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Reviews 707 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Norton is a town with a college, not a college town. There is a big difference.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The townhouses are really the only off campus option. Everyone lives on campus.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: On campus is where most parties happen. There are really only two bars off campus and only upperclassmen go to them.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I was lucky enough to receive a merit scholarship and Wheaton is great at giving students scholarships- both need based and merit based.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Wheaton could do better in terms of racial and ethnic diversity. But economic, religious, and sexual orientation diversity are great. In terms of political affiliation the campus is very liberal and you won't find that many registered republicans.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are hardly any restaurants off campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and I commend administration for reacting to and addressing safety concerns quickly.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The quality of food could be better but we have multiple dining halls and late night options.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The science center is definitely a draw to our campus it is brand new and houses state of the art equipment.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors are considerate and knowledgeable, class sizes are small, you have the freedom to take interesting classes, and the curriculum is academically rigorous.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The career center is helpful in looking over resumes and meeting with students, but students should expect to do a lot of searching on their own.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: I don't like that you only give me the option to rate men. You ask about LGBT students, but assume the person filling out the survey is not one of them.

College Junior

Greek Life: We do not have Greek Life on campus.

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.


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Monica Vendituoli
Nashua, NH
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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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