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Wells College in Aurora New York to Close After Spring Semester

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Wells College in Aurora New York has announced the closure of the school after over 150 years. In a letter, President of Wells College Jonathan Gilbralter and Marie Chapman Carroll, Board Chair, says the school will shutter come the end of the 2024 Spring semester.


“As trustees, we have a fiduciary responsibility to the institution; we have determined after a thorough review that the College does not have adequate financial resources to continue. As you may be aware, many small colleges like Wells have faced enormous financial challenges. These challenges have been exacerbated by a global pandemic, a shrinking pool of undergraduate students nationwide, inflationary pressures, and an overall negative sentiment towards higher education.”

Gibraltar said in a release.

The schools says for years members of the board have worked to figure out solutions in an effort to raise revenues, including collaborations with other universities.

“The Board is committed to the legacy and educational mission of Wells College. As such, we have entered into an agreement with Manhattanville University where it will become our preferred teach-out partner. This partnership further will help ensure that Wells’ current students matriculate and our institutional mission and legacy continue. Manhattanville is developing dedicated housing for Wells students and will be partners in supporting our students with transfer plans. Manhattanville has also expressed interest in developing a legacy agreement that would integrate the Wells College name and history into the Manhattanville community. We have developed additional teach-out agreements with these other teach-out partners: Excelsior University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Keuka College, Le Moyne College, Mercy University, SUNY Brockport.”

The release continued.

Wells College has set up a website with additional information on the upcoming closure. The school says it will continue to provide updates and its communications with stakeholders as plans are being finalized.

Wells College was founded back in 1868 as a Private Liberal Arts College in Aurora, New York.

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