The Princeton Review and Washington Monthly rank Wells a “top liberal arts college,” and U.S. News & World Report ranks Wells a “top performer on social mobility.”
“For generations, this College has offered an intensely personal education, rooted in the liberal arts as well as the belief that only when lives are fully explored can they be fully lived.”
– President Jonathan C. Gibralter
Through tailored experiences, real-world problem solving, and graduate-level rigor, Wells students prepare for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.
Tailored Academic Opportunities
Every Wells student tailors their coursework, projects, co-curricular activities, fieldwork and preprofessional activities to create an experience like no other. Students can spend their first semester in Florence, Italy, discover their passions in the Wells Exploratory Program, and create their own course of study with an individualized major.
Hands-on Pre-professional Experiences and Extensive Internships
Wells students solve real-world problems through our Sullivan Center for Business or the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. With hundreds of internship sites such as Delta Airlines, United Way, and the American Heart Association, students connect the dots between classroom and career as they learn how to lead.
Immersive, One Student at a Time
At Wells, students engage in a level of discussion-based learning only possible in small classes. They can design an independent project with the guidance of a faculty mentor. As seniors, students complete a unique thesis or capstone experience that synthesizes their breadth and depth of knowledge and prepares them for whatever’s next.
Wells is located on 300 scenic acres overlooking Cayuga Lake in Aurora, one of New York’s most charming college towns.
The Historic Wells Campus
Enjoy our walkable, lakeside campus. It’s the #1 Most Historically Notable College in America, according to Best College Reviews.
A Top Destination
Aurora is one of New York's most charming college towns, according to TravelMag. Our location in the heart of the Finger Lakes region means fun and relaxation, as well as opportunities for hospitality majors to get hands-on experience at top-tier resorts and more.
Sustainability at the Fore
Sustainability and the environment are at the forefront of all we do. Our Center for Sustainability and the Environment, for example, helps students better understand the natural world. The Sierra Club has named Wells a “Cool School” for our sustainability initiatives
Our traditions date back 150+ years, connecting generations of Wellsians. Each tradition brings together Wells alumni, current students, faculty, and staff to celebrate our inclusive community.
A tradition dating back to 1898, graduates from even-numbered years compete against graduates from odd-numbered years. Odd/even events include a sing-off, dance-off, and other friendly competitions.
Conversation and Camaraderie
Providing a break from classes for refreshments and conversation, Tea Time is an enduring Wells tradition that connects students with their peers, faculty, and staff.
Students receive the honor of ringing the bells in Main Building’s tower to announce dinner, the arrival of the first snowflakes, and other special events like the Convocation ceremony that begins students' first year at Wells, and the Commencement celebration that sends students on their way to their bright future.