Resources for Counselors

We know your time is valuable. This page contains quick resources that will be helpful when you introduce Wells College to your students.

"I love that the Wells education gives me the opportunity to branch out and explore all my interests, not just those immediately connected to my major. The small community makes it easy to foster relationships with the professors that will last for years to come."

Tegan Watson '16
Film and Media Studies Major, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Chronicle
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Important Deadlines


Early Decision: December 15
Regular Decision: March 1


Freshmen Applicants: December 1* (recommended)
Early Decision Applicants: November 1 (early estimate)
Fall Transfer Applicants: August 1 (recommended)
Spring Transfer Applicants: December 1 (recommended)

*Filing for FAFSA can now start as early as October 1
*First-year candidates who submit their FAFSA to Wells prior to December 1 will receive an automatic $1000 FAFSA grant in their aid package.

Counselor Campus Visit
  • Get to know Wells in person!  We invite you to join us on campus for a personalized counselor visit.  Wells will gladly host school counselors for a campus visit at any time of the year.  We will be happy to develop an 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 your students and their families, plus they can also sign up for one of our upcoming Open Houses to mingle with current students and faculty.
  • Wells College Campus Map
Scholarships at Wells
  • 21st Century Leadership Award: Presented to high school juniors nominated by their guidance counselors for their spirit, integrity, intellectual and leadership qualities. Qualified candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 85% and 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. The award carries with it a $40,000 Scholarship for Leaders ($10,000 per year) for four years of study at Wells College. DOWNLOAD NOMINATION FORM (.PDF, 616 KB).
     *Most 21st Century Leadership award recipients are also eligible for other merit-based scholarships.  The $10,000 scholarship for this award will be used to grant the maximum scholarship level allowable.

Institutional Scholarships (no nomination needed)

  • Henry Wells Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement throughout their high school experience. Recipients are selected based on stellar academic credentials, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall excellence in the classroom. Henry Wells Scholars are our top students and, as such, are granted a guaranteed first-year internship during Wells’ January intersession, a $3,000 stipend on an internship in your sophomore, junior, or senior year and a$25,000 scholarship each year for four years of study at the College.
  • Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence in high school and a strong record of service to their schools and communities. The Admissions Committee selects recipients at the time of admission based on information supplied in the application file. Presidential Scholars are awarded $22,000 per year for four years of study at the College.
  • Dean’s Awards go to students with strong academic records and active participation in clubs and organizations within their schools and communities.  Recipients are awarded a $20,000 scholarship per year.
  • Wells College Alumni Scholarships are based on evidence of individual initiative, creativity, responsibility, cooperation, and leadership ability, as well as, potential as a future alumni leader.  The Wells College Alumni Association is committed to supporting students that have demonstrated leadership as evidenced by contributions to the enrichment of the individual's school or community through active involvement in co-curricular and/or community activities. The recipient(s) will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship each year for four years of study.
  • 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.
  • FAFSA Grant: For first-year students enrolled for the first time at Wells College, this grant is valued at $1,000 and is offered to students who filed the FAFSA by December 1st.
  • 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 $2000. Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with admissions application.
  • International students with strong academic profiles may be eligible for annual scholarships ranging from $5000 to $15,000.
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: $38,530
  • Room and Board: $13,360
  • Total: $51,890

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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