Students Say

This historic Massachusetts institution, originally founded in 1834 as a female seminary, is now a “small liberal arts college” that provides “a top notch education” for “high performing students.” Wheaton is a school that “focuses strongly on creating the well-rounded, aware, worldly and accepting liberal arts graduate.” Students love the “small class sizes” that engender a “close connection with faculty.” These factors “are incredibly conducive to classroom discussion and cooperative learning in all subjects” and “students are expected to be present and participate in class.”

Overview

Applicants
4,047
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.33

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 670
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 28

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

This historic Massachusetts institution, originally founded in 1834 as a female seminary, is now a “small liberal arts college” that provides “a top notch education” for “high performing students.” Wheaton is a school that “focuses strongly on creating the well-rounded, aware, worldly and accepting liberal arts graduate.” Students love the “small class sizes” that engender a “close connection with faculty.” These factors “are incredibly conducive to classroom discussion and cooperative learning in all subjects” and “students are expected to be present and participate in class.” Students know that “if you work hard, you will succeed,” and if you are struggling people will help you out. “There’s an atmosphere of goodwill,” a Psychology and Hispanic Studies student explains. “For example, if someone is having trouble in a class or looking for a summer job, help is always available and easily reachable.” Another attraction is “the beautiful campus” that is located close to both Providence and Boston. The most common complaint among students is the dining and meal plans, which are “very limited,” “could possibly be healthier” and in general are “awful.” “It’s understandable that it’s hard to cater to the tastes of such a diverse community, but it’d be nice if things had a decent flavor to it,” one student says. That said, “the food is probably the only issue” at this exciting college. There is a strong “sense of community” on campus, and “professors and students alike are all so friendly, genuine, helpful, motivated, and proactive people.” You can tell people are comfortable here as they walk around campus “like any person you would see walking around their own house” and everyone is “very friendly and genuine.” “Not only do students here value comfortable clothes, they get to know the campus well and get comfortable being in it,” a Psychology major says. At the end of the day, “Wheaton is all about finding your passion and exploring avenues that you might never have thought to explore.” One senior raves about their experience, telling potential applicants that Wheaton is “the most diverse, welcoming, accepting, and colorful place you’ll ever live in.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
188
with Terminal Degree
146

99
Women
89
Men
34
Minority
3
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Christine Todd Whitman
Former Chief Admin,EPA;former Gov. of NJ

Lesley Stahl
Co-Editor, 60 Minutes

Catherine Keener
Academy award nominated actress

Patricia King
Prof of Law, Georgetown U., Education Lobbyist

Christopher Esposito
Political consultant, Emily's List

Abigail Price
U.S. Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Elaine Meryl Brown
Novelist, HBO executive

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,756

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,090

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,969

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,651

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,935

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,390
Required Fees
$310
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$940

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$300

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Students at Wheaton “are independent thinkers and take pride in their individuality” while working “well together, no matter what social group you may be a part of.” They might be best summed up as “quirky, but in all different ways.” “Students usually fall into friend groups very fast,” normally finding “a set of friends after first semester.” “Students are generally liberal” and often “very New-England” and “smart, social, involved.” Many students are “from the northeast, white and middle class,” yet “the diversity is mind-bending” and there are plenty of “students of color, international students, queer students, various religious denominations.” However, one student points out that “the student body is 60 percent female, and it is not uncommon at all to have a class where most students are women.” The main feeling on campus is that of a “tight knit community” where anyone can come “and find a place to fit in or stand out.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,587
Out of State
66%

International
11%
Foreign Countries Represented
42

Demographics

4.84%
Asian
6.32%
African-American
8.00%
Hispanic
75.86%
Caucasian
1.40%
Unknown
11.02%
International

64% female
36% male
66% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

As a small school, “the party scene does not compare to a large university” and some suggest “the party scene at Wheaton is practically nonexistent.” Instead, students enjoy the “active force” of the college’s programming council that ensures “students will always have something to do on weekends.” Students are very active in student groups and organizations, including the “over 100 clubs and organizations on campus that do programming in a regular basis.” “The typical girl auditions for an a cappella group or a monologue/improv group,” one student explains. “The typical male is either involved with a sport or finds a gaming clique.” While there is a lot to do on campus, “the surrounding town (if you can call it that) consists of a CVS, Walgreens, two old-man bars, a bad Chinese place and a corner store.” Consequentially, students often take trips to “Boston and Providence, which are extremely easy to get to” as “Providence is less than 30 minutes away, and Boston about an hour.” Wheaton is a “close-knit community” with a “friendly and accepting campus culture.” “People are truly passionate about their academic areas of interest and their hobbies” at Wheaton, and spend late nights debating “everything from politics to Harry Potter.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Denyse Wilhelm Assistant Dean Academic Resources and Disability Services, 504/ADA Coordinator

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
103
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

71% participate in intramural sports
27% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lyons)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lyons)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Synchronized Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: wheatoncollege.edu/studentlife/

Minority Support Groups: wheatoncollege.edu/studentlife/

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Stonehill College

Sustainability


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

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Grant M. Gosselin
VP., Dean of Admission & Student Aid

Address
Admission Office
26 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766

Phone
800-394-6003

Email
admission@wheatoncollege.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mars Center for Science and Technology opened 2012
Mars Arts and Humanities Arts facility
Haas Athletic Center
Mary Lyon Hall (Wheaton's oldest building)
Balfour-Hood Student Center
Much of the grounds at Wheaton College is open space and is used for outdoor events, both social and academic activities, and now includes a designated outdoor classroom space added in 2012.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Boston (MA)
Providence (RI)
Cape Cod and the Islands
Wrentham Outlet Malls (MA)
Newport (RI)
Local recreation facilities includes the Comcast Center, and the world famous TPC Golf Course.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri; Saturdays Sept-Jan and April
Weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm;select Sat. 9:00 am-2:00 pm
800-394-6003

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://wheatoncollege.edu/admission/visit-campus/

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@wheatoncollege.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Class visits are part of the spring visiting days.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Mon-Thur nights-seniors only-academic yr

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston and Green State Airport in Providence, RI, are 45 minutes from campus. To get to campus from Logan, take a Peter Pan bus to Foxfield Plaza in Foxboro and a taxi from the plaza to Wheaton. The Peter Pan bus leaves hourly on the half hour from most terminals; call Peter Pan at 800-556-3815 for bus information. Peter Pan buses also run from downtown Providence to Foxboro. Taxis and rental cars are available at both airports. Amtrak provides rail service to Boston and Providence. From Boston's South Station, an MBTA commuter rail serves Mansfield and Attleboro, which are towns near campus; take a taxi from either town to Wheaton.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the west, take I-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.)to Exit 11A; then take I-495 S. Follow I-495 to Exit 11. From Boston and northern New England, take I-93 S.(the Southeast Expressway) to I-93 S./128N. Continue to the junction with I-95S. to Exit 6A to I-495 S. At Exit 11 from I-495, turn onto MA Route 123W., and follow that for a mile and a half to the college. From Providence and southern New England, take I-95 N. to Exit 6A; then take I-495 S. to Exit 11 and Massachusetts Rte. 123 W. Follow Rte. 123 for a mile and a half to the college.

Local Accommodations
Our first choice for charm is the Colonel Blackinton Inn (203 N. Main St. [Rte. 152], Attleboro; 508-222-6022), 6 miles from campus. This 19th-century inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has an informal country atmosphere. Continental breakfast and afternoon tea are included in the moderate price. The Holiday Inn (700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton; 508-823-0430) is only 10 minutes away and has a health club, and a restaurant. Rates vary between the inexpensive and moderate ranges. Red Roof Inn (60 Forbes Blvd., Mansfield; 508-339-2323) has inexpensive to moderate rates and is a 15-minute drive away. For an indoor pool and a health club, try the Holiday Inn (31 Hampshire St., Mansfield; 508-339-2200). Rates begin at the top end of the moderate range and go into the expensive range. Courtyard Marriott (35 Foxboro Boulevard, Foxboro; 508-543-5222). The Courtyard is a very pleasant business-oriented hotel close to restaurants in the Norton/Foxboro/Mansfield area.
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Key Stats

4,047
Applicants
1,587
Size
70%
Acceptance Rate

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