Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

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Undergrad Christian Life

We come from across the United States and around the world—bringing unique dreams and hopes, pasts and passions—to gather on a campus 25 miles west of Chicago. We’re drawn by a common faith. We’re bound together by a covenant. We’re devoted to a common cause: to discover more of what it means to truly live for Christ and His kingdom.

From the Abolitionist movement to the revivals of Billy Graham, Wheaton College has experienced more than 150 years of dynamic engagement in academics and culture. Wheaton’s history is marked by stories of great faith and learning and of the students who took their Wheaton education to influence the world “For Christ and His Kingdom.” Every day, we write the next chapter of that story. We immerse ourselves in science and literature, music and economics, art and philosophy. We encourage each other. We play and laugh together. We let God redeem us and redefine our lives by grace.

Whether you play the cello, throw a football, or just like to curl up in the corner with a book, there’s a place for you here. On Wheaton’s beautiful historic campus, you’ll be inspired. Within our community, you’ll find yourself encouraged. Go. Engage. Discover. From the influence of friends and professors around you, you almost can’t help but become more of the person God desires you to be.

If you think this sounds like a tall order—you are correct! It doesn’t just happen. So we get serious about growing in knowledge and discernment—pushing ourselves academically toward a higher end. That’s why we have a top-tier Science department and a nationally regarded Conservatory of Music. It’s why over 93% of our full-time faculty have a terminal degree, with every one of them teaching his or her own classes. And although we appreciate that U.S. News & World Report ranks us as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges annually, we don’t do this for the rankings.

We do all this because education is about relationships—relationships between disciplines, relationships with professors and peers, relationships with the world. Our relationship with God. Rigorous academics help us discover more of ourselves and how we work, more of who God is and how He works. The liberal arts are really the liberating arts. We become freer as we learn. Fuller. Maybe this multidisciplinary approach is why 99% of the Class of 2018 landed within six months of graduation compared to the national average of 84% in 2017 (NACE). 

To truly become new people, we integrate learning with the deepest thing about us: our faith. Yes, we sometimes have doubts, questions, and fears. But we tackle those together, in part through our learning. That way, everything we learn is colored by the beautiful prism of faith: science is the study of God’s creation, music and art tap into ancient disciplines of expression, and English gives us words of shared experience. We become new people not just because we’re learning, but because God is at work behind it all.

That aspect of faith—God behind it all—draws us out of ourselves. It makes us yearn to experience more of His kingdom. This is why over 1,000 Wheaton students volunteer through the Office of Christian Outreach each year, and others get plugged into local ministries, worship teams, and small groups. Scores of students travel abroad annually to serve. And that doesn’t count the dynamic chapels or prayer time in class as professors get to know more than your grades. 

It also doesn’t count the impromptu worship time with friends—with a guitar, over a cup of coffee—as we shape and inspire each other. You see, when we talk about faith, we can’t help but mention each other. And when we talk about each other, one word always comes up: grace. Grace to be yourself, to explore who you are through clubs and organizations, through ministries and missions, through relationships with friends and professors. Grace to be as you are yet also become more of who God wants you to be. 

A community of grace
We seek an environment characterized by God-honoring relationships. To foster this Christ-centered community, we strive to embody the values of unity and diversity, listening and communication, the nurturing of expertise and learning, and careful stewardship and accountability as defined and supported by the scripture.

We’ve found that when we’re challenged in the classroom, loved by others, and living in a community of grace, we can’t help but become more of who God wants us to be. 

In every facet of life, we seek to live the stories God wants us to live. We creatively express His image. Our athletes strive together every day, creating lasting bonds and finding great success along the way. Our musicians offer witness by mastering their craft and performing on campus, in Chicago, and around the world. Whether you’re interested in drama, visual arts, or macroeconomics or you just need to kick a soccer ball sometimes, there is space for you to grow and live out that aspect of your story. 

Plus, Chicago is less than an hour away, with events, ministry opportunities, internships, and just plain fun on virtually every block. 

But we don’t end there. If you would like to enjoy a more immersive experience, Wheaton in Chicago offers the opportunity to live and study for a semester in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Students also have the opportunity to study at HoneyRock, Wheaton College’s Outdoor Center for Leadership Development, and our Black Hills Science Station. Students study and serve abroad through our Global Programs and Studies (GPS) Initiative in many countries throughout the world.

This is who we are. We are a community of people who are fun-loving and faithful, living out the stories God has for us. We’ll carry the experiences here with us for life. Our alumni have gone on to study at the finest graduate schools in the nation. They’ve gone on to become senators, musicians, doctors, pastors, and scientists. They have followed wherever God has led.

We’d love to get to know you and welcome you as you are! To come for a campus visit or an overnight stay at one of our Wheaton Connection overnight visit events, check out wheaton.edu/visit. To apply for admission, including via the Common App, head to wheaton.edu/apply


Wheaton College Profile

Location: 25 miles west of Chicago on a historic and beautiful 80-acre campus in Wheaton, Illinois

Enrollment: Approximately 2,400 undergraduates and 500+ graduate students representing all 50 states, 90+ countries, and more than 55 denominations; 56% female, 44% male; 27% of students are American ethnic minorities.

Student-faculty ratio: 10:1; 63.2% of classes have fewer than 20 students.

Academic majors: Over 40 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, including six in the Conservatory of Music

Degrees offered: BA, BM, BME, BS; 18 programs in the Graduate School

Study abroad: Over 65 programs in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America; service and research internships in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia

Extracurricular offerings: Over 60 student clubs and organizations, 45 Christian ministry opportunities, and 21 NCAA Division III varsity sports

Financial aid: For the 2018–2019 school year, $34+ million in grants and scholarships were awarded, and $9.4 million in loans were offered; 72% of undergraduate students received scholarships and grants; and 21% of enrolled full-time students were Pell Grant recipients.

Freshman profile: Middle 50% test score ranges for enrolled students: 27–32 ACT and 1220–1420 SAT; average high school GPA of 3.7

Distinguishing Facts About Wheaton
• Wheaton’s Conservatory of Music has moved into the new 80,000-sq. ft. Armerding Center for Music and the Arts in the center of campus, with a recital hall, a choral rehearsal hall, a recording hall, and recording studios. A 648-seat concert hall will open in 2020.

• The state-of-the-art Meyer Science Center boasts 28 teaching labs; a unique, interactive atrium museum with Foucault pendulum; and an astronomical observatory.

• Forbes ranks Wheaton:
#112 for “America’s Best Colleges”
#285 for “Best Value Colleges”
#86 for “Private Colleges”
#44 for “Liberal Arts Colleges”
#17 for “Best in the Midwest”

• In Colleges That Change Lives, Loren Pope commends Wheaton for “its concern with good moral compasses and strong value systems” and “its impressive record of producing contributors to society.”

Kiplinger’s ranked Wheaton 45th out of 450 in the “Best Value Colleges” list and 25th out of 100 for “Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges.” Kiplinger’s rankings measure academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for over half the total.

• The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges 2019 ranks Wheaton #18 for “Best Quality of Life,” #20 for “Professors Get High Marks,” #20 for “Best Campus Food,” #14 for “Impact Schools,” #22 for “Best Alumni Network,” and #15 for “Happiest Students.”

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