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Academics

Wheaton College, "a strong Christian institution," located near Chicago, has become one of the "most prestigious and academically rigorous among Christian colleges in the United States." This liberal arts school, where academics are "integrated with Christian faith," is described by its students as "a loving community of students passionate about pursuing excellence in education and glorifying the kingdom of God." As one student puts it, citing the balance between spiritual and intellectual growth fostered at Wheaton, the school is "about educating the whole person and helping us grow spiritually as we learn about the world around us and prepare to enter the workplace." The professors earn high marks from students, who call their teachers "the greatest strength of the school because they are the ones setting the tone for the entire student body." The school's motto—"For Christ and His Kingdom"—sets the tone for Wheaton's "integration of faith and learning through a liberal arts education." Students praise the small class sizes and the easy accessibility of professors, who are "knowledgeable, dedicated to their disciplines, and most are eager to connect outside the classroom." There are "great opportunities for research and internships" and the close-knit Wheaton alumni network is a boon for students after graduation.

Student Body

Students describe their fellow Wheaties as "a loving community of students passionate about pursuing excellence in education and glorifying the kingdom of God." As one student puts it, "We can be a bit serious-minded as a result, and the social scene certainly isn't priority number one, but there's a tangible love and acceptance of one another throughout campus." Despite that, many students call for an increase in the school's diversity, with more inclusion and acceptance for both racial minorities and LGBT+ students, because while "Wheaton encourages diversity [the school] could definitely use more diversity." Overall, "Students at Wheaton are driven, with a dedication to their studies that is only matched by their dedication to Jesus Christ," and they are "both academically invested and socially active."

Campus Life

The Community Covenant governs much of the social life at Wheaton, forbidding activities like drinking and smoking for undergraduates. Most students are quick to point out that the Covenant is "not a set of rules and regulations. It is a set of guidelines that students agree to adhere to, not made in order to punish wrongful behavior but rather to establish a culture of community in which there is maximum potential for thriving." The emphasis on community is key to the Wheaton philosophy and, when it comes to the Covenant, students say, "It is a commitment to a Christian standard of living, and most students have a positive attitude towards committing ourselves to it." Wheaton has multiple fun yearly traditions, such as the "annual President's Day Ball, which is always hosted in Chicago," "our family weekend Talent Show," and the "Roller Disco roller skating disco dance." On campus, athletics play a key role, with more than 20 sports teams, in addition to student-run clubs and Bible study, a popular activity (there is also Chapel three times a week). Many students take the opportunity to take the 40-minute train ride to nearby Chicago, often an "outlet for a good time."

Overview

Applicants
1,850
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

55%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 690
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 680

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 720

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
11:1
Total Faculty
317
with Terminal Degree
255

194
Men
123
Women
44
Minority
4
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Managerial Economics

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/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

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

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

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

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • 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


Ruth Haley Barton
Author and Founder, The Transforming Center

Will Liverman
Operatic Baritone

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

Dawn Wright
Chief Scientist, Environmental Systems Research Institute

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

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)
$43,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$90,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$44,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$89,400

Percent High Job Meaning
73%

Percent STEM
10%


Students Say

Wheaton's Center for Vocation and Career offers a number of services including one-on-one career counseling, job fairs and networking opportunities, and professional development activities such as resume critique and mock interviews. "Students look constantly toward the future," have "high goals," and are "career-minded," and the school largely satisfies their needs. Students feel that "a Wheaton education reaches beyond the classroom to developing all aspects of the student in preparation for future life and vocation." Similarly, "Wheaton has changed me for the best and has brought me to a point where I feel ready to enter the professional world." Many majors require internships for which students can turn to alumni in the WiN network for networking and leads. Of Wheaton alumni visiting PayScale.com, 62 percent report feeling as though their job has a high level of meaning.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,671

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,622

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,929

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,354

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$16,183

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,190
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,300
Transportation for Commuters
$600

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,806
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,456
Foreign Countries Represented
39

Demographics

9.25%
Asian
2.71%
African-American
5.51%
Hispanic
74.96%
Caucasian
3.13%
International

53% female
47% male
73% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
88%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

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
95
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
16

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

38% participate in intramural sports
19% 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/multicultural-development

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

Sustainability

70/99

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

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
No

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
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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