This page will be regularly updated with important information regarding the Celebration as the event approaches. Please find instructions and other details to help you arrange your trip below.
Please plan to arrive on the Wells College campus by 9 a.m. for check-in on Friday, March 23. Upon attendance of the event, your travel to campus will be reimbursed according to the IRS-mandated rate for mileage. Distance will be calculated using the address we have on file for you. If you are arriving via bus, please provide a receipt and you will receive a travel reimbursement up to $200.
We suggest all Scholars traveling via plane to arrive on Thursday, March 22, in order to participate in Celebration activities starting on Friday morning. Once you have booked your flights, please send your travel itinerary and payment confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange airport shuttle service and reimbursement. Upon attendance of the event, you will receive up to $200 travel reimbursement.
The closest airports to the Wells College campus are:
Upon arrival, follow signs inside the main concourse to Terminal B. If you are flying Delta or United Airlines, you will already be in Terminal B. The Wells College shuttle will be waiting for you in the pickup zone outside. Look for the large red van with the Wells College logo. If you need assistance, text 315-364-0100 to contact the Enrollment Team. Click or tap on the image below to enlarge.
Upon arrival, exit the front doors of the airport. A clearly designated Wells College vehicle will be waiting for you in the pickup zone outside. If you need assistance, text 315-364-0100 to contact the Enrollment Team.
The New York State Thruway (Interstate Route 90) is 25 miles to the north. Route 17 (the Southern Tier Expressway and the future I-86) is approximately 50 miles to the south. Route I-81 is 30 miles to the east.
From the New York State Thruway and traveling West
Exit at Weedsport (#40); make a right onto Route 34 south to Auburn; make a right onto Routes 5 & 20 west and a left onto Route 326 to the village of Union Springs; turn left on local Route 90 to Aurora.
From the New York State Thruway and traveling East
Exit at Waterloo (#41); turn right at the tollbooth and turn left again onto Route 318. Make a left onto Routes 5 & 20 east; then a right onto local Route 90 through the villages of Cayuga and Union Springs to Aurora.
From Route 17/ Interstate 86 and traveling West
Take I-81 to Homer exit (#12); make a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Route 281 north; a left onto Route 90 (very soon after turning onto Route 281); take local 90 to Aurora (approximately 40 miles).
From Route 17/ Interstate 86 and traveling East
Exit at Route 13 (#54) north to Ithaca; exit off of Route 13 onto Route 34 north to Lansing; make a left onto Route 34B; make another left onto Route 90 in King Ferry; nine miles to Aurora.
9 a.m. Check-in (Stratton Hall)
9:30 a.m. Welcome to Wells
10 - 10:35 a.m. (Students) Trustee Scholars Social / (Parents) Campus LIfe Q&A with Directors of Campus Safety, Athletics, and Residence Life
10:40 - 11:05 a.m. Where Do Wells Students Go After Graduation? Career Services & Internships Information Session
11:15 - 11:50 a.m. Wells Community Social: Meet Current Students, Faculty, and Staff
Noon - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1 - 2 p.m. (Scholars) Classroom Experience / (Parents) Financial Aid, Admissions, and Academics Discussion
2 - 4 p.m. Choose Your Own Wells Adventure! Options include: Living and learning campus tours, athletics facilitiy tour, make your own Wells memento at the Book Arts Center, Study Abroad Q&A, visit the College Store and the campus café
4 - 4:30 p.m. How to Get Involved at Wells Panel Discussion with Current Students
4:30 p.m. Parents depart; Scholars meet with overnight hosts
9 - 11 a.m. Wells Family Breakfast in the Dining Hall (all are welcome to join!); end of Celebration; departure
Below is a suggested list of items you should bring with you to the Celebration:
If you have guests accompanying you for the Celebration, there are a variety of accommodations available off-campus. Below are some options in Aurora, where Wells College is located, as well as neighboring towns such as King Ferry (8 miles away), Auburn (18 miles away), and Ithaca (25 miles away).
Inns of Aurora
Elegant, historic lodgings offering four distinctive properties, each with its own character
Hilton Garden Inn
A modern hotel in downtown Auburn, minutes away from the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum or Waterloo Premium Outlets
Just off Routes 5 and 20 and near Owasco Lake, this Holiday Inn is conveniently located to local businesses and popular attractions in the Finger Lakes area. *Mention that you are visiting Wells College for an event to receive a discount!
Inn at the Finger Lakes
Near historical, cultural and recreational points of interest including Skaneateles Lake, Owasco Lake, Harriet Tubman House and William Seward House
Wicher Garden B&B
An artistically unique and comfortable getaway that offers four-course country breakfast