Express 2 Success

August 10 - 19, 2018

Program Overview

Express 2 Success is an action-packed pre-orientation program that prepares new students for success. This program is offered by invitation only and is free for all participants. You will be able to move onto campus early and participate in academic success workshops as well as field trips to local attractions. Be among the first to meet other new students and the Wells family!

Students can check-in for the program from 1 - 4 p.m. on Friday, August 10 in the lobby of either Leach Hall or Dodge House, depending on the student's assigned housing. Express 2 Success will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner and the first session in Zabriskie Hall. The program runs daily from August 10-19 from 9 a.m. Attendance at all sessions is required to receive the full benefit of the program.

Program Contacts

Randy DeVett-McKeon, Assistant Director of Student Success
Call: 315-364-3432



Student Success Workshops (subject to change)

Express 2 Success workshops are designed to help you acclimate to the rigorous academic atmosphere in college. Workshop topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Maintaining academic performance in college
  • Efficiently studying and taking notes using college textbooks and materials
  • Maximizing time management while juggling classes and extracurricular activities
  • Taking care of physical and emotional health in college
  • And many more!

Fields Trips to Local Attractions (subject to change)

To become familiar with the local communities, students will also go on excursions to nearby cities and cultural attractions such as, but not limited to:

  • Gorges, waterfalls, and the Commons cultural shopping center in Ithaca
  • Rope's course and other outdoor adventures
  • Picnic by the lake and the College Boathouse
  • Hiking in Watkins Glen State Park

Important Required Forms

Since Express 2 Success participants will be arriving on campus two weeks earlier than other first-year students, It is important that you submit all required documentation You will not be allowed to move into your residence hall and participant in the Exress 2 Success program without these forms.The following forms can be accessed from your Status Page:

  1. Housing Preference Form
  2. Emergency Contact Form
  3. Housing Roommate Questionnaire
  4. FERPA Release Form
  5. The Health Report

If you have any questions about the forms, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 315-364-3311.

Packing List

Express 2 Success participants will move into their assigned residence halls upon arrival on campus, so there is no further moving necessary once the program ends and the school year begins. What should you bring when you move in? What should you NOT bring with you to campus? See the full packing list and other important information from the Office of Residence Life.

If you have any questions about moving into your assigned residence hall, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 315-364-3426.


Aurora, New York, the home of Wells College, is located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of central New York State, close to several metropolitan centers and year-round recreational activities. View map and directions.

Students are responsible for traveling to campus and moving in. Please arrive by 5 p.m. for the start of the program. All Express 2 Success participants will be able to move into their assignemd campus housing for the school year. 


First-years are allowed to bring vehicles on campus. Students must bring vehicle registration to the Office of Campus Safety in order to receive a parking permit before parking on campus. For questions and further guidance, please contact the Office of Campus Safety at 315-364-3229.

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