Students Say

Wheaton College strives to cultivate students’ knowledge and to “prepare them to enter the world as strong and capable individuals who serve Christ and His Kingdom.” This “academically rigorous” and deeply religious liberal arts school is equally as interested in the character of each student, with a focus on “developing yourself in ways [that] will affect you long after you’ve left the school campus.” Professors here are “the heart and soul of this campus,” and they’re “exceptional teachers who genuinely care for the academic and spiritual well-being of their students.”

Overview

Applicants
2,010
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.68

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 710
SAT Math
590 - 700
ACT Composite
27 - 32

Deadlines


Regular
January 10

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Overall

Students Say

Wheaton College strives to cultivate students’ knowledge and to “prepare them to enter the world as strong and capable individuals who serve Christ and His Kingdom.” This “academically rigorous” and deeply religious liberal arts school is equally as interested in the character of each student, with a focus on “developing yourself in ways [that] will affect you long after you’ve left the school campus.” Professors here are “the heart and soul of this campus,” and they’re “exceptional teachers who genuinely care for the academic and spiritual well-being of their students.” They “attempt to connect with students in ways other than the material they are told to teach,” and it’s “not unusual to meet professors outside of class, whether that be for a meal, coffee, or fun activities.” That’s not to say that there aren’t a few bad apples or that the grading isn’t tough; professors “rarely curve,” but they do provide “many mentoring and tutoring sessions” to those in need. There’s a “serious integration of faith and learning” that “places a high emphasis on opening up our eyes to serious issues going on around the world.” “When you see other people using their gifts for God and hear them encouraging you to do the same, it’s inspiring,” says one student. Class sizes at Wheaton are pleasantly small, and oneon-one interaction is very common through “internships, teaching assistants, research opportunities, and the ‘Dine with a Mind’ program.” This student body that’s truly “sincere about learning” goes on to form a “very close-knit network of graduates” that’s easily accessible after graduation. Other than that, students laud the “successful career placement, top-notch music conservatory, [and] excellent science facilities.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11.37:1
Total Faculty
314
with Terminal Degree
238

196
Men
118
Women
35
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
89%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Bonnie Pruett Wurzbacher
Senior Vice President - The Coca-Cola Company

J. Dennis Hastert
Former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

Billy Graham
Evangelist

Dan Coats
Former U.S. Senator and Ambassador

Nathan O. Hatch
President, Wake Forest University

John Ortberg
Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Sylvia McNair
Grammy Award-winning soprano

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 20

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bottom Line

Tuition for a year at Wheaton College is listed as $31,900, with room and board totaling an additional $8,820. Combined with books and supplies, students can expect to spend approximately $41,840 per year to attend Wheaton. This is somewhat less than many private schools, and the college offers a number of financial aid programs, with 76 percent of needy freshman students receiving need-based financial aid at an average award of around $19,122 in total gift aid. So for students looking for a top-tier education in a Christian environment, Wheaton College offers an exciting and accessible opportunity.

Bang For Your Buck

Wheaton College offers both need-based and merit-based financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and workstudy. In addition to participating in a number of Federal and State assistance programs, the school offers need-based Wheaton Grants of up to $25,000 as well as many opportunities for smaller scholarships. Department-specific merit scholarships are available in many subjects, such as Physics, Engineering, and Education, and to students in the Conservatory of Music. Wheaton also expresses a commitment to “Christ-Centered Diversity” and multiculturalism, and offers scholarships to students of color, international students, and students from underserved communities. A debt forgiveness program is also available for students and alums who become missionaries. In 2014 Wheaton introduces several new programs, such as the merit-based Charles Blanchard President’s Award of $20,000 payable over four years, and a Yellow Ribbon Program that works with the VA to make additional funds available to veterans. Overall, 73 percent of Wheaton undergraduates are receiving needbased financial aid, making it a solid choice for students who may require some assistance in paying for college.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,772

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,050

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,870

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,939

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,072

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$31,900
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,120

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$600

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Pretty much the entirety of Wheaton is composed of “academically strong, driven, and Christian students,” and the phrase “type-A personality” is oftused. The school draws students from all over the country (including “quite a lot of homeschooled and international students”), and the diversity isn’t as strong as some students would like, though “they are making a lot of efforts to change that in the admissions office.” Students at Wheaton “take their studies extremely seriously and work very hard to keep high grades,” but most still get involved with student activities, ministries, and sports, and enjoy the groups of friends that form when people share a “common identity.” In their downtime, people “have a respectful and creative sense of fun and do not waste their time.” All in all, “most students find some way to fit in.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,432
Out of State
74%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
39

Demographics

8.87%
Asian
2.39%
African-American
5.50%
Hispanic
78.18%
Caucasian
2.64%
International

52% female
48% male
74% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

All Wheaton students adhere to a community covenant, which is a set of rules and regulations governing students that forbids things, such as drinking and smoking. While several students wish that the school was “more lenient in their punishment system,” most are happy to comply and even claim that it “forces us to come up with super-creative ways to have fun.” “Everyone has at least one costume—bring one if you come here because you will need it,” says a mysterious student. Drink-wise, “Wheaton students don’t need alcohol to have an awesome time,” and food-wise, the school has what some students call the “greatest college food in the country.” The train station is a few minutes’ walk from campus, which can bring you to nearby Chicago, but most students “just find fun activities to do on campus…like bond with [students who live on their housing] floor or play campus-wide Sardines.” The college offers lots of activities during the weekend and has tons of “random traditions,” such as a “student ‘Iron Chef’ competition in the dining hall.” Students here are very passionate about social justice issues and “just as likely to be found discussing theology or philosophy as the latest sports game.” ESL tutoring, mentoring, and serving on spring break service trips are also popular extracurricular activities for Wheaties.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
98
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
88

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
92
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
16

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

37% participate in intramural sports
18% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Thunder)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Thunder)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: Office of Multicultural Development provides services. http://www.wheaton.edu/student-life/diversity/omd

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Illinois Institute of Technology

Sustainability

Green Rating
71

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
24

Average Number of PC's per Lab
13

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Hewlett Packard

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mrs. Milli Bishop
Visitation Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
501 College Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone
800-222-2419

Email
admissions@wheaton.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Billy Graham Center - archive, museum
Wade Center - collection of English authors
Meyer Science Center
Todd M. Beamer Student Center
J. Dennis Hastert Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Wheaton is 25 miles outside of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium
Art Institute
Chicago Field Museum
WillisTower and Hancock Building
Professional sports teams: Chicago Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks, Fire. Numerous entertainment and cultural venues are nearby.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
800-222-2419

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year-round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-2-night stay

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Approximate travel time: 45-55 minutes Cars leaving the airport exit to the east. Keep in the right lane to turn south on I-294. Stay on I-294 south some distance to I-88, also called the East-West Tollway. On I-88 go west toward Aurora several miles to the Naperville Road exit. Proceed north on Naperville Road past the Danada Shopping Center at Butterfield Road, and continue on to Roosevelt Road. Turn right (east) at Roosevelt Road and get into the left lane immediately for a quick left turn at Washington Street. A few blocks north on Washington, you'll cross the Chicago & Northwestern railroad tracks and approach the intersection of Washington and College at the southwest corner of campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
East-west I-80/90 becomes I-80/94 as you cross from Indiana into Illinois. Continue on I-80 West to I-355 North. Exit I-355 at Roosevelt Road west (which is a left turn at the bottom of the exit ramp). Stay on Roosevelt through the town of Glen Ellyn; when you get to Wheaton, go past President Street to Washington Street where you'll turn right (north) and go approximately 8 blocks to campus.
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Key Stats

2,010
Applicants
2,432
Size
69%
Acceptance Rate
1300
SAT Scores

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