Wells College

Wells College

Wells College, which was originally established in 1868 as a college for women, was founded by Henry Wells and initially known as Wells Seminary. Wells College became a coeducational institute in 2005. The campus of this liberal arts college is spread across 300 acres in Aurora, New York.

Wells College offers a number of bachelor's degree programs, and certificate courses of study. Students can choose from majors in American studies, biological and chemical sciences, foreign language education, economics, management, public affairs, mathematical and physical sciences, international studies, visual arts, religion, sociology, and women's studies.

The athletics department of Wells College is a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, the North Atlantic Conference, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III. The teams are nicknamed the Express, and they participate in sports like field hockey, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, lacrosse, tennis, softball, and golf.

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Contacting Wells College

Wells College
170 State Rte 90
Aurora , NY 13026-0500
General Phone: (315) 364-3266

Wells College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts35American studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, ...
Therapy and Counseling18psychology
Science12biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work4public administration
Fine Arts3fine arts, art history and criticism
Business and Management2business management
Drama and Performing Arts1various performing arts
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy and religious studies
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Wells College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree8227

Wells College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Wells College had a total enrollment of 552 students (560 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 36%
Women 64%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 5%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 16%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 52%
20-21 18%
22-24 18%
25-29 3%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%

Wells College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %

Wells College Room and Board (2007)

Wells College offers campus housing for 506 of its 560 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Aurora, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Wells College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500610
SAT Math480600
SAT Writing470590
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT91%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT37%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Wells College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 19,080
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,080
Room and board $ 8,596
Room charge $ 4,298
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,298
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 800

Financial Aid:
Wells College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 290100)

Wells College Faculty

Wells College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year15$84,62010$75,263
Associate professoracademic year4$58,9367$58,277
Assistant professoracademic year4$53,1937$50,414
Instructoracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year23$74,68725$62,219

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Wells College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division III Independents
Track Division III Independents

Wells College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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