Wheaton College

501 College Ave, Wheaton, United States
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Overview of Wheaton College

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,391
    • Men:1,097 (45.9%)
    • Women:1,294 (54.1%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Wheaton College is 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

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
4
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
3
4
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
January 10
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Considered if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Used for placement ACT: Used for placement

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
501 College Avenue
City, State, Zip
Wheaton, IL  60187-5593
Phone
(630) 752-5011
Fax
(630) 752-5285
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


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


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.72
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $36,420 (73.87423935091277%)
  • Room & Board: - $10,180 (20.649087221095336%)
  • Other Expences: - $800 (1.6227180527383367%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,900 (3.8539553752535496%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Wheaton College accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline December 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning January 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001781
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


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 with Loans
57%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$27,543
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
7.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
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
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Music
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership, Religious Involvement
Special Characteristics
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

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,374

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
50-59
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
751,958

Computing


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Wheaton College provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


93.4%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


80.2%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


87.6%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


88.9%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (38)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Social sciences, Business/marketing, English, Visual and performing arts

Online Degrees


Engineering, nursing

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study (14)


  • 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

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


53,648

Nearest Metropolitan Area


80 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Chicago

Weather


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

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
25 mile(s) from campus in Chicago
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 of College Housing


89% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through senior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


11%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


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

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Wheaton College offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


2,310

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,391
Women
1,294
Men
1,097

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

Number of Graduate Students


509

Student Resources

Study resources