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Wells College notified state of closure just days before telling students, faculty

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After announcing its closure due to financial difficulties, Wells College has swiftly implemented measures to support its students and staff. The college, which will cease operations at the end of the spring semester, has entered into “teach-out” agreements with several institutions, ensuring students have a clear path to continue their education.

The New York State Education Department, which was notified of closure over the weekend just days before students and faculty found out, has been coordinating efforts. The department’s website now lists detailed information about the closure process, teach-out agreements, and resources for obtaining student transcripts, emphasizing the state’s commitment to minimize the impact on the Wells College community.


As the campus prepares for its final closure, the future of its property and facilities in Aurora remains uncertain. This development adds another layer to the ongoing discussion about the sustainability and challenges faced by small liberal arts institutions in the U.S.