Location
Norton, MA
Undergrads
1,613
Tuition
$41,894
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many different courses for each field so there is always an interesting class to take. Unless it is an introductory course or a large lecture course, the class sizes are fairly small. What stood out to me about Wheaton was that it was clear how much the professors cared for their students and about the classes that they were teaching. The workload is not out of control but for every hour of class time professors like you to complete about three hours of studying.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I declared my major as Psychology this semester and my advisors have all been very helpful with the process. I have planned out the classes that I want to take in my major to graduate and have worked towards fulfilling credits for minors as well. The Filene Center on campus is very helpful with academic advising and looking for internship/job opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Wheaton College strives to educate all students on the resources available on campus for health and safety. The majority of orientation has to do with educating the students on this. There is also a safe and consensual sex group on campus which meets regularly and holds events discussing sexual assault and safe sex.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school is fairly strict when it comes to important topics. Wheaton College is known for its honor code which is upheld for the most part by students so there are not as many issues as there may be without it. Also, I believe the public safety officers are not seen as out to get the students, people look to them as being there to keep the students safe which is great. All of the public safety officers are also very nice and are usually willing to have a nice conversation, they treat us more like equals than inferiors.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Wheaton College is very reliable when it comes to the dining hall. There is always food available and the best part is that it is unlimited. Just like at any school, there will be people who complain about the options. But the dining hall staff really does try their best to create a variety for what they are serving from day-to-day. Also, there is always a constant flow of pizza, a stir fry station, and a grille station when all else fails.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no "Greek life" at Wheaton College. The only housing comparable are the themed houses on campus. Students can apply to these houses and as a house they plan events based on the theme of their house. There is an international house, feminist house, renaissance house, and so on.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are a variety of sports teams on campus and other students get really involved in attending games and discussing them. Club sports are also very big at Wheaton College and many students get involved with them.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are not a lot of options in Norton as far as off-campus dining but there are quite a few options in Mansfield and Attleboro, the neighboring towns. There are places around to deliver fairly late as well.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Wheaton College is very understanding when it comes to financial aid. They take into consideration every aspect of your application and try to accommodate the individual as much as possible. When I applied for financial aid, I appealed and asked for more money and they doubled the amount of the grant that they offered me. It was definitely a great decision and it helped out a lot.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Wheaton College gives every student the unique opportunity to design their own majors to fit their specific needs. The college is also very flexibility if a student wants to change or modify their major and minor. I declared my major as Psychology this past semester and I plan to become a psychologist or a psychiatrist. I do not have any major concerns about finding a job in my field because of how helpful the advisors and alumni are at Wheaton.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: As far as applying to Wheaton College, most students apply undecided and find out what they would like to do once they go through their first year at the college. When I applied, a supplement was required so that admissions could get to know each individual. An interview is also common when prospective students visit the college but it is not required.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Though the lottery system is not great and is especially difficult for rising sophomores, there are great options. Everyone is guaranteed housing so there's always a space. The dorms on upper are nicer, so if you happen to be rooming with someone who has a good lottery number then it's more likely you'll end up on upper after freshman year. The freshmen dorms are relatively nice. The housing process can be difficult if you have a bad number, but it's very efficient and easy.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is $150 for the full year, which is relatively cheap compared to other schools. Public Safety will fine you if you park where you're not supposed to or you park in a handicapped spot. A lot of kids do have cars on campus, but it's less for getting around and more for getting home. Most kids drive themselves to school and move themselves in after freshman year. There's a fair amount of parking available to students, but you have to apply in order to get a pass.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I really love my psychology program. The program is large which a lot of professors who have varying interests, so you can always find someone to match up with. We have a lot of majors, and Wheaton also allows you to customize your own major. It is difficult and takes a lot of work, but there are professors who will work with you if they think the potential major would work. The work load is a lot and the work is hard, but Wheaton is a challenging school so the amount of work and the challenge with the work makes sense. There are also a lot of internships available and our student services and career services can help students find jobs and internships that interest them.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not done an internship yet. Some are paid, some are unpaid; it entirely depends on what you're looking to do.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have any Greek Life on campus, and most likely never will

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live on campus which is okay considering most things occur on campus. You can only live off campus when you're a senior, and though we have townhouses, there's only a couple for people to live in.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife isn't always abundant, but you just have to know where to look. Sometimes friends will have parties in rooms or suites will have people over, but people are more likely to hang out than have a rager. Sometimes the theme houses also throw parties and get togethers which can be a lot of fun.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have the GATRA, which is free for Wheaton students. It takes you to the train station and other places close to campus. It's fairly easy to get around, especially since you are allowed to have a car all four years (if you want/can). But the GATRA is useful and helpful and allows students to visit neighboring towns and cities even if they don't have a car.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have a lot of great facilities on campus. The dorms are fairly nice, especially for freshmen. The library is large and spacious and has room for everyone, but there are also numerous other places on campus to relax and study. There's a lot of space for students to hang out, and the class rooms and facilities are wonderful.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: One thing that really sets it apart is the close student/teacher relationships that the school encourages. We have small class sizes so that professors can get to know students and learn about their interests to help them in school. We also have a vast study abroad program which allows students to go abroad for a semester or for an entire year to any place they want to go (for the most part).

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our school is very strict, especially when it comes to noise violations, alcohol and drugs. However, we are getting a new dean in the coming years so this could very well change.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students are very friendly. The school is fairly preppy, but kids dress to be comfortable especially on the weekends. There are all sorts of different interests on campus, so there's a place for everyone. A lot of people tend to couple up especially as it starts getting colder, but the social life on campus is definitely there. I've always been able to find something to do with my friends on the weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I don't mind it, but it's fairly cold most of the year and snows from about October until March, so if you don't like the cold I wouldn't suggest going to a school in New England.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't participate in varsity sports, but club sports are popular and a great way to meet people. They're very accessible, and the school is great in helping you start a club if you want to.

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Monica Vendituoli
Hometown
Nashua, NH
Major
English, Economics, or Political Science
Grad Year
2015
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Wheaton College is not the first choice of many students. They choose it because the "reach" schools they dreamed of did not choose them. However, after four years, the majority of students wonder why they didn’t dream of Wheaton College from the start. Sure, you could let the dining get you down or never stop complaining about how there is nothing to do in Norton. However, the students who moan about these small things fail to see the far greater number of things Wheaton does to provide for its students.

Wheaton is unique because it challenges the stereotype that a liberal arts degree is not applicable to the real world. For instance, the Connections curriculum encourages students to study outside of their comfort zones by linking classes in different departments together. This prepares them for connecting their class work to their future careers in creative ways. The fabulous Filene Center finds a variety of ways to foster career callings for students through summer funding opportunities, workshops on résumé writing, and major connection seminars, just to name a few. The school’s success can be seen in the amazingly high number of national scholarships awarded to students, including three Rhodes Scholars in the past ten years.

Wheaton College shines in its ability to support students without resorting to hand holding, which is what results in such honors. What irks some students is that there is no stereotype to fall back on to define Wheaton College. It is not an exclusively "preppy" or "hipster" school. What’s wonderful about Wheaton is, because there is no stereotype to fall back on, students are able to forge friendships with other students they never would have noticed in high school. The one defining characteristic of students is their friendliness. Wheaton College is where promising students are transformed into scholars and better people along the way.

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