Diversity is a very important issue to the administration, the faculty, and the student body. Every year, the Admissions Office ardently pursues more racial and ethnic diversity. However, as each year passes and the level of ethnic diversity remains relatively stable, many students question how effectively the administration is working toward increasing racial diversity. Statistics show that about 80 percent of Wheaton students are white. Asians comprise the second largest ethnic community. African American, Hispanic, and Native American communities are present and strong, though extremely small.
Every student at Wheaton College is of the Christian faith, per an admissions requirement, so a basic homogeneity is already present amongst the Wheaton student body. Add to that the overwhelming number of white students and there isn't much room for interpretation as to diversity on campus. However, although ethnic diversity is low, Wheaton has a rich cultural diversity, brought in by the students coming from missionary families across the globe. Wheaton students come from all 50 states and from 37 different countries. One lunch table may be host to students from Uzbekistan, China, Tanzania, and Chicago, united in the desire to live for Christ. In order to strengthen minority groups and further racial reconciliation, Wheaton has developed several diversity groups on campus, organized under the Office of Multicultural Development, which strive to give a united voice to minority groups of campus. However, this does not negate the fact that more racial diversity at Wheaton should be direly sought after.