2016-2017 academic year:

  • Tuition and Fees: $40,700
  • Room and Board: $14,100
  • Total: $54,800

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

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