Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

Wheaton, founded in 1860, is a liberal arts college with religious orientation. Its 80-acre campus is located in Wheaton, a residential suburb 25 miles west of Chicago.

Website: www.wheaton.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,391
Undergraduate
Students
(54.1%) 1,294 Women
(45.9%) 1,097 Men
509
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
85% of 1,693 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 10

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.72
SAT Math
648 average
600-690 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
675 average
630-720 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29 average
27-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$49,300
Tuition and Fees
$36,420
Room and Board
$10,180
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Freshman Award
$27,369
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,543
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
222
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 42% of classes
20-29 students: 17% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Wheaton Population
53,648
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
89% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Thunder
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.1% Asian
2.8% Black/African-American
5.8% Hispanic/Latino
4.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.1% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students
2.9% from 40 countries
First-Year Students Returning
93.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
80.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
21.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 3 4
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 10
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for placement
ACT: Used for placement

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
501 College Avenue
City, State, Zip
Wheaton, IL 60187-5593
Phone
(630) 752-5011
Fax
(630) 752-5285
E-mail
admissions@wheaton.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 10
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 31

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
85% of 1,693 applicants were admitted
Women
84% of 1,019 applicants were admitted
Men
86% of 674 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
621 (43%) of 1,439 admitted students enrolled
Women
348 (41%) of 859 admitted students enrolled
Men
273 (47%) of 580 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
81% of 981 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
184
Students Accepting Wait List Position
28
Students Admitted From Wait List
15

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.72
3.75 and Above
55%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
648 average
600-690 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
25%
Score of 600 - 700
53%
Score of 500 - 600
20%
Score of 400 - 500
3%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
675 average
630-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
42%
Score of 600 - 700
48%
Score of 500 - 600
9%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
27-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
48%
Score of 24 - 29
45%
Score of 18 - 23
7%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 47%
Top quarter: 73%
Top half: 93%
National Merit Scholar
2%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$49,300
Tuition and Fees
$36,420
Room and Board
$10,180
Books and Supplies
$800
Other Expenses
$1,900
Payment Plans
Installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline December 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning January 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001781
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
432 (74.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
344 (79.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
344 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
63 (18.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$27,369
Need-Based Gift
Received by 344 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $23,361
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 260 (75.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,176
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 98 (28.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
129 (22.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,995

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,468 (63.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,294 (88.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,284 (99.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
282 (22.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$25,883
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,275 (99.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,171
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 997 (77.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,560
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 351 (27.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
532 (23.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $7,358

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
57%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,543
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
7.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
1,243
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Music
Number of Awards
183
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
102
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Public Servants, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Relatives of Clergy, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
265
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,374
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Computer Science
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religious Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Business/marketing, English, Visual and performing arts
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, nursing
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
222
Part-Time Faculty
99
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
66%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 42% of classes
20-29 students: 17% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 48% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 31% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
751,958
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
325
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Archaeology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education--General
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Missions and Missiology
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Psychology--General
  • Religious Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Theology

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Psychology

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Archaeology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Psychology--General
  • Theology

Location and Setting


Wheaton Population
53,648
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Campus Size
80 acres

Weather

Temperature
12.9 average low in January, 79.6 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
25 mile(s) from campus in Chicago
Nearest Train Station
25 mile(s) from campus in Chicago

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
89% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
11%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Thunder
School Colors
Orange and blue

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading, crew, lacrosse
Men's Club Sports
crew, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, discipleship small groups, intramurals, club sports, christian service council, new student orientation
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,391
Women
1,294 (54.1%)
Men
1,097 (45.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,310
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.1% Asian
2.8% Black/African-American
5.8% Hispanic/Latino
4.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.1% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students.
2.9% from 40 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
509

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
93.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
80.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
87.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
88.9%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
21.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 0.8%
Engineering 0.3%
Law 1.6%
Theology 3.7%
Dentistry 0.5%
Arts and Sciences 8.2%
Medicine 5.6%
Education 4.5%
Other 2.4%

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