Wells College Admissions


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International Students

Wells College welcomes international students who are considering an American education.Wells balances classroom theory with an array of hands-on opportunities, including many internship possibilities. As a liberal arts college, Wells focuses on student-centered teaching and learning. All students work closely with faculty members in small classes and through the advising process. Faculty members serve as advisors and mentors to students, helping with scheduling classes, securing internships, and preparation for graduate school and future careers. Wells is located in the beautiful, scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

  • A liberal arts education focuses on the interdependence of different areas of study in giving a thorough, comprehensive education. The all-around nature of this style encourages Wells students to think critically, express themselves in writing, and intelligently discuss what they learn with their professors and fellow students.
  • Graduate and professional schools and employers recognize the value of the liberal arts in preparing students for their future careers. In addition to providing an education in a specific field, Wells prepares students to anticipate the methods and realities of their professional environment and continue to learn and explore throughout their lives.
  • Wells offers small class sizes and attentive professors. Students have the opportunity to interact personally with their professors who are available to give personalized instruction and assistance based on the student's needs. Wells additionally appoints each student a faculty advisor to assist throughout each semester with course and schedule planning; advisors can be changed based on preference or area of study.
  • This year, among the thousands of American colleges and universities that are considered for rankings, Wells has earned the rank of #118 on Forbes magazine's list of the top U.S. colleges and universities (#105 among Private Colleges and #49 in the Northeast), is included in the Princeton Review's list of best northeastern colleges and placed at #14 on their list of best schools for encouraging class discussion, and gained the ranking of #127 on U.S. News and World Report's list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.

General Information

Sullivan Center for Business

The business and entrepreneurship program at Wells draws on the College's long-standing strengths of interdisciplinary studies and hands-on learning. Integrated with the liberal arts, the Center provides students the opportunity to study the fundamentals. In addition, the Center offers a range of internship partnerships with regional and College-owned businesses, as well as alumni. Under the auspices of the Susan Wray Sullivan '51 and Pike H. Sullivan Center for Business, the business program includes academic programs in management and economics, as well as the Innovation Lab, a unique undergraduate center for studies in design theory. Each year the Center hosts an Entrepreneurship Week which includes profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurship contests with cash prizes.

Preparation for advanced degrees

3/2 and 4+1 programs

Students at Wells may also take advantage of our 3/2 and 4+1 Articulation Programs. Within five years, you can earn both a B.A. from Wells and a professional degree from one of these affiliated universities: Cornell University (engineering); University of Rochester (teacher education); Clarkson University (business administration, engineering); and Columbia University (engineering).

Pre-law and pre-health advising

In addition to the business and engineering programs, with close assistance from faculty advisors, students who choose law or health professions are well-prepared to pursue advanced studies in those areas.

Post-graduate study

Wells graduates are found in the graduate studies programs of institutions including the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cornell University, New York University, Boston College, Yale University, Le Moyne College, Gannon University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and many others.

Capstone experiences

Faculty advisors guide Wells students through their final-year capstone projects, referred to as the "senior thesis." Throughout the project, students work one-on-one with their advisor, receiving personal attention during the planning, research, writing, and production. The thesis represents the culmination of a student's learning and helps prepare the student for the expectations and demands of professional school or career situations. Outstanding students are often selected to present their theses or other significant research projects to the academic world outside of Wells. For instance, Wells regularly sends students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, covering topics in the fields of biological and chemical sciences, environmental science, psychology and others. This spring, students also traveled to the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, presenting their thesis work to conference attendees. Recent Wells students have also earned a Fulbright Program international teaching scholarship and a School for Field Studies Distinguished Student Researcher Award. 

Internships and research opportunities

Faculty and staff members are available to help with hands-on learning opportunities such as internships, research projects, student-teaching placement or other outside-the-classroom work. Through these opportunities, Wells students gain practical experience and connections while working with laboratory technicians, medical personnel, research teams, government and law offices, and other professionals in many fields. 

Major fields of study

In addition to individualized programs, Wells offers 21 majors and 39 minors, ranging from economic and management, to physics, psychology, chemistry, history and biology, to the visual and performing arts. In addition, Wells and nearby Cornell University share a close academic and social relationship. Wells students may register for courses offered by any of the seven undergraduate colleges at Cornell. The College also has cross-registration agreements with Ithaca College, which offers strong business courses.

The Wells campus community

Setting conducive to community involvement

The rural environment gives students the benefits of being away from distractions and provides a chance to focus on studies. Aside from their coursework, students are encouraged to become involved with campus life, serving in student government, clubs, committees, and other organizations. Popular clubs include the Society of Physics Students, Model United Nations, Wells International Student Association, and the "Campus Greens" environmental club.

Excellent campus food

Food in the Wells dining hall is prepared by the chefs of the Aurora Inn. Meals are served buffet-style, with additional options including a salad bar, made-to-order sandwich and pasta stations, and many sides to choose from. A vegetarian entrée is available with every meal, and other vegetarian dishes are marked for the convenience of Wells' residents.

Residential living

Students are housed in five unique dormitories (including the renovated mansion of founder Henry Wells) and three apartment-style buildings in the village. Most students are paired with a roommate; single rooms are also often available.

Health care

Health care for students is available at the Community Medical Center located on the Wells campus. It is staffed by two physicians and a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, with day and evening appointments available.

Religious life

Access to religious services and clubs is available through local communities and Cornell University. Wells will assist with such needs or travel requirements as are related to a student's spiritual life.


Off-campus transportation is available daily to local shops and sights in Ithaca, NY. Wells also schedules van trips to local airports as wells as bus and train stations before and after breaks in the academic year. Travel to and from India is the student's responsibility.

Outdoor recreation and amenities

The Wells campus features its own nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, and boathouse stocked with canoes, kayaks, and single-person sailboats.

Cost of a Wells education

For the 2014-2015 academic year: the price of tuition is $35,200; room and board is $12,700; and required fees are $1,500. Thus the total cost of a Wells education for the current year is $49,400. Travel costs to and from the College are an additional expense, as are books and personal expenses.

Admissions process

Quick response time

Wells offers rolling admissions, which means that you can pick up, complete, and submit your application anytime. We'll be ready to respond! Within two weeks of receiving your completed file, Wells will let you know of our decision on your application.

1-20 and F1 Visa

After Wells has received your enrollment deposit ($2,500 USD) and originals of the certification of finances with supporting documentation, we will review your file for submitting an I-20 application. You will need the I-20 to apply for an "F-1" visa stamp at a US Consulate.