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Location
Wheaton, IL
Undergrads
2,435
Tuition
$30,120
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Academics: Spanish major, and I definitely love it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are friendly and intelligent

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Tough workload, but great overall education

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Because it is a small liberal arts school, the majors are limited, but what they do offer is very well crafted and organized. Workload is tough but worth it.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Chemistry major, and it is great because in addition to the science classes I am taking for my major, I also get to take a lot of other classes that provide for a well-rounded liberal arts education.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 14th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 62nd
    Smartest Professors
  • 89th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 145th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Debbie Knubley
Hometown
St. Louis, MO
Major
English Lit with Writing Concentration
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Walking among the Wheaton student body may feel like walking side-by-side with the most talented and scholarly students in the country. As this is actually true, Wheaton College can be an intimidating place to learn. In spite of this, students are generally extremely friendly and academically non-competitive with one another. But the students aren’t the only brilliant minds on campus; the professors are some of the finest scholars in their respective fields. While many colleges can make this same boast, the truly distinctive quality of Wheaton professors is their sincere devotion to the development of the whole student, both intellectually and spiritually. In this, the professors demonstrate the integration of faith and learning, which has become the school’s catchphrase. Also unique to Wheaton is the fact that many students enter into mentoring relationships with their professors that last much longer than a semester-long class. The passion that professors exhibit for their students truly is Wheaton’s hallmark in the world of education.

Wheaton College, “The Harvard of Evangelicals,” stands up against the finest academic institutions in the country and does so while still upholding its core Christian principles. The workload is often heavy, especially assigned readings, and the professors will really challenge you to think, but all the hard work is worth it when you finish the semester a smarter, wiser, and stronger person than when you began. Classes are small—the average class size is 23—which means you’ll receive an interactive learning experience with specialized feedback. Classes are never taught by TAs, and professors remain accessible during their office hours. At Wheaton, you should expect to participate in your classes, get to know your professors as people as well as scholars, and come away with a wealth of usable knowledge after a lot of hard work.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
200
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
128
Total FT Faculty
200
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$75,403
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
46
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 students: 39%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
  • Fewer than 20 students: 57%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Conservatory of Music
  • Liberal Arts College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Clinical Psychology: 3%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
  • Theology/Theological Studies: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Biblical studies
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Wheaton does not offer online classes for undergraduate students.
Best Places to Study
  • Buswell Library
  • Dormitory designated study areas
  • Starbucks or Caribou Coffee in downtown Wheaton
  • Todd Beamer Student Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class, even if you think you can get by without going.
  • Be yourself. It's clichĂ©, but it's so easy to try to change yourself in order to fit in with a certain crowd. If you have to change you who are in order to be accepted by someone, it's not worth it.
  • Do your research and listen to other students on campus when deciding what professors to take. When you find a really great professor, follow him or her, even if it means taking an 8 a.m. class or a class that's not required for your major.
  • Find a mentor for your four years at Wheaton, whether a professor, older student, faculty member, or someone from church.
  • Gentlemen: Ask girls on dates. They won't bite. Ladies: Accept the invitation. It's not a proposal for marriage.
  • Get involved in an activity, whether it's an intramural sport, a student club or organization, or a DSG on your dorm floor. This will help you ward off the isolation that can set in if all you ever do is study by yourself.
  • If you have the chance, study or serve abroad. Wheaton offers many opportunities where the cost is subsidized. College allows for a much more nomadic lifestyle than a career does. Use this time to see the world!
  • Sleep is important. It can be hard to put yourself to bed when all your friends are hanging out, or when you have miles of pages to read, but your body cannot function well without sleep.
  • Try new things-different classes, new activities, more variety. You're at a new place, so let yourself experience new things! Who knows, you may discover something you didn't know about yourself.
Did You Know?
  • Wheaton has a stellar Dine with the Mind program, where students can have meals with a professor of their choice. It's a great opportunity to really get to know your professors.
  • During finals week every semester, the school's top-rate food service Bon AppĂ©tit opens late-night, serving free nachos, ice cream, and a number of other treats to help with each day's stress.
  • Lauren Pope, author of Colleges that Change Lives, said that "Wheaton is often called the Harvard of Evangelicals, but that moniker does not do it justice because it is a head, shoulders, and heart above Harvard in its concern with good moral systems and strong value systems, as well as in the percentage of future PhDs it has turned out."
  • The Wheaton science department is one of the top 25 nationwide, and nearly 25 percent of all Wheaton science graduates go on to complete a doctorate.
  • Wheaton's Conservatory of Music, with a 7-to-1 student-faculty ratio, ranks among the finest music schools in the country.
  • Student advising at Wheaton is a chief concern. For each adviser, there are around five to ten students. Thus, each student receives special attention for class selections, study abroad opportunities, and career concerns.
  • If you ever need help writing a paper, or want your paper edited, go to the Writing Center in Buswell Library where you will receive quality help.

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