Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

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Undergrad Christian Life

At Wheaton, you don’t have to settle.

Wheaton College is an explicitly Christian and academically rigorous liberal arts college and graduate school located just 25 miles west of Chicago. Established in 1860 by abolitionists, Wheaton is guided by its original mission to provide excellence in Christian higher education and offers more than 50 academic programs in various fields of study. With twin traditions of quality academics and deep faith along with a faculty composed of Christian thought leaders, the College is the standard-bearer for a world-class Christian liberal arts education. 

At Wheaton, you don’t have to settle. Your faith is a defining part of who you are, and cultivating your God-given talents through academic rigor is just as important to your college journey. Here, you can have both. In a community filled with expert, like-hearted professors and fellow students, you’ll engage in an unparalleled journey that integrates your faith and learning. 

You’ll deepen your faith through intellectual testing as you work with premier faculty who are true mentors and guides. Our one-of-a-kind core curriculum—Christ at the Core—is marked by academic excellence and grounded in the person of Jesus Christ and His truth as revealed in the Scriptures. Our enduring model offers students space to wrestle with timeless challenges and pursue biblically informed, thoughtful wisdom.

Wheaton is a grace-filled, Christ-centered community where reaching your God-given potential is never accomplished alone. We’ll challenge you even as we support your growth. But you can expect fun and joy here too. We live, lead, work, serve, and worship together as an educational community centered around Jesus, reflecting the beautiful diversity of his kingdom. You’ll have opportunities to express who you are, how you see the world, and where you witness God at work. Expect lasting friendships as you become a member of the Wheaton College family that spans the globe. 

ACCOLADES

 

Ranked #58 among the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” and #1 among Christian colleges | U.S. News & World Report, 2020

 

Ranked #25 among “Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges” | Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2019

 

Ranked #122 among “America’s Best Colleges” | Forbes, 2019

 

Ranked #16 among schools with the “Best Alumni Networks” | The Princeton Review

 

Ranked #6 among schools with the “Best Quality of Life” for students | The Princeton Review

Wheaton At A Glance

 Location: 80-acre campus in Wheaton, Illinois; 25 miles west of Chicago

• Academic Programs: 50+ majors, minors, pre-professional programs, and certificates in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, biblical and theological studies, ministry, and psychology, plus accelerated master’s programs and a graduate school with 18 master’s and doctoral degrees

• Students: 2,400 undergraduates and 500+ graduate students representing all 50 states, 90+ countries, and more than 55 religious denominations

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

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

• Financial aid: 88% of new first-year students receiving scholarships, grants, and/or loans; average freshman financial aid package of $29,000; students graduating with less debt and an extremely low default rate compared to the national average

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “These are my people because we share rich and deep friendships. We’re able to push and grow with one another to [reach] greater intimacy with our Lord and Savior, and that’s the reason behind such deep fellowship.”

    • LYNDI PORCH, JUNIOR
      Business/Economics
  • “I’m impressed by the terrific faculty—both their brilliance and their deep care for students.”

    • STEPHEN MCKAY, JUNIOR
      PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS; GOLDWATER SCHOLAR
  • “Last semester, my professor and I took a train to Chicago for a research seminar. I thought, ‘This is the most Wheaton thing ever.’ Just me and my professor, one-on-one, going to a conference in the city.”

    • AIDEN BUSCH, JUNIOR
      HISTORY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • “Wheaton is a crucible of people from different places, with different stories, building up one large family.”

    • NATHAN VARBERG
      JUNIOR MATHEMATICS
  • “In my internships and classes, I gained skills in public speaking, presentation, and problem-solving that now help me build relationships with customers.”

    • GRIFFIN WALKER ‘19
      PHYSICS, TECHNICAL SERVICES AT EPIC