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Basic Information

Phone Number: 1-800-952-9355
Fax Number: 1-315-364-3227
Address: 170 Main Street Aurora, NY 13026

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Additional Information

President: Lisa Marsh Ryerson
School Type: Four Year College
Public/Private: Private
Historical Black College/University: No
School Setting:

Wells College is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Cayuga in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

School Size: Small
Classroom Size: 13
Student/Teacher Ratio: 9/1
Housing Availability:

All four years

Type of Housing: Residence Halls

Tuition $33,200 Room and Board $11,900 Fees $1,500 Total $46,600

Financial Aid:

To receive need-based financial aid from Wells College, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available here: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Wells recommends families submit their completed FAFSA by February 15. Students eligible to receive need-based financial aid may receive grants, scholarships, student loans, and campus work study. For more information about financial aid, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 315.364.3289. Scholarships Wells College offers merit-based scholarships to incoming first-year and transfer students who demonstrate academic excellence in their school experiences. Scholarship decisions are made at the time of admissions using information provided to the college in the admissions application. Financial need is not a consideration when awarding merit scholarships. SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS Henry Wells Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement throughout their high school experience. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee and generally have a 94% cumulative grade point average in academic subject areas. A Henry Wells Scholarship includes a guaranteed first-year internship during Wells’ January Intersession, a $3,000 stipend to spend on an internship in your sophomore, junior, or senior year, and a $15,000 to $25,000 scholarship each year. Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence in high school with a cumulative grade point average of 90% or higher and a strong record of service to their schools and communities. The Admissions Committee selects recipients at the time of admissions based on information supplied in the application file. Recipients are awarded between $10,000 and $20,000 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. Awards range from $10,000 to $15,000 per year and recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee. Thriving on Change Scholarships are awarded to admitted students who submit a 500 to 1000 word essay that describes a life-changing event or a contribution they have made to create change within their communities. Wells College faculty review the essay submissions and select five to ten recipients for $10,000 scholarships (valued at $2,500 per year). The deadline to submit essays is February 1, 2013. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are awarded to transfer students who are members of this two-year college honor society. The scholarship, valued at $15,000 per year, is awarded at the time of admissions and requires proof of PTK membership. 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 awards range from $10,000 to $15,000 per year.

Disability Services:

The Learning Commons facilitates learning and scholarship by connecting members of the College community to the resources and services they need in a centralized and integrated service environment.

Current Services
Academic Advising
Disability Services and Accommodations
Faculty Development
Information Literacy (Reference instruction)
Learning Support Services
Peer Tutors
Writing Center


Student Activities and Leadership Philosophy
Leadership: Assist students in developing leadership skills.
Collaboration: Teach students to recognize community interdependence.
Global Exposure: Utilize programming to cultivate positive relationships.

At Wells, even as a first-year student, you can obtain a position in student government, serve as an editor on a student publication, have a top role in a theatre/dance event or play on an athletic team. The following is a list of student organizations at Wells:

Clubs made to reflect the scholarly aspect of the college.

Green House
Pre-Health Club
Psychology Club
Society of Physics Students
Community Service & Activism
Clubs designed for the campus awareness of social, local, and international issues.

Access for All Abilities
Campus Greens
Collegiate Cabinet
Collegiate 4-H Club
Community Service and Activism Board (CSAB)
Model United Nations (MUN)
Praising Our Work Ethnicity and Race (POWER)
Red Cross Club
Sexuality and Gender Activists (SAGA)
Symposium Club
United Nations Association
Literary Publication
Student-run clubs for the purpose of expressing literary talent.

Cardinal (yearbook)
Chronicle (literary publication)
Onyx (newspaper)
Sycamore (magazine)
Clubs established for the purpose of providing entertainment for the entire community.

Bell Ringers
Chamber Singers
Concert Choir
Dance Collective
Gospel Choir
Henry’s VIIIs
Prodigy Dance Club
Religious Affiliations
Clubs made to share and educate others about a particular religion while providing a safe space and unity.

Faith Share
Muslim Student Association
Clubs designed to include different cultures and backgrounds together to enjoy common interests.

Chinese Language and Culture Club
Japanese Cultural Club
Outdoor/Climbing Club
Programming Board
Spanish Club
Sugar High (baking club)
Tea Time Club
Wells International Student Association (WISA)
Wellness & Engagement
Clubs that address issues and concerns presented on campus.

Dream Catalyst
Sex Collective
Wells College Republicans
Women’s Resource Center

Sports: More than 140 men and women participate on one or more of Wells College's 16 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Wells joined the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in 2007 and is currently one of 13 full-time members. The NEAC offers an NCAA automatic bid for conference champions in soccer, tennis, basketball, softball, lacrosse, volleyball and golf. Field hockey and swimming compete independently with schools from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biology Chemistry Computer Science Economics and Management Concentrations in Economics Management English Concentrations in Literature Creative Writing Environmental Studies Concentrations in Environmental Sciences Environmental Policies and Values Film and Media Studies History International Studies Mathematics Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Sociology and Anthropology Concentrations in Sociology Anthropology Spanish Theatre and Dance Visual Arts Concentrations in Art History Studio Art Book Arts Women's and Gender Studies Special Programs of Study Book Arts Center for Business and Entrepreneurship Childhood and Adolescence Education Pre-professional Programs Including Pre-law and Health Professions
Application/Transfer Deadlines: Application Deadline Options To be considered for admission to Wells, you must submit your completed application to the Wells College Admissions Office by one of the deadline options noted below. Early Decision December 15. Students whose first choice is Wells are encouraged to apply under the early decision option. This is a binding admissions option. If admitted, early decision applicants agree to accept Wells' offer of admission and agree to withdraw their applications to all other colleges. Students receive early decision notification by January 15. Early Action December 15. Students who would like to receive an early review of their application files are encouraged to apply under the early action option. This is a non-binding admissions option. Students receive notification of admissions decisions by February 1. Regular Admissions March 1. All other applications to the college should be received by the regular admissions deadline. Applications are reviewed after this date and decisions are mailed by April 1.
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International Students:


Study Abroad: Wells College Programs Arts in Paris Program location: Paris, France Program description: Students interested in the arts are encouraged to study in Paris where art history, studio art, and performing arts courses are offered in French and in English. Most students enroll in an intensive French language course and four arts courses; students with advanced French are encouraged to take courses at the University of Paris X-Nanterre. Course offerings in art history include introduction to the Louvre, history of impressionism and post-impressionism, history of modernism, history of photography, history of French fashion, and medieval art and architecture; studio art courses include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, fashion design illustration, bookbinding, printmaking, and trompe l’oeil. The program also offers a wide array of courses in dance. GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: At least sophomore standing, and a strong interest in the arts. At least one art history or studio art course and two semesters of French are recommended. Semester: fall or spring Web site: http://www.wellsabroad.com/cities/paris Contact Amy Torea, paris@wells.edu Belize - Galen University Program location: San Ignacio, Belize Program description: Galen University has particular strengths in archeology, anthropology, and sustainable development, but offers a wide-range of courses. Students may participate either in the Spring or Fall semester. When possible, Professor McClusky conducts a week-long orientation to introduce students to Belizean cultures and society before the program begins. GPA: 2.8 (3.0 GPA for Sophomores Fall Study Abroad Program) Semester: fall or spring Web site: http://www.galen.edu.bz Contact Professor Laura McClusky, lmcclusky@wells.edu Exchange Program in Dakar Program location: Dakar, Senegal Program description: In affiliation with the University Cheik Anta Diop, this program focuses on West African cultures from a socio-economic point of view as well as the arts and Francophone literature. This program is open preferably to juniors in good academic standing who can communicate effectively in French and are interested in international studies, literatures, women’s studies, or social sciences. GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: Fall semester: completion of FREN 102 or equivalent. Spring semester: completion of FREN 124 or equivalent. Semester: spring only Web site: http://www.wellsabroad.com/cities/dakar Contact Dr. André Siamundele, dakar@wells.edu Sevilla Program Program location: Sevilla, Spain Advanced Spanish in Sevilla Program description: This program is designed to give Wells students the opportunity to study at the University of Sevilla for one semester. At the beginning of each semester, Professor Gil conducts an orientation to introduce students to the culture and society of Andalucía; this includes visits to Granada and Cordoba, and guided visits to Sevilla’s historical sites. Courses are available in language, culture, history, art, political sciences, anthropology, film, geography, and literature. GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: One course in Spanish beyond the intermediate level at Wells (5 semesters or equivalent) Semester: fall or spring Contact Professor Miguel Gil, mgil@wells.edu Sophomores Fall Study Abroad Program Program description: This program has been designed to give first semester sophomores who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or better in their first year of studies at Wells the opportunity to study abroad. The courses are given in English by faculty of the University of Sevilla and cover the fields of language (Spanish), political science, anthropology, art history, film, history, geography and literature. Professor Gil travels with the participants and conducts a week long orientation prior to the beginning of classes, to introduce students to the culture and society of Andalucia. The session at the University of Sevilla runs from the end of September to the middle of December. One 100-level course in Spanish is recommended before departure. GPA: 3.0 Semester: fall only Contact Professor Miguel Gil, mgil@wells.edu Wells in Florence Program location: Florence, Italy Program description: Students enroll at the Italian International Institute Lorenzo de’ Medici, where instruction is in English. Courses are available in history, politics, economics, business, archaeology, studio art, art history, Italian language at all levels, and many other areas. GPA: 2.8 Semester: fall or spring Web site: http://www.wellsabroad.com/cities/florence Contact Amy Torea, florence@wells.edu Affiliated Programs Advanced Studies in England Program location: Bath, England Program description: The Advanced Studies in England program in Bath offers courses in the humanities, arts, and education, with periods of study in Stratford and at University College, Oxford. The program offers an integrated curriculum, course-related study trips, and a certificate of cultural enrichment. Specialized tutorials and internships are also available. GPA: 3.0 Semester: fall or spring Web site: http://www.studyabroadbath.org Contact Professor Siouxsie Easter, seaster@wells.edu CIEE - Chile Program location: Valparaiso, Chile Program description: This program is designed for students from all academic disciplines who have at least three years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. It is designed for relatively independent students who seek to matriculate in regular university courses at the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and who have a keen interest in contemporary Chilean coastal city life and society. This program is most appropriate for students who want to take courses in literature, history, environmental studies, oceanography, and psychology, although coursework in other disciplines is also offered. GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: Two courses in Spanish beyond the intermediate level (6 semesters or equivalent) Semester: fall or spring Web site: http://ciee.org/program_search/program_detail.aspx?program_id=183 Contact Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu Costa Rica Program (as of Spring 2013 semester) Program location: San José, Costa Rica Program description: Open to all majors, this program will be of particular interest to students in the Wells Business Program. A defining feature of this program is a required internship for all students. Students will enroll in two to three university topics courses inEnglish, and two Spanish courses, all at the Universidad Latinoamericana deCiencia y Tecnología in San José. Course offerings in English include business, education, environmental studies, Latin American Studies, law, and history. All students will be placed in an unpaid 3-credit hour internship at a Costa Rica-based company, NGO, or other organization for the duration of the semester. GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: Coursework in Spanish is encouraged but not required (knowledge of Spanish, if any, may be one factor in internship placement). Semester: fall or spring Contact Amy Staples, astaples@wells.edu Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) Program location: Copenhagen, Denmark Program description: DIS offers courses for upper division U.S. undergraduate students in subject areas including international business and economics, communication and mass media, biotechnology and biomedicine, European politics and society, history and European culture, psychology and child development, migration and identity, medical practice, policy and public health, and architecture and design. Instruction is in English. GPA: 3.0 Semester: fall or spring Web site: http://www.dis.dk Contact Professor Muin Uddin, muddin@wells.edu Documentary Field Studies at the SALT Center Program location: Portland, Maine Program description: The Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies provides a semester of hands-on learning of documentary radio, writing, or photography. Salt is located in the heart of the art district in Portland, Maine. By documenting Maine people, culture, and landscape, students become writers of nonfiction - literate, proficient, ethical storytellers in the written word, sound, and images. Through fieldwork, collaborative critiques, and guided discussion of relevant work, students learn how to ethically research and gain access to a story, collect information, edit their work, and return to the field to refine the process. Borrowing from a variety of disciplines outside of journalism to tell stories-- art, sociology, anthropology, oral history-- students produce a professional, intimate, humanistic body of work and leave Salt better equipped to work in their chosen field. GPA: 3.0 Prerequisites: Junior class standing Semester: fall or spring Web site: http://www.salt.edu Contact Professor Vic Muñoz, vmunoz@wells.edu Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts Program location: Kyoto, Japan Program description: The Japanese Studies Program at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts offers semi-intensive Japanese along with courses on Japanese culture and history offered in English. GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: Two semesters of Japanese. Open to women only. Semester: fall semester only (late September to late December) Web site: http://www.dwc.doshisha.ac.jp/english/international_exchange/acceptance/js_program/index.html Contact Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu Freie Universitat Berlin-European Studies Program (FU-BEST) Program location: Berlin, Germany Program description: Located in the heart of Berlin, this program combines courses offered in English on history, sociology, philosophy, film, and art history combined with semi-intensive study of German. Courses take advantage of sites and museums in Berlin with weekly local field trips along with a week-long excursion inside Germany and other countries in Central or Eastern Europe. GPA: 3.0 Prerequisite: Junior class standing. While not required, at least one semester of college-level German is recommended. Semester: fall or spring Web site: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/fubest Contact Professor Diane Koester, dkoester@wells.edu or Professor Ken Larson, klarson@wells.edu J. F. Oberlin University (also known as Obirin University) Program location: Tokyo, Japan Program description: Located in suburban Tokyo, JF Oberlin offers semi-intensive Japanese as well as subject courses in English and Japanese depending upon an applicant’s proficiency in Japanese. The program, known as Reconnaissance Japan, allows students to focus on Japanese language as well as the culture, politics, economics, and business of Japan and East Asia. GPA: 3.0 Prerequisite: Two semesters of Japanese Semester: spring semester only (mid-April through end of July) Web site: http://www.obirin.ac.jp/en/rjprogram/index.html Contact Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu School for Field Studies Program description: This program allows selected students to learn about environmental issues first-hand and to participate as a member of a team helping to solve a particular environmental problem. Web site: http://www.fieldstudies.org Contact Professor Niamh O’Leary, noleary@wells.edu Australia Program location: Yungaburra, Queensland, Australia GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: One course in ecology or biology Semester: fall or spring Costa Rica Program location: Atenas, Costa Rica GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: One course in ecology or environmental science. One semester of college-level Spanish. Coursework in international development, economics, or anthropology recommended. Semester: fall or spring Kenya and Tanzania Program location: Kimana, Kenya and Manyara, Tanzania GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: One course in ecology or environmental science Semester: fall or spring Mexico Program location: Bahia Magdalena, Mexico GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: One course in ecology or environmental science. Conversational knowledge of Spanish highly recommended. Semester: fall or spring Turks and Caicos Program location: Cockburn Harbour, Turks and Caicos Islands GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: One course in ecology or environmental science Semester: fall or spring University College Cork Program location: Cork, Ireland Program description: University College Cork (UCC) offers a comprehensive list of course offerings in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The program is of particular interest to students majoring in the biological, chemical, physical, environmental, mathematical, or computer sciences. An Early Start Program introduces students to living and studying in Ireland. GPA: 3.0 (may consider applicants between 2.8 and 2.9 in exceptional circumstances) Semester: fall semester only Prerequisites: Junior class standing Web site: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/international/visiting Contact Professor Niamh O’Leary, noleary@wells.edu University of Bonn Program location: Bonn, Germany Program description: Students with a strong background in German have the opportunity to join the Wells College Study Program at the University of Bonn. Courses are available in the full range of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, etc. German is the language of instruction and interaction with on-site program support. Intensive or supplementary language/culture courses are provided for students requiring further language studies. The program includes a four-week introductory session, which prepares students for the regular semester, as well as an extensive cultural and social program of excursions, concerts and a one-week trip to a major German city. GPA: 2.8 Prerequisites: Permission of the faculty advisor(s). A 200-level course in German is preferred; students with outstanding performance in two semesters of intermediate level German language will be considered. Semester: spring semester (mid-April to mid-July) Web site: http://www.uni-bonn.de/en/International_Relations/International_Students.html Contact Professor Diane Koester, dkoester@wells.edu or Professor Ken Larson, klarson@wells.edu University of Stirling Program location: Stirling, Scotland Program description: The University of Stirling is a comprehensive residential university located between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It has wide offerings in most fields, including business and management, economics, English, film and media studies, history, psychology, and sociology. GPA: 3.0 Prerequisites: junior class standing Semester: fall (mid-September to mid-December) or spring (mid-February to early June) Web site: http://www.stir.ac.uk Contact Professor Cynthia Garrett, cgarrett@wells.edu University of Tasmania Program location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Program description: The University of Tasmania has particular strengths in business, environmental science, music, studio arts, and biology. GPA: 2.8 Semester: fall (early July to mid-November) or spring (mid-February to early June) Web site: http://www.international.utas.edu.au/static/StudentMobility/index.php Contact Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu University of York Program location: York, England Program description: The University of York offers a wide range of courses, including archeology, economics, engineering, English and related literature, history and philosophy. GPA: 3.0 Prerequisites: junior class standing Semester: The program uses the British three-term module system. For credit comparable with a Wells semester, students should plan to attend during spring term, January-June. Web site: http://www.york.ac.uk/study/international/ Contact Professor Cynthia Garrett, cgarrett@wells.edu Victoria University Wellington Program location: Wellington, New Zealand Program description: Victoria University Wellington has particular strengths in anthropology, history, business, and environmental science. GPA: 2.8 Semester: fall (mid-July to early November) or spring (late February to late June) Web site: http://www.studyabroadnz.com Contact Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu Washington Semester Program location: Washington, DC Program description: Students interested in examining the government process in the nation’s capital may take courses at American University in: American national government and politics, arts and humanities, economic policy, foreign policy, journalism, justice, or public administration. This is a semester-long program that includes seminars and courses at American University and an internship in the student’s area of interest. GPA: 3.0 Prerequisites: Application may be obtained from Wells College political science faculty. Students should have at least two courses in political science and a GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to students in pertinent majors and special programs. Semester: fall or spring Web site: http://www.american.edu/washingtonsemester Contact Professor Susan Tabrizi, stabrizi@wells.edu
Notes/School Information:

 The Education of an Extraordinary Life

The exploration of ideas from multiple perspectives. Connection with a close community of professors and friends. Seminar-like classes that allow for deep discussion and scholarship. An emphasis on experiential learning, collaboration and real-world preparation. A breathtaking campus on the shores of Cayuga Lake. These are just a few reasons why Wells is not your ordinary college education.

We attract a special kind of student—one who appreciates immersion in a wide range of liberal arts studies and a commitment to global citizenship. The Wells experience includes....

  • Personal mentoring from professors—one teacher to every nine students
  • A strong emphasis on experiential learning through internships, study abroad and original research
  • A first-rate liberal arts foundation that combines classroom theory with real-world preparation
  • The cultivation of global citizenship and social responsibility
  • A connected, close-knit community on a beautiful Finger Lakes campus
  • A high-quality, affordable education