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Fall 2015


Greetings Students!  Welcome  to The Globe!  On behalf of the Division of Academic and Student Life, welcome/welcome back to Wells, we are looking forward to a great  semester!

We hope the content on these pages will help you access information and take care of business at Wells College.  Log on and click on the links to the left to register for classes (Registration and Advising); search for faculty, staff and students contact information (Campus Directories); view your housing and roommate information (Residence Life); arrange transportation to campus (Transportation);  and more!  If you are having difficulty navigating The Globe, please contact our IT staff, information can be found on our Globe page
The New Students page contains important dates, information and forms regarding your entrance to Wells. Please make sure to read this information carefully.  If you have questions or need assistance, you can always contact the Dean of Students Office at or 315-364-3311.  


·         Liberal Arts : A rigorous academic environment that emphasizes close faculty/student interaction, undergraduate research, off-campus study, internships, and active community service and involvement. Wells offers 20 majors and 44 minors, in addition to individualized programs.

·         Faculty: 92% of Wells faculty members have doctorates or terminal degrees in their disciplines. Faculty members hold degrees from Harvard, Yale, University of California-Berkeley, Brown, Cornell, Rutgers, and Stanford, among others.  Over 90% are tenured or in tenure-track positions; 12% are persons of color; more than half are women.

·         Student/Faculty Ratio: 10/1. Average class size: 12 students.

·         Off-Campus Study : The College manages its own study abroad programs in Dakar and Florence and is affiliated with numerous programs domestically and around the globe. 

·         The Book Arts Center: The Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas of book arts and technologies. It offers an annual summer Book Arts Institute on campus.

·         3/2 and 4+1 Articulation Programs : Within five years, both the B.A. from Wells and the professional degree from the affiliate university are granted. Wells has professional school affiliations with Cornell University (engineering); University of Rochester (teacher education); Clarkson University (business administration, engineering); and Columbia University (engineering).

·         Cross-Registration Programs : Wells has cross-registration agreements with Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Cayuga Community College. 


Student Body

·         Enrollment: Fall 2013 head count: 534. Total full-time enrollment consists of 354 women (66%), 180 men (34%). First year enrollment161 full-time students (class of 2017), 106 are women (66%), 55 are men (34%). 

·         Diversity: Fall 2013 semester, 24% of students self-identified as persons of color; 3.9 % are non-traditional age students; and 11 are international students from 6 different countries.

·         Athletics: The College is a Division III member of NCAA and the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Wells offers the following intercollegiate teams — Women: basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, cross country, and volleyball. Men: basketball, cross country, lacrosse, swimming, soccer, and volleyball.  In addition, the Intramural Association offers intramural and club sports activities.


Financial Facts                                                     

·         Endowment: The current market value of the endowment is $ 27,231,000.

·         Costs of a Wells Education in 2013-2014: Tuition-$34,400; room and board-$12,300; fees-$1,500 for a total of $48,200. 

·         Financial Aid: Wells students receive financial aid in the form of college grants, scholarships, loans, and College work-study.  Currently, almost 90 % of Wells College students are eligible for need based financial aid. 

Strategic Planning
2015-2017 Strategic Plan (.pdf, 103K)

The College’s Vision and Strategic Plan for 2015-17 has been endorsed by the Board of Trustees at their October meeting. With this approval, an oversight and implementation committee will be organized and begin to assign responsibility, determine the appropriate timing and resources, and codify the measures of success and assessment plans. 

As you may recall, the Cabinet discussed the draft plan with faculty, staff, students, Trustees, and Village government and business leaders, and shared it with alumni via email. We considered the thoughtful feedback offered, and modified the plan accordingly. In addition, we received comments, feedback and suggestions that we will incorporate into our operations and/or day-to-day work, although they are not reflected directly in the strategic plan. By design, and of necessity, this short-term plan must be narrowly focused on those key strategies that will bring Wells immediate successes — even as they contribute to long-term health and vitality.

Thank you for your active participation in the development of the plan – your input and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. We look forward to working across the campus community as we bring these ideas and goals to fruition.


President Jonathan Gibralter

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Orientation Leader & Peer Leader Selection

Applications are now available to be an Orientation Leader 2015

For 2015 Orientation Leaders will help with Wells Warm-ups and new student orientation.

Applications are available now and are due March 27, 2015

After Spring Break there will be 3 information sessions to learn more about the OL Position 

For questions about Peer Leader email Nicole Pellegrino at and for questions about Orientation Leader email Meg Flaherty at 

2015 Orientation Leader Application (.pdf, 268K)
2015 Orientation Leader Application
2015 Peer Leader Application (.pdf, 822K)
Peer Tutor Application (.docx, 210K)
Peer Tutor Application
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Alternative Spring Break Sign Ups

This Community Reads!

"This Community Reads" is a program that encourages the Wells College community to engage in dialogue around a book that starts discussions and fuels ideas on campus. 
The 2015 Community Read is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love. (Taken from
All first year and transfer students will have the opportunity to discuss the Community Read book at Orientation with their SC100 Peer Leader and Professor.  

Former Students
Application for Readmission (.pdf, 115K)
If you are a former student and are interested in returning to Wells College, click on this link to download the Application for Readmission.  If you have questions about the readmission process, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 315-364-3311 or
Current Students
Withdrawal Form (.pdf, 142K)
If you are a current student and do not intend to return to Wells College, you need to submit a Withdrawal Form and the Exit Interview Questionnaire to the Dean of Students Office in Macmillan Hall, 210.  To download the Withdrawal Form, click on this link.  The Exit Interview Questionnaire is also located on this page.  Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 315-364-3311 or if you intend to withdrawal. 
Exit Interview Questionnaire (.pdf, 151K)
If you are a current student and do not intend to return to Wells College, you need to submit an Exit Interview Questionnaire and Withdrawal Form to the Dean of Students Office in Macmillan Hall, 210.  To download the Exit Interview Questionnaire, click on this link.  The Withdrawal Form is also located on this page.  Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 315-364-3311 or if you intend to withdrawal. 
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