Wells College: Narrative Description

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170 Main St.
Aurora, NY 13026
Tel: (315)364-3266
Free: 800-952-9355
Admissions: (315)364-3264
Fax: (315)364-3227
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wells.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1868. Setting: 365-acre rural campus with easy access to Syracuse. Endowment: $53.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $81,727. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,558 per student. Total enrollment: 390. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 381 applied, 77% were admitted. 45% from top 10% of their high school class, 76% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 1 valedictorian. Full-time: 384 students, 100% women. Part-time: 6 students, 100% women. Students come from 31 states and territories, 5 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 6% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 14% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; psychology; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at members of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, Cornell University, American University, Ithaca College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 12/15 for early decision, 12/15 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 1/15 for early decision, 2/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $21,900 includes full-time tuition ($14,000), mandatory fees ($900), and college room and board ($7000). College room only: $3500. Part-time tuition: $585 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $100 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 35 open to all. Most popular organizations: creative and performing arts groups, POWER, Amnesty International, Athletic Association, choral groups. Major annual events: Spring Weekend, Fall Semi-Formal, Odd-Even Game/Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 465 college housing spaces available; 302 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Louis Jefferson Long Library with 253,458 books, 14,387 microform titles, 411 serials, 1,016 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $215,819. 89 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The college has always shared a close relationship with the small, picturesque village of Aurora, New York; which is noted on the National Historic Registry. Aurora is also home to the highly acclaimed Aurora Inn and the nationally known company Mackenzie-Childs.

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