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Academics

Wheaton College, located just outside of Chicago, Illinois, is a great option for students who want a school with a “phenomenal” sense of community and “exceptional liberal arts program.” It’s also an evangelical institution and undergrads here value “the college’s commitment to providing a rigorous academic experience through a Christian worldview.” As one undergrad explains, “I wanted to come to a school where my faith would be challenged and grown by those around me.” Beyond religion, students love that class sizes are “relatively small” which “make it easier to develop relationships with professors and peers.” The classroom experience consists of “uniformly fantastic” professors who care deeply and “genuinely want to know about their students’ lives.” Another incredulous undergrad shares, “They invest time and energy into their students and all are always available for office hours or meals.” Wheaton professors also actively look to “involve students in research or mentoring.” Just as crucial, they are “super knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject they teach.” And they’re “always open to questions/ challenges and at the same time are willing to challenge and encourage students in a way that maximizes learning.” It is truly evident that Wheaton professors “want their students to succeed.”

Student Body

Unsurprisingly, undergrads at Wheaton are “uniformly Christian” and “devoted to serving Christ and His kingdom.” The student body is also “predominantly white” though many individuals insist, “diversity is a big part of the campus conversation.” Thankfully, beyond these two facets, you’ll find a variety of “background[s], opinion[s], and interests around Wheaton.” As one student interjects, “Wheaton gets a bad rap for being really conservative, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a diversity of political and theological thought.” What’s more, students say that their peers comprise of a “caring group of individuals who have fun while living an upright lifestyle.” The vast majority are also “hardworking” and “very, very driven.” And they’re fairly worldly since a good number “have traveled to participate in some type of missions or humanitarian work.” Wheaton undergrads are impressed by their fellow students’ intellect as well, reporting that they “are exceptionally versatile, excelling in music, art, athletics, and oftentimes speaking multiple languages.” Finally, another student praises, “I am consistently blown away by the high intellectual capacity the students of Wheaton College possess, as well as their resolve to live selflessly, and use their education to create a better world.”

Campus Life

It’s rather easy to lead a fun and fulfilling life at Wheaton. For starters, students have “chapel services every other day during the week, with worship and guest speakers who are simply amazing.” Many people also “like to attend events put on by Wheaton’s music conservatory.” Additionally, the majority of students are rather “active” and a large number “participat[e] in intramural sports.” Even if sports aren’t your strong suit, the athletic program “encourages non-athletic people to get involved.” Wheaton students are also quite adept at finding “creative ways to have fun.” For example, “geocaching” is pretty popular. Once the weekend rolls around, lots of undergrads participate in “game night,” “movie night,” or “college events such as lip syncing competitions or an interactive art festival.” It’s also rather common for people to attend both “church and brunch.” Of course, when students want a break from campus life, they can easily “take the train to Chicago to enjoy the sights and the lights.” A student concludes, “There is never a dull moment here on campus, whether I’m studying or having fun with friends or attending special lectures, concerts, services, or just class. I love life at Wheaton!”

Overview

Applicants
1,850
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 10


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
352
with Terminal Degree
257

211
Men
141
Women
54
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Managerial Economics.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, Other.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Archeology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Bible/Biblical Studies.
  • Religious Education.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Billy Graham
Evangelist

Nathan O. Hatch
resident, Wake Forest University

Dan Coats
Former U.S. Senator and Ambassador

Dawn Wright
FChief Scientist, Environmental Systems Research Institute

Will Liverman
Operatic Baritone

John Ortberg
Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Ruth Haley Barton
Author and Founder, The Transforming Center

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$51,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$101,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$52,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$105,600

Percent High Job Meaning
55%

Percent STEM
12%


Students Say

Wheaton does a tremendous job of helping students “develop…a career path that is right [for them.]” For starters, the college fosters “great opportunities for research and internships.” Of course, much of this success can be attributed to Wheaton's Center for Vocation and Career. Every year, the office runs a handful of programs that walk undergrads through every aspect of a job hunt. For example, there's Canvas which guides sophomores through the process of career exploration. There's also the Senior Series which helps seniors prepare for life after Wheaton. And we can't forget everyone's favorite program—Taco Tuesday. This scrumptious event pairs students with alumni and lets them chat about jobs industries over a casual taco dinner.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 31

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,500

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,693

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,550

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,661

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,409

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,700
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,500
Transportation for Commuters
$600

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,630
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and 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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,401
Foreign Countries Represented
40

Demographics

8.88%
Asian
2.83%
African-American
6.26%
Hispanic
73.01%
Caucasian
3.30%
International

55% female
45% male
73% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
89%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic and Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jennifer Nicodem

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Psychoeducational evaluation completed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Evaluation from a licensed psychologist or form completed by physician that includes diagnosis, impact/functional limitations, previous accommodations, specific recommendations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
2

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
96
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
16

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

19% participate in intramural sports
20% 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. https://www.wheaton.edu/life-at-wheaton/kingdom-diversity/ https://www.wheaton.edu/life-at-wheaton/student-development-offices/international-student-programs/ The Counseling Center offers an MK/TCK/International Student support group for those who are adjusting to Wheaton, missing home or looking for a place to place to feel at home and connect with other students.

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

Sustainability

69/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Callie Storch
Hospitality 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
?The Stupe? grill in the Beamer Student Center
C.S. Lewis reading room in the Wade Center
Rock climbing wall in the Student Recreation Complex
Perry Mastodon exhibit in the Meyer Science Center
Billy Graham Center museum

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Wheaton is 25 miles outside of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium
Art Institute of Chicago
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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