Wheaton College

Norton, MA

Wheaton College

Norton, MA

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Wheaton is a private, four-year, residential college in Norton, Massachusetts that consistently ranks among the nation’s best.

Offering more than 100 career-connected majors and minors, Wheaton provides guaranteed access to internship funding along with a highly personalized education in the liberal arts and sciences. The college’s innovative Compass curriculum encourages students to find a path that fits their interests and goals, with close mentorship to help guide that passion to career success.

Located halfway between Boston and Providence, Wheaton draws students and expert faculty from around the world. The college currently enrolls approximately 1700 students, representing 40 states and more than 60 countries. Nearly one third of Wheaton students participate in the college’s 21 NCAA Division III athletic teams, as well as one of the world’s oldest-running synchronized swimming programs and more than a dozen club and intramural sports. The college’s living-learning environment, where 96% of students live on campus, consists of more than 100+ student organizations.

Wheaton offers more than 600 courses leading to a bachelor of arts degree in more than 100 majors and minors. Recent additions include the popular business and management and film and new media studies programs, new public health majors, and a digital humanities minor. Wheaton’s academic program is coupled with The Wheaton Edge, a four-year immersive personal and professional development experience designed to lead to graduates’ success. The program builds upon the college’s rich tradition of blending liberal arts and sciences with co-curricular leadership by guaranteeing that all students will have a funded internship, research position or other experiential learning opportunity. The college invests more than $1.2 million per year to support these internships, much of which is funded by donors.

ACCOLADES

THE WSJ Badge

#50 Best U.S. Liberal Arts College | Times Higher Education and Wall Street Journal

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#53 Best Value Liberal Arts College and #84 overall | U.S. News and World Report

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#84 Best Liberal Arts College and #96 Best College for Film and New Media | Niche

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#87 Best Value College | Kiplinger

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#11 Best Makerspace | Great Value Colleges

Compass curriculum

With minimal requirements, Wheaton’s Compass curriculum gives students the freedom and flexibility to create their own path to success, with personalized advising and professional mentorship. The curriculum encourages students to connect academics to career interests and builds on Wheaton’s core principles of intellectual curiosity, global citizenship, experiential learning, social justice, diversity and inclusion, and collaborative community. Taught by faculty teams, the only required course called the First-Year Experience combines the deep discussions, reading and writing of a traditional first-year seminar with cross-discipline discovery, encouraging students to consider complex problems and questions through multiple lenses, right from the start.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I was looking for a small school that would give me the resources and attention I needed to learn as much as possible and get connected to a strong network. My professors, advisors and the staff on campus bring a willingness to invest in students both academically and professionally.”

    • Daniel Alexandre
      Music major
  • “I knew I needed to find a school that would suit my needs as an individual while also putting the financial backing into their students. After visiting 13 other colleges in New England, I knew Wheaton was the one. The care I felt from all departments and faculty, as well as the beautiful, homey feeling, really solidified my love for the school.”

    • Angela Hyde
      Creative Writing major
  • “I believe that a rigorous liberal arts education will prepare me for public advocacy and the political work that I want to pursue in the near future. Wheaton offered a tight-knit community, generous financial aid and interesting classes and programs for both my majors.”

    • Chrystal Campbell
      double major in Political Science and African, African American, Diaspora Studies
  • “Since my first semester, I have been a student employee in the Office of Student Financial Services. Working at SFS has given me opportunities to both earn money for school and learn valuable skills I can use in my work life after Wheaton.”

    • Ben Gagnon
      Political Science major