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Reviews 658 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is nothing to do in Norton, but there are several ways to get off campus and out of town.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is not much school spirit, but some varsity and intramueral sports get more attention then others.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: SAMM is a big part of policy enforcement and in all honesty the drug use here is not that bad.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Wheaton is pretty generous with aid, but sometimes I wish they provided more.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are alternatives to partying, there is always something to do on campus. Parties happen but they get shut down pretty fast.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is increasing every year but it still needs improvement.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Lots of computer labs and collaboration rooms. The wireless network is mostly reliable.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I do not have a car but it seems okay.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I know that there has been an increase in sexual assault reports but I have never felt endangered.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for housing so long as you are open to doubles and suites. Singles are hard to get, but dorm life in my experience has been great.

5 College Freshman

Weather: we get all four seasons especially winter.

3 College Freshman

Computers: some times wifi is spotty and sometimes tech support is inconsistent but all in all ok.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: if you want it you can get it. If you want it and you're an idiot than it's probably unsafe no matter where you go.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Great for athletes not great for non athletes, which creates some what of a stigma against athletes.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: probably one of the safer colleges.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: over crowded and the lotto system is a cluster ****.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you're on a sports team, or have good friends on a sports team, or are good looking then you probably have a pretty fulfilling night life, if you don't, and are not then you probably won't.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very accepting, open minded and liberal. There are a few international students, and there is some racial diversity, but most students are upper middle class white kids.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Norton Literally is one of the most boring places in New England, and the "townies" don't necessarily love students either.

4 College Freshman

Academics: High priority, relatively high workload, but the number of Fulbrights that come out of Wheaton pretty much says it all, hard work pays off.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not many options, and it costs a lot. you can only live off campus as a senior.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is readily offered but the college is so expensive that it doesn't necessarily cover all of the expenses. most students take out large amounts of loans.

4 College Freshman

Majors: You don't have to choose a major until the end of sophomore year.

4 College Freshman

Majors: you can get a stipend for unpaid internships.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The Honor code is pretty well respected. PS definitely has its favorite targets.


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Monica Vendituoli
Nashua, NH
English, Economics, or Political Science
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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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