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Wells College

Aurora, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate68%
Acceptance Rate68%

About Wells College

Wells College Overview

Wells College is a private, nonprofit school in a rural setting in Aurora, New York. Wells College was founded in 1868 and the school presently has around 342 students per year, including 342 undergraduates. Wells College provides on-campus housing for up to 515 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 65% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Wells College for Fall 2023 is March 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Wells College by April 1.

Student Involvement at Wells College

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Wells College's theater groups.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Wells College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Wells College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Wells College on the Student Life page.

2022 Wells College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 68%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 84%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 91%
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 91%
Percent of Need Met 78%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $31,020

Is Wells College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how selective a college is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better idea of what Wells College offers and if the college might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Wells College

Around 68% of applicants get into Wells College each year. Out of 2,173 applications received in 2022, 1,485 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wells College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Wells College, around 46% come back the next year. Around 56% of students who started at Wells College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Wells College Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Wells College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Wells College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Wells College's endowment was valued at $33.2 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $11,014 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Wells College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

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 $31,020 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $28,796 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Wells College.

Based on this information, is Wells College the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Wells College a good school for you?

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Where is Wells College Located?

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

If you would like to see Wells College for yourself, be sure to 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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Student Life

Wondering what life at Wells College is like? There are approximately 342 students enrolled at Wells College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 75% percent are from NY and 25% percent of students are from other states.


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