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Academics

Armed with a "gorgeous" campus in Norton, Massachusetts and a "community" feel, Wheaton College aims to provide an "interdisciplinary" liberal arts education that "fosters appreciation for critical thinking, diversity and civic engagement." Undergrads here particularly love that their school champions "diversity and multiculturalism." And, in doing so, Wheaton has created a "very progressive and forward-thinking environment." Students also greatly appreciate that their classes are chockfull of "active learning." Indeed, professors "encourage you to ask questions instead of quietly sitting in the back of the classroom." It also helps that instructors are "incredibly knowledgeable in their fields." More importantly, it's quite evident that professors "work really hard to put the student interests first." For example, "they love to discuss their areas of study with students and are accessible outside of class time." A junior explains, "I have made extremely close ties to many professors here at Wheaton. My art history professors have helped me get internships over the summer, given me research opportunities, and helped me with my transition to college. I honestly couldn't ask for a better support system." All in all, it is "obvious that everyone who works at Wheaton is passionate about the institution and care[s] about the student body."

Student Body

Undergraduate at Wheaton seem to agree that their peers are "creative, energetic, and have a love for academics." They also continually prove themselves to be "kind," "respectful," and "interested in being a genuinely good [people]." Moreover, students here do an admirable job of making sure they're conscious about what's happening "outside the Wheaton bubble." To that end, many are "very liberally minded and outspoken with those views." Undergrads also applaud the fact that their college "is home to a wide array of culturally-diverse and open-minded individuals." Indeed, "everybody is very welcoming and very willing to learn about new cultures and experiences." That's probably due in large part to the fact that Wheaton has "students from all over the country as well as the world, a prominent LGBT community, [and] students from all walks of life." Further, since the college "is able to offer financial aid to many [individuals], Wheaton students are not all just upper-class suburban kids like at other private colleges around the country." All of this helps to foster a "sense of community [that] runs deep throughout the student body." As one thankful student summarizes, "Unity is a trait that shines here...[and] something that we are all extremely proud of."

Campus Life

There's no denying that Wheaton undergrads love to stay busy. As such, they are "very committed to extracurricular activities." To begin with, "student musical groups are big on campus as well as other performing arts groups." Many Wheaton undergraduates are "involved in community service" as well. People frequently gather at the Lyons Den, a student-run coffee shop that's "open late and hosts open mics on Wednesdays." Once the weekend rolls around, you'll discover that "there are numerous events scheduled. Anything from a movie in one of the auditoriums to food trucks to dance and music performances." Wheaton also sponsors "special treats from time to time": During a recent exam week, students were able to enjoy and de-stress with "a little animal petting farm." As if that wasn't enough, "cupcakes were brought in [too]!" Additionally, plenty of students can also be found attending parties on "Thursday, Friday and Saturday" at different theme houses, through there "is a definite sober population on campus." Unfortunately, there "is not much to do in Norton." But if students are looking for off-campus excitement, they can easily head into Providence or Boston (twenty minutes and forty minutes away respectively).

Overview

Applicants
4,476
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

32%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 630

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 650

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
191
with Terminal Degree
142

100
Women
91
Men
32
Minority
2
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano 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 Administration and Management, 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

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other

  • 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
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • 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
Yes

Career Services

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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

Lesley Stahl
Correspondent, "60 Minutes"

Catherine Keener
Academy Award-nominated actress

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

Nick Fradiani
"American Idol" winner, season 14, 2005

Calliope Thorne
Professional actress

Christopher Denorfia
Professional baseball player

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Coop
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
$32,620

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,737

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,142

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
70%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,280

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,309

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$50,520
Required Fees
$330
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$940

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,050
Transportation for Commuters
$300

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,968
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,651
Foreign Countries Represented
76

Demographics

5.07%
Asian
5.92%
African-American
7.39%
Hispanic
64.71%
Caucasian
1.53%
Unknown
11.78%
International

62% female
38% male
60% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
97%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Accessibility Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Abigail Cohen

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

25% 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
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Stonehill College

Sustainability

73/99

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

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
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
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
508-286-8251

Email
admission@wheatoncollege.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mars Center for Science and Technology
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 are open space and are used for outdoor events, both social and academic activities, and now include 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 include the Xfinity Center, and the world famous TPC Golf Course.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri; Saturdays Sept-Nov and April
Weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm;select Sat. 9:00 am-2:00 pm
508-286-8251

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 both Admissions Office and Coach directly

Contact Email Address for Visit
mcmaster_allison@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
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Mon-Thur nights during academic year; seniors only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston and TF Green Airport in Providence are 45 minutes from campus. 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 or the GATRA bus 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. 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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