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Wheaton College
A Wheaton education prepares students for lives that are wholly dedicated to serving Christ...

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois

A Wheaton education prepares students for lives that are wholly dedicated to serving Christ and His kingdom.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,463 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
70% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
219 full-time faculty
102 part-time faculty
11 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

95% 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 5%
Black or African American 3%
White 75%
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 1%


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—success that can be used to perpetuate and best live out 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 enter the workforce with a well-rounded repertoire of skills. They are 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 spans across all disciplines.

Residential learning

Students are highly encouraged to engage in residential learning because of the added educational benefits it offers. Such an environment fosters students’ abilities to learn outside of the classroom, enhancing their academic experience with the support of peers with the same academic goals.

The Importance of the Christian Church

The values of the Christian Church are prioritized at Wheaton. Serving the needs of the Church is paramount regardless of profession. And, with a heart for progression, faculty and staff work to advance the Kingdom of God through education and practice. Students are encouraged to come together through love and commitment to Christ, as both 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 carry with them their commitment to the service of God. Wheaton offers its students several opportunities to travel abroad, the trips of which can take the form of international internships, semester-long study, and research initiatives that incorporate cross-cultural perspectives.

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.

Funding for Excellence

The Faculty Global Research Awards provide professors the opportunity to bring new cultural perspectives to the classroom through various funded research efforts. These funds make it possible for recipients not only to bolster and change their course curricula, but they also facilitate travel and research projects in which they often invite their students to take part. Students can benefit more directly from school funds through such grants as the International Internship Travel Grant and the Global Scholar award. These allow students to venture out into the world without worrying as much about finances, enabling them to focus on life-changing work experience or research in a different country.

Student Services

Wheaton has several student services to aid in student success. Most notable are the Writing Center and Academic and Disabilities Center, both of which are staffed by helpful tutors and advisors who support students who require extra support. The Writing Center helps students make and communicate academic arguments, and the Academic and Disabilities Center works with and advocates for students with disabilities that may affect either their performance in class or ability to navigate the campus.

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, which calls upon every Wheaton student and faculty member to collaborate with others in work, service, and worship. As a supportive campus of Christian scholars, Wheaton fosters an atmosphere that promotes both spiritual and intellectual growth.

Spiritual Life

Wheaton’s chaplain succeeds in the crucial effort to further the spiritual journey of the entire Wheaton community. Each individual is inspired to grow in faith with the support of Wheaton’s Christian environment. A variety of events like worship provide the outlets through which to explore and gather in a community of comfort.

Student activities

Wheaton has several clubs and organizations for students to choose from. These clubs range from service initiatives to special interest groups. While there are numerous options, students also have the chance to charter their own clubs to expand the scope of the community’s focus. The College Union also helps bond the community by organizing campus-wide events catered to every student in the College. Concerts and dances make Wheaton burst with activity!

Students also have the chance to get directly involved in the Wheaton experience. Through participation in Student Government, they are able to contribute to the establishment and implementation of a variety of projects, ranging from monitoring technology and finances to maintaining the community’s focus on maintaining diversity.

Sports and Recreation

As a member of NCAA III, students can enjoy viewing or participating in riotous collegiate athletic events. They can also join a club or intramural sport for a more casual yet equally exciting activity. The College’s rec center is also equipped with the resources for anyone to exercise or take physical classes.


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 

Liberal Arts for Diverse Success

Wheaton is proud of the work it does to prepare its students for postgraduate success. Upon graduation, Wheaton scholars 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; it is both general and specific in a way that earns students a wealth of knowledge in a span of disciplines. Aside from the degree itself, 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 Career Development Center and online Wheaton in Network (WiN) tool connects members of the Wheaton network to one another through various postgraduate inquiries and career interests. All members of the Wheaton community are invited to take advantage of the Center’s services, provide their insight, and use their personal networks to connect others to opportunities.


Admissions Fall 2015

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

70.52% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing date: Jan 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

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 600 710
SAT Math 600 700
SAT Writing 590 700
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