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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Wheaton College will open its campus to students for the Fall 2020 semester with classes beginning as scheduled on August 26, adhering to Restore Illinois guidelines. We will follow a modified academic calendar this fall to maximize in-person academic and co-curricular experiences. Visits for prospective students may be scheduled on an individual basis and through virtual visit events. Learn More

  1. Academics
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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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501 College Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
From Wheaton College - Illinois

As you begin to search for the right college for you, start with what you believe. Your faith is a defining part of who you are, but cultivating your God-given talents through academic rigor is just as important for your college journey.
At Wheaton College, you don’t have to settle. You can have both. Ranked the #1 liberal arts college in Illinois by Niche and named “One of America’s foremost Christian Institutions” by The Economist, Wheaton is second to none in delivering a premier Christ-centered education that produces successful graduates.
With respected scholars and supportive faculty like ours, expect high standards and intellectual camaraderie in any and all programs that you experience during your four years here.
We integrate faith and learning into everything we do—and no matter where you are in your relationship with Christ, we’re committed to helping you explore and flourish as you pursue your academic, athletic, and artistic excellence.


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Wheaton College - Illinois Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 15
Acceptance Rate
83%
SAT Range
1210-1420
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,162/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$19,443/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
84%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
98%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.40 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.52 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses

Majors

Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) Program

Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) is an academic certificate program that integrates multidisciplinary coursework, a six-month internship, and whole-person formation through experiential learning. The program cultivates a life-orienting commitment to justice, intercultural humility, compassion, hospitality, environmental health, and peacemaking, actively reflected in lifestyle and vocation.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,326Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
75
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Christian
    52%
  • Dedicated
    15%
  • Culturally Christian
    9%
  • Determined
    9%
  • White
    9%
  • Intellectual
    3%
  • Ready for everything and anything
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
87%
of students say they don't have Greek life.45 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Hard working
    45%
  • Blessed
    21%
  • Rigorous
    12%
  • Sheltered
    9%
  • Elitist
    3%
  • Fast-paced
    3%
  • Home away from home
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $48,400/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    87%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    91%
    National
    83%
    88%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses

    Wheaton College - Illinois Reviews

    621 reviews
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    I am so grateful for choosing Wheaton. As a freshman, I already feel very at home here. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Wheaton has been extremely intentional about building community. Also, in my opinion, Wheaton has managed the COVID-19 situation very wisely. Statistically, there have been very few cases and no mass outbreaks on campus. It is a very friendly community with great opportunities for deep relationships with peers and faculty. The faculty care very much about their students. It is a very vibrant academic environment with a focused, analytical, and holistic approach to the liberal arts. Students are overall very academically motivated and genuinely enthused about their coursework. Faith and learning are truly integrated here in a beautiful way. The words “for Christ and His Kingdom” accurately describe life here. I highly recommend visiting!
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    I loved my Wheaton experience! My professors invested in me personally—prayed for me, welcomed me into their homes, and shared meals with me at SAGA—many are still my friends today. While my personal life during college was turbulent, the Wheaton community supported and cared for me in meaningful ways. I am so grateful, not only for the excellent education that I received at Wheaton, but also for the way that Wheaton shaped me as a follower of Christ.
    Wheaton College is the perfect place for you if you're a Christian who is interested in serious academics from a Christ-centered perspective! While it is quite expensive (not surprising, given that it's a private college), Wheaton offers many scholarships and grants to its students. I'm an out-of-state student and I have two-thirds of my tuition covered by Wheaton!