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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The dating culture at Wheaton is both refreshing and annoying. I appreciate that both guys and girls are looking for relationships with the future in mind, but the pressure to be engaged by the time you graduate is a bit ridiculous.

The student body is very well put together in general. I like that I'm not an anomaly for dressing up for class.

Friendships with other students definitely tend to be deeper on an emotional and spiritual level when compared to other institutions.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are great, but it seems like most guys are afraid to date or ask a girl out.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: A lot of people (guys and girls) takes care of how they dress and look. They're all mostly fit because Wheaton has a very health/fitness conscious culture. The social life is good and relationships are easy to form.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a great relationship between guys and girl

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls are really amazing at Wheaton. They are really welcoming and help others to engage each other well.

2 people found this useful Report
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The Wheaton College dating scene is something like a sitcom. Guys and girls alike want to date, and sometimes they’re even attracted to each other, but most do not date. It’s true, the student body is the friendliest you’ll ever meet, and you can go up to just about anyone and start a conversation. However, a stereotype has formed at Wheaton, turning casual dating into a stressful task: “Wheaton students only date if they’re looking for a mate.” In fact, many girls consider whether or not their suitor is marriage-material before they even accept an invitation to go out. Scary cliché aside, Wheaton students really do view dating differently, for two main reasons. First, most students are extremely focused on academics. Second, all the men and women are of the Christian faith, which affects how they view romantic relationships. At Wheaton, asking someone out is not commitment-free.

That being said, many students find that dating is both possible and fun. If you’re willing to break the stereotype and give dating a shot, you’ll find it's worth the trouble. Just be aware that if you go on a couple dates with someone, you'll probably hear rumors around campus that you've entered into a serious relationship. As for a sex scene, the portion of sexually active students is very small, but it is out there. Here’s some free advice: At Wheaton, getting to know that special someone as a friend before asking him or her out is a good idea. But don’t be afraid to ask! Get a meal, watch a movie, play Frisbee! Have some courage! Maybe you can help make Wheaton a more dating-friendly place!

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
51%
Male Undergrads
49%
Birth Control Available?
No
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The Stupe
  2. Todd Beamer Student Center
  3. Classrooms
  4. Dorm life
  5. Bro-Sis Floor events
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Fischer Hall lobby
  2. Traber Hall lobby
  3. Adam's Park
  4. Todd Beamer Student Center
  5. Off-campus parties
Social Scene
One of the most loved aspects of Wheaton College is that the students are genuinely kind people. For the most part, the students here are trying to live lives pleasing to God, which includes building healthy, Christ-centered relationships. Students are generally very outgoing and willing to start a conversation with just about anybody, so the only prerequisite to meeting people is your own desire to do so. There are introverted students, but even they seem to find a comfortable niche in the social scheme. There is no social hierarchy at Wheaton, so students are free to be friends with whomever they choose. The only division noticeable on campus is between the students in the Conservatory of Music and the Liberal Arts College. Conservies have an entirely different set of general education requirements, and must practice day and night in the conservatory building, so it's often difficult for music majors to find time to hang out with non-music majors. Social activities vary widely depending on the students, but the one thing you won't find much of is partying.
Hookups or Relationships?
Oh, the Wheaton dating scene-where to begin? There are a couple key things to know. First, opposite-gender relationships have an impressive ability to remain platonic. Hookups, or non-committal sexual encounters, are extremely rare at Wheaton, as most of the student body adhere to core Christian principles and are not sexually active while at school. Second, there is a notorious stigma on campus that Wheaton students never date unless they're looking for marriage, or at least a long-term relationship. While many students adhere to this structure, there are students who deny this stereotype and find that dating at Wheaton College is not only possible but fun. But be warned: If you do go on a casual date, be prepared to hear rumors the next day that you and your date are now boyfriend and girlfriend. Heck, there might even be wedding bells in your future!
Dress Code
Dress among students varies greatly, although for the most part, students wear semi-preppy clothing. You may see hoodies and sweats, T-shirts and jeans, skirts, khakis, or combat boots, but nearly all students present themselves well on campus, whatever their chosen attire. There are no explicit clothing restrictions, but students are expected to dress modestly. On Sundays, you will see the Wheaton student body looking its best, as nearly all students attend one of the many nearby churches. In fact, even those who don't go to church will come to the cafeteria looking nice just to play along.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 35 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 40% Floor/dorm community
  • 20% Clubs
  • 20% Passage at HoneyRock
  • 10% SRC gym building
  • 10% Small groups, clubs, or varsity sports

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 30% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 60% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 9% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
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