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Wells College

Wells College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. The college has cross-enrollment with Cornell University and Ithaca College.

Location

Address
170 State Rte 90
City
Aurora
State
NY

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
534
In State Tuition Fees
34400
Out State Tuition Fees
34400
ACT Score
24
SAT Score
1565
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.50
Male Female Ratio
34:66
Acceptance Rate
58%
Student Faculty Ratio
11:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
The mission of Wells is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells"s academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.
Mascot
Cleo, Oddwina
Colors
Blue Purple Green Gold
Conference
North Eastern

College History

History

Wells was established as a women's college in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of Wells Fargo and the American Express Company. Wells had the building for Wells Seminary constructed on property he donated. Not long after its construction, Wells Seminary burnt to the ground. The first building was replaced in 1890 by the current Main Building. Henry Wells' mansion, Glen Park, was later donated to the college for its use. It is now part of the campus as a residence hall for upper class women. After 1965, Walter Netsch designed the Louis Jefferson Long Library. The design of this award-winning building inspired two other buildings on campus, Barler Music Hall and Campbell Art Building. Co-education After 136 years as a women's college, Wells announced in October 2004 that it would become a co-educational institution in 2005. This drew student protests on campus. Some parents of students also became involved in the protests. Some of the students said that their protests were patterned after ones at Mills College in the early 1990s. A website called Wells for Women was established After the college's decision to adopt coeducation was approved by its board, students filed a lawsuit, which the courts rejected. The college adopted coeducation in 2005.

College Specialty

Specialty

The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.

Alumni

Alumni

Frances Folsom Cleveland - First Lady of the United States and wife of President Grover Cleveland Pleasant Thiele Rowland - founder of Pleasant Company and creator of the American Girl brand of dolls, books, and accessories Laura Nader - Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Nader�s areas of interest include comparative ethnography of law and dispute resolution, conflict, comparative family organization, the anthropology of professional mindsets and ethnology of the Middle East, Mexico, Latin America and the contemporary United States. Margaret Pericak-Vance - Professor of Human Genomics at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and Director of the Miami Institute for Human Genomics. She is best known for identifying the Apolipoprotein E risk gene for Alzheimers, helping to develop genomic convergence, and uncovering risk genes for a number of complex disorders, including Age-Related Macular degeneration, Multiple Sclerosis, Cardiovascular disease, Autism, and many others. Helen Barolini, Italian-American author of novels and essays Edith Kinney Gaylord - journalist, philanthropist, founder of Inasmuch Foundation and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and former president of the National Women�s Press Club Mary Beckerle - Ph.D and executive director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Alice Hanson - Professor of Music History at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (1982-2013). Hanson�s academic expertise focused on the music of Vienna from the 18th to 20th centuries, but she also had interests in opera and American music.

Campus

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