Wells College Teach-Out Partnership

SUNY Cortland welcomes students impacted by the Wells College closing. The campuses have entered into a teach-out agreement that looks to ensure a smooth transfer process for students following the 2024-25 academic year.

SUNY Cortland offers similar academic programs, a small college town feel, a high quality of student life and a free application for students pursuing the teach-out partnership.

Among the reasons students choose Cortland:

  • 68 majors span education, business, science, the humanities, the arts and many in-demand professional fields
  • More than 85% of students pursue career readiness experiences such as internships, research and field placements
  • A $56 million Student Life Center built in 2015 highlights new building for academics, campus living and recreation 
  • Top-five college town ranking in New York state, according to BestColleges.com

Learn more through the resources on this page or contact a transfer advisor in the Admissions Office at admissions@cortland.edu or 607-753-4711.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit an application?

Yes, all Wells College students seeking the teach-out agreement must apply as new transfer students. They must submit a transfer application. The regular $50 application fee will be waived. When submitting your application, please select the application fee waiver option. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to verify their application has been processed appropriately.

Does SUNY Cortland offer my major?

You can view a complete list of undergraduate majors.

Corresponding programs with Wells College:

Wells College major

 SUNY Cortland major

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology  (BA/BS)


Biological & Chemical Sciences  (BA)


Biological Sciences: Health Sciences  (BS)


Biology  (BA/BS)


Business  (BS)

Business Economics

Chemistry  (BA/BS)


Computer Science  (BA/BS)

Criminal Justice (BA)


Data Analytics  (BS)

Digital Marketing  (BS)

Communications: Public Relations/Advertising

Education: Inclusive Childhood  (BS)

Childhood Education/Inclusive Childhood Education

English  (BA)

English/Professional Writing

Environmental Science  (BS)

Environmental Geoscience

Exploratory Program (Undecided/Undeclared)


History  (BA)


Hospitality Management  (BS)

Tourism and Recreation

Individualized  (BA)

Selected Studies

Mathematics  (BA)


Physics  (BA/BS)


Political Science  (BA)

Political Science

Psychology  (BA)


Sociology and Anthropology  (BA)


Sustainability  (BA)

Conservation Biology

Theatre  (BA)

Musical Theatre

Visual Arts  (BA)


Web Design  (BS)

Graphic Design and Digital Media

Women's,Transgender & Queer Studies  (BA)


How will my Wells College credits transfer?

SUNY Cortland is committed to working with Wells College students in an effort to accept as many transfer credits as possible. Each course will be reviewed individually. Contact the Admissions Office at 607-753-4711 to learn more about the transfer credit evaluation process.

Is campus housing available?

Yes, all new students are guaranteed access to campus housing.

Students may be exempt from the housing requirement if they are one of the following:

  • 21 or older by Aug. 31, 2024
  • Commuting from home (maximum 50-mile radius)
  • Married
  • Military veteran

All requests to live off campus must be approved by the Residence Life and Housing Office.

Are transfer students common at SUNY Cortland?

Yes, approximately 800 new transfer students choose SUNY Cortland each year, including roughly 600 each fall.

Several resources are available for student support:

Orientation takes place during the summer for students starting in the fall semester or during the winter for students enrolling in the spring. It’s where students receive their first course schedule, meet other new students and learn strategies for a successful start. 

COR 201 is an introductory one-credit seminar covering life at SUNY Cortland. This class can help familiarize transfer students with the offices and services that can help in their transition to campus. 

The Transfer Network Team can match transfer students with others who already have transferred to SUNY Cortland. They are available to offer their own tips and advice.

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P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045