Arrival On Campus

On the scheduled day of arrival, students and families are asked to report to their assigned residence hall. In order to maintain a safe level of social distancing during move-in, we can only allow one person to assist students with move-in at any given time. Any guests entering a residence hall must be cleared 24 hours in advance of arrival using the same Wells COVID-19 screening app as required for students.

We have scheduled students to arrive in small groups, allowing for social distancing during the move-in process. Students are required to self-quarantine in their residence room until cleared by receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. 


As part of this year’s Orientation program, Wells has planned pre-arrival activities, including a virtual gathering of new first-year and transfer students and their families that was held on Aug. 6. If you were not able to view the Aug. 6 event, click here to see the video on YouTube.

Additional sessions were held for returning students on Aug. 11 and for parents on Aug. 12. Archived video of both presentations is available at our YouTube channel.


After they arrive, new students will participate in a weeklong on-campus orientation program. Students will be split into multiple groups, based upon their arrival date. Daily programs, info sessions and activities will continue through Friday, Aug. 28.

Topics will include the transition to college life; academic advising and other student support services; how to access email, WiFi and other technology; the library and Learning Commons; student employment, internships and career services; health and wellness; athletics and recreation; and campus life. 

The final schedule is now posted online at our Orientation 2020 website, but please note that the schedule of activities is subject to change at any time without advance notice. (Please note that there will not be an orientation program or farewell session for parents this year.)

Housing Assignments

The housing selection process is already underway, and final housing assignments have been released. They can be viewed on the Globe. Please note that students must be registered for classes in order to receive a housing assignment.

Direct any housing questions to Emily Burt, director of residence life and student conduct, at

FAQs: Arrival on Campus


How does orientation work this year?
Students will be assigned to an Orientation group based upon their arrival date. After they arrive, students will participate in a daylong series of workshops, sessions, and other activities. New students will begin the week by meeting their orientation leaders, learning all about life at Wells, and enjoying meals together. As the week progresses, students will participate in additional sessions — some in-person, others virtually — to help accommodate those who may still be required to be in quarantine.

Where do students and families check in?
To keep physical contact to a minimum, students and family members will remain in their vehicles during the entire check-in process. Staff will guide you to the correct entrance off Route 90. Vehicles will loop around campus, stopping at several stations. At each station, you will exchange forms and other paperwork through your car's window. At the end of the check-in process, you will be directed to your residence hall.

What is the activity schedule for Orientation 2020?
A full schedule of activities has been posted on our Orientation 2020 website, and students will also receive a printed copy at check-in.

Is there a program and/or farewell session for parents?
Unfortunately, due to the need to limit the amount of interaction, there will not be a session or farewell event for parents this year.

Can parents drop off/help with move-in?
Students are limited to one guest at a time in the residence hall with them on move-in day. Additional guests are welcome to see their student off but must stay at/in their vehicle. All guests will need to pass the screening test before coming to campus.

So, what if both parents want to help their student move in?
That is fine -- we just ask that both parents complete the COVID-19 screening questionnaire ahead of time, and that only one guest accompany their student inside the residence hall at any one time.

Will there be limits on what can be brought to rooms as a result of above policy?
For new students, your move-in date and time will be assigned by the Office of Residence Life after housing assignments are completed. For returning students, you will be asked to sign up soon to select your move-in date and time. All days and times will have a limit to the number of students that can be moving into a building at one time.  If a student is assigned a time that doesn’t work or can’t get their preferred time, they should contact residence life director Emily Burt at after assignments are made to discuss options.

Although there is no formal limit to the amount of property that students can bring with them, we highly encourage students to only bring essentials with them to campus. Please limit your property as much as possible, in case students need to immediately move out of the residence halls at any given time.

Commuter Students

Do commuter students who do not live in College housing still have to participate in the COVID-19 testing?
Yes. Commuter students will be able to obtain the required test on Aug. 25, 26, 27 or 28 — the same arrival period for all other returning students. Commuter students are asked to notify the Dean of Students of their planned date for testing. 

Transportation and Move-In

What is the earliest date I can return to campus?
For students coming from a restricted state and need to enter mandatory quarantine, the absolute earliest is Aug. 17 (except for resident assistants, who will be provided their own schedule). New and transfer students are asked to return either Aug. 21 or 22. For returning students who are not coming from a restricted area are asked to return no earlier than Aug. 25. 

When is move-in for new first-year and transfer students?
All new first-year and transfer students will be assigned a move-in date and time. New students will be assigned an arrival date and time on either Aug. 21 or Aug. 22, depending on the first letter of their last name: those with last names starting with A through L are given a time slot on Saturday, Aug. 21, and those with last names starting with M through Z are asked to return on Sunday, Aug. 22.

Friday, Aug. 21 (GROUP A)

  • Last Names A through B: 9:30–11:00 a.m.
  • Last Names C through G: 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Last Names H through L: 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22 (GROUP B)

  • Last Names M through O: 9:30–11:00 a.m.
  • Last Names P through R: 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Last Names S through Z: 1:00–2:30 p.m.

If you are a new student who needs to switch to a different time slot than what is listed above, please fill out this request form. Please note: if you are coming from one of the areas on New York State's list of restricted states, please fill out this form to request an earlier move-in to allow for a 14-day quarantine. If you need to change your time slot, or have any other questions, please contact residence life director Emily Burt ( 

When and how do returning sophomores, juniors and seniors sign up for a move-in date?
Returning students living in Glen Park, Main Building or Weld or will be able to select a move-in time on Aug. 25, 26, 27 or 28. By now, all students should have received more information and a sign-up form via email. Please note: if you are coming from one of the areas on New York State's list of restricted states, please fill out this form to request an earlier move-in to allow for a 14-day quarantine. If you need to change your time slot, or have any other questions, please contact residence life director Emily Burt ( 

Is there a limit on the number of possessions I can bring to campus? What should I bring to campus and leave home?
While there is not a specific maximum number of items students may bring to their residence hall room, we encourage students to minimize the number of belongings they bring with them to the greatest extent possible.

How can students ship items to campus?
Students who wish to ship items directly to Wells are permitted to do so; however, please note Wells College is not responsible for any potential theft or damage to belongings that are shipped. Please remember to include the student’s full name and mailbox number on each package. The College’s address is 170 Main Street, Aurora, NY 13026. For more information, please contact the mailroom at 315.364.3371.

This page was last updated Aug. 18, 2020.

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