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About Wells College

Wells College is a private, nonprofit school in an rural setting in Aurora, New York. Wells College was founded in 1868 and now enrolls around 357 students a year, including 357 undergrads.

Wells College offers housing for up to 515 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 90% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Wells College's endowment was valued at $23.5 million in 2021. For each full-time professor, there are about 7.14 undergraduates enrolled at Wells College.

2021 Wells College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 65%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 94%
Average GPA 3.1
Tuition $30,950

2022 Wells College Regular Decision Application Deadline

The deadline to apply regular decision to Wells College for Fall 2022 is March 1. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Wells College by April 1.

Early Admission at Wells College

Wells College offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Wells College is on March 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Wells College admits 94% of students that apply early action. 65% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Wells College.

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Wells College Acceptance Rate 2021

The acceptance rate at Wells College is 80%. Out of 1,693 applications received in 2021, 1,350 students were offered admission.

Wells College Waitlist

Wells College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Wells College?

Wells College is considered to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Wells College, applicants must submit the following items.

Wells College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Wells College

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Wells College.

Does Wells College Require the ACT or SAT?

Wells College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 24% submitted the SAT. 7% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Wells College

Yes! Wells College provides on-campus housing for up to 515 students.

Wells College students are active in the school's Umoja, Prodigy and Red Cross Club. Spring Weekend, Fall Semi-Formal, and and Odd-Even Game/Weekend are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Wells College.

Financial Aid at Wells College

Wells College meets 78% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $29,684 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Wells College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wells College

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Wells College, around 52% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 163 students who started at Wells College as first-time freshman, 88 graduate within four years.

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 55% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $30,000 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $37,916 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Wells College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Wells College a good school for you?

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Where is Wells College?

Wells College is located in the rural setting of Aurora, New York, less than an hour from Syracuse.

If you want to see Wells College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take New York State Thruway to Aurora, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Ithaca-Tompkins Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Wells College and Aurora are like without leaving home.

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College Info

170 Main Street Aurora, NY 13026

Campus Setting: Rural

Wells College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wells College is Mar 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Wells College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wondering what life at Wells College is like? There are approximately 357 students enrolled at Wells College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 78% percent are from NY and 22% percent of students are from other states.


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