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The story of how one college abruptly closed — and kept everyone in the dark


The Hechinger Report

Wells College, a 156-year-old institution in New York, announced its closure a week before finals, leaving students and faculty scrambling. Evidence suggests administrators knew about the closure months prior, despite public assurances of the college’s wellbeing. The closure is part of a trend of college closures due to enrollment dips and reduced pandemic-era aid. Wells had struggled with enrollment and budget issues for years, but had assured faculty and local leaders of its stability. The closure decision has raised concerns about accountability and the impact on students and faculty.

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