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Wheaton College
A Wheaton education prepares you for a livelihood and a life dedicated to serving...

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois

A Wheaton education prepares you for a livelihood and a life dedicated to serving Christ and his kingdom.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,447 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
74% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
204 full-time faculty
101 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
100% of first year students live on campus
87% of all students live on campus

School Location

Situated just west of Chicago, residents at Wheaton College are able to experience a blend of big-city comforts and small-town charm. With over 52 parks and a nationally ranked library, Wheaton is a growing, dynamic community.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences x
Common Intellectual Experiences x
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses  
Collaborative Assignments and Projects x
Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning  
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

94.73% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

89% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 3%
White 76%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division III. 12 Varsity sports for both men and women, including baseball, basketball, football, and tennis.  Mascot: Stertorous “Tor” Thunder  Colors: Blue and Orange

Academic Programs

Ancient Languages, Anthropology, Applied Health Science, Applied Mathematics, Art. Biblical and Theological Studies, Biblical Archaeology, Biology ,Business and Economics, Chemistry, Christian Formation and Ministry, Communication, Computer Science, Conservatory of Music, Economics, Education, Engineering (Liberal Arts), English,  Environmental Science, Foreign Languages, French, Geology and Environmental Science, German, History,  History/Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Relations, Mathematics and Computer Science, Nursing (Liberal Arts), Philosophy, Physics, Politics and International Relations,  Psychology,  Sociology and Anthropology,  Urban Studies

A Wheaton education is largely tied to the Christian church, the values of which are implemented in every facet of the College experience. Wheaton is concerned with the success of its students—a success that can be used to perpetuate those Christian values.

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education
A liberal arts degree enriches the whole person, catering to and influencing every aspect of the individual. With this type of degree, students will enter the work force with a well-rounded repertoire of skills. They will be prepared to handle any situation, no matter the circumstance. Ultimately, Wheaton recognizes one very important fact: an education should not be geared toward one specific thing. Instead, it should encompass a plethora of ideas that span across all disciplines.

Residential learning
Students are highly encouraged to engage in residential learning because of the added educational benefits it offers. One of these benefits is the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, thus enhancing one’s academic experience. 

The Importance of the Christian Church
The values of the Christian Church are very important to Wheaton. It is about serving the needs of the Church, no matter what profession. And it is about progression—advancing the Kingdom of God through education and practice. Students are encouraged to come together through love and commitment to Christ. The educational and personal aspects of Wheaton College come together to make an inclusive community, bound together by service and perpetuation of Christian ideals.

Global Study and Experiential Learning
Even as students change location and gain new perspectives, they should still be committed to the service of God. Wheaton offers its students several opportunities to study abroad, which include: global internships, a semester abroad, and research initiatives rooted in cross-cultural studies.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN x
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Opera x
Pep band x
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society x
Symphony orchestra x
Television station x
Yearbook x

Wheaton has 203 full-time faculty members and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1. Professors and staff have been referred to as “Godly” faculty members that are highly dedicated to perpetuating Christian values. Faculty work very hard to give students an education that both benefits society and leads to a meaningful Christian life.

Faculty Global Research Awards
This resource provides faculty and staff with the opportunity to bring new cultural perspectives to the classroom through various funded research efforts.

Students Services
Wheaton has several student services to aid in student success. Some of these services are the Writing Center and Academic and Disabilities Center.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages x
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 125 211 119 86 20 18 9 588

A Diverse Community
Wheaton embraces diversity, recognizing its importance in creating the ideal community—one where many backgrounds come together to form the academic discourse. This commitment to diversity is highlighted in the Community Covenant.

Spiritual Life
Wheaton’s chaplain has a very important job, which is to further the spiritual journey of the entire Wheaton community, more specifically for each individual. This is done through the organization of events like worship.

Student activities
Wheaton has several clubs and organizations for the students to choose from. The clubs range from service initiatives to special interest groups. While there are numerous options, students also have the chance to charter their own club.

College Union
The College Union is responsible for organizing big events for the College. These events include things like concert and organized dances.

Student Government
Students have the chance to get directly involved in the Wheaton experience. They can join Student Government and work on a wide variety of projects, from monitoring technology and finance to maintaining a diverse community environment.

Sports and Recreation
Students can enjoy collegiate athletic events, with Wheaton participating as NCAA III. Or they may participate themselves by joining a club or intramural sport. There is also the option to exercise and take classes at the rec center.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing X
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  


Other: Housing for disabled provided as needed 

Wheaton is proud of the work it does to prepare its student for post-graduate success. Students, upon graduation, are well-equipped with the tools and skills necessary to succeed in the working world. This is achieved largely through Wheaton’s liberal arts education. Because a liberal arts education is both general and specific, students earn a wealth of knowledge that spans all disciplines. Aside from the degree, the College boasts a list of credentials that prove the value of a Wheaton education.

The Career Development Center and Wheaton in Network (WiN):
The center and online tool (WiN) connect members of the Wheaton network to one another through various post-graduate inquiries and career interests. All members of the Wheaton community are invited to take advantage of these services, offer up advice, and connect students to opportunities.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,971 Total Applicants
1,390 Total Admissions
605 Total Freshmen Enrollment

70.52% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No
Application closing date (fall): January 10

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Character/personal qualities
Religious affiliation/commitment

Extracurricular activities
Volunteer work
Work experience

Class rank
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Racial/ethnic status
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 600 710
SAT Math 600 700
SAT Writing 590 700
SAT Essay 8 9
ACT Composite 27 32
ACT Math 26 31
ACT English 27 34
ACT Writing 8 9


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $32,950
Room and Board (on campus) $9,200
Room Only $5,410
Board Only $3,790
Estimated Total On Campus $42,150


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015 estimated

$24,629 First year students
$24,003 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 estimated

89% on average, the percentage of need that was met
32% of financial need students that had need fully met

$20,255 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,858 Average need-based loan

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