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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the small community.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The campus can work on its alumni network.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is very active in safety.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love that each room costs the same amount.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The campus lacks the support the teams deserve.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I appreciate that I am seeing it evolve.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors I'm not sure about. For the most part they seem pretty good, but a few tend to lecture more than is reasonable for a course that is not meant to be lecture-style. The course offerings and interesting and abundant and the course selection process is very quick and only painful when your class has already been filled. Class sizes are generally pretty small, unless you're in a popular class or one that's required for a lot of things, like Logic, or an intro class.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is an alumni network but it's not super great. I did go to an alumni panel, which was nice, but people don't seem to be very active on the alumni site.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus, even while alone at night. I know a person who has been assaulted but I do not know much about their experience with what they did after. Public safety is very helpful and generally friendly--they will drive you to places if you cannot walk; they will look for your stuff in lost and found and are very understanding when it comes to safety issues you may have.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice except one or two. Haha you'll never know unless you end up in them.

The water is drinkable, but yellow. It's not pee, it's just yellow. Everyone learns this when they come to Wheaton. Yes, Wheaton's pretty expensive, but it's awesome. Trust me.

The people are so nice. One time I was having a breakdown right outside my dorm and 3 different people came over and asked if I was okay--I didn't even know the first two.

If you're into DnD, we got you covered ;)

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports isn't really my thing but club sports are strong and I'm part of one of those. Athletic facilities are great; I've talked with people who do varsity sports and they agree.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly I love it here. It's a great fit socially; I'm not so sure about academically, but that's just a personal thing. There are a lot of jocks and nerds here. Everyone is very nice and helpful, and the community is very open--friend groups are fluid. There is a lot of topics to study, but of course few teachers in each field because it's a small private college.

5 College Senior

Academics: Academics are challenging, and you'll work hard and learn so much!

3 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity on campus is growing, but it can still be a challenge to be a student of color. Wheaton is 70% Caucasian, and many are upper-middle class, and many students come from New England (it's a small school and publicity is growing, but it still mostly attracts from the area). Many people on campus are liberal and try to be conscious of the experiences of people of color, but there are entitled jerks or people who are just ignorant of other's experiences. But the students of color organizations (Black Student Association, Distinguished Women of Color Collective, Renaissance House, and a few more) are really visible on campus and do awesome work! There isn't a huge variety of (out) students of differing sexual orientations, but this tends to shift as students become more comfortable identifying themselves throughout their 4 years.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Marijuana is really popular, but not really any other drugs. There's some selling of prescription pills around finals, and you'll find Molly on Spring Weekend, but it's a tame campus. Alcohol is definitely the most popular. However, there's not a lot of pressure to drink or smoke. It's totally cool if you're sober or want to have a drink but not get drunk. The policies are enforced if students are stupid. If Public Safety hears loud music and sees 30 people in a double room in underclassmen dorms or smells smoke, they can't ignore it. But if you happen to be in the woods while smoking or pre-game in your room then get crazy at a house party, you'll be fine. That being said, I've gotten away with some big parties in my 4 years, so just know your RA's strictness level and don't be rude to Public Safety!

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: You can be anywhere on campus at any time of day or night and feel completely safe. I've run around campus and through the Wheaton Woods at 3 AM and never felt unsafe. The smallness of the campus and consistent lighting helps with this. But like any campus, sometimes things happen, like townies trying to harass students from their cars (which quickly gets shut down by Public Safety). Sexual assault prevention efforts have ramped up the past few years and the administration has been really receptive to changes in their policies and listening to student's voices.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Wheaton can be the best place to earn an undergraduate degree if it fits with you. It's a beautiful, small campus with a bunch of wacky traditions and interesting people. You'll find professors hanging out in the dining hall and they're always willing to meet you in their office or for coffee in the Balfour cafe. The clubs are passionate about what they do, and the athletic teams work hard. It's an academically-focused school, and you will spend a lot of time doing homework and in class. The parties are small and there will be lots of people you know, which I really enjoy, and sometimes there's bands that perform in a theme house and students practice their DJ abilities. The surrounding area is dull, but Providence and Boston are so close if you take advantage of the MBTA line or have a car. I would absolutely pick Wheaton again. It fostered my confidence in myself and pushed my academic abilities, and though I feel ready to move on to graduate school I have loved all four years here.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: There is a lot expected from the athletes at Wheaton--there's no skipping class or slacking on homework because of your athletic schedule. The athletes work hard and play hard. The intramural clubs are also great places to try something new and meet new people. The frisbee team is really fun, and the girl's rugby team is one of the best in the North East. But we're a D3 school, and athletes play for the love of their game and scholarships. There's not much of a campus focus on games, but it can be a fun afternoon activity to see a soccer game on the new turf field.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are interesting, the campus is beautiful but the dining is poor.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Wheaton offers several options for internships and job opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing at Wheaton college is okay but it is slightly dirty.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The intramural clubs and the most popular compared to official teams.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far my experience has been okay and it is what you make it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe walking across campus at whatever time of the night or day by myself.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am very happy with my choice of school, I've met some amazing people and had so many unique and amazing experiences thus far, and I am very hopeful for the next 3 years until I graduate:)

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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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