- The 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Wheaton College in its list of 41 Best Buy colleges and universities, based on academic quality in relation to the cost of attendance.
- Kiplinger's rates Wheaton 35th for 100 Best Values in Private Colleges 2012-2013. Kiplinger's rankings measure academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total.
- Wheaton is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The College is featured in The Best 377 Colleges, 2013 guide.
- The 2013 U.S. News & World Report ranks Wheaton 56 out of more than 260 National Liberal Arts Colleges.
- The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2013 observes, “Wheaton students… deeply value the way Wheaton has shaped them intellectually and spiritually.”
- Colleges that Change Lives includes Wheaton in its select list of 40 schools.
- Forbes magazine ranks Wheaton 99th in their annual list of 650 best undergraduate institutions.
- Wheaton is listed in The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges 2012 as one of the top 100 Best College Values. The list highlights American colleges with the best value, based on academic quality, offerings and financial aid programs.
- Approximately 2,500 undergraduates, 525 graduate students
- 51% female, 49% male
- 17% of all degree seeking students are American ethnic minority students; an additional 3% are non-resident aliens. 7% of degree seeking students are MK (Missionary Kids) or TCK (Third Culture Kids)
- From 50 states, 42 countries and 55+ church denominations
- Full time: 197, Part time: 86
- 96% of full-time faculty hold earned doctorates or other terminal degree
- 19 endowed faculty chairs, allowing +9% of permanent faculty to hold endowed professorships
- 12:1 Student Faculty Ratio
- Undergraduate tuition: $30,120; room and board: $8,560
- Graduate: $715 per credit hour, $910 for Psy.D. students, $875 for Ph.D. students
- More than $20 million in scholarships and grants is awarded annually to students
- Federal Pell grants, FSEOG, state, and institutional grants and scholarships are available.
- For 2011-12 school year, 21% of enrolled, full-time students were Pell Grant recipients
- 66% of undergraduate students received scholarships and grants.
- 64% of undergraduates were offered loans; about 49% accepted
- Music, ROTC, and multicultural student scholarships are available.
- The 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges names Wheaton College as a Best Buy school.
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- Early action deadline: November 1, with notification by December 31
- Regular Action deadline: January 10, with notification by April 1
- Conservatory deadline: January 10, with notification by April 1
- Fall Transfer deadline: March 1
- Spring Transfer deadline: October 1
Freshman (Class of 2016) Profile
- 598 enrolled, including 25 National Merit Finalists
- Average high school GPA 3.7 (unweighted scale)
- 58% graduated in top 10% of their high school class
- 84% graduated in the top 25% in high school
- 79% are expected to graduate in four years
- 118 are children of alumni
- 95% are expected to return their sophomore year
- Middle 50% scored between 1230 and 1410 on the Critical Reasoning and Math portions of the SAT, and between 27 and 32 on the ACT
Wheaton College is intentionally residential for undergraduates. Approximately 88% of students live on campus. Two underclass residence halls house first and second year students. Williston Hall houses only second year students. McManis-Evans houses second, third, and fourth year students. Third and fourth year students may apply to live in one of 16 college-owned apartment buildings or in one of the 16 college-owned houses. Undergraduates may live off campus if living with parents, spouse, or enrolled part-time. Off-Campus permission is granted through the housing selection process in the spring. Limited graduate housing is available to single students and international married students.
Arts & Sciences | B.A., B.S.
*signifies most enrolled majors
Applied Health Science *
Biblical & Theological Studies
Christian Education & Ministry
Engineering (Dual Degree)
Music (6 majors, see Conservatory information)
Nursing (Liberal Arts)
Secondary Education (2nd major only)
Conservatory of Music | B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed.
- Music with Elective Studies in an Outside Field
- Music with Emphasis in a Music-Related Field
- Adventure Leadership Ministry
- Christian Spirituality
- Early Christian Studies
- Gender Studies
- HNGR - Human Needs and Global Resources (Development Studies)
- Military Science
- Urban Studies
- Youth Ministry
Master of Arts Degrees | M.A., M.A.T.
- Biblical Archaeology
- Biblical Exegesis
- Biblical Studies
- Christian Formation & Ministry
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Counseling Ministries
- Evangelism and Leadership
- History of Christianity
- Intercultural Studies
- Intercultural Studies & TESOL
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Missional Church Movements
- Teaching, Elementary or Secondary
Doctoral Degrees | Ph.D., Psy. D.
- Philosophy in Biblical & Theological Studies
- Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
- Archaeological Excavation in Israel
- HNGR - Human Needs and Global Resources
- International internship opportunities
- Marine Biology in Belize
- Pre-Health Professions
- Pre-Law Program
- Science Station
- Wheaton in Chicago
- Wheaton in Costa Rica
- Wheaton in England
- Wheaton in France
- Wheaton in Germany
- Wheaton in the Holy Lands
Accreditation and Certifications
- Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- American Psychological Association
- American Chemical Society Certified
- Two 16-week semesters
- Two 4-week summer sessions
More Than A Classroom - Student Activities
- Student Government
- Leadership development opportunities
- College Union
- The Record student newspaper
- Kodon literary magazine
- Tower yearbook
- Gospel Choir
- Intercollegiate speech and debate competition
- Theater productions
- Multicultural and international groups
- Departmental and pre-professional study groups
- Orientation, Homecoming and Family Weekend planning committees
- Intramural sports
Conservatory Music Organizations
- Concert Choir
- Jazz Ensemble
- Men's Glee Club
- Opera Music Theater
- Percussion Ensemble
- Symphonic Band
- Symphony Orchestra
- Women's Chorale
- Breakaway Ministries
- Christian Service Council (22 local ministries)
- Global Urban Perspectives
- Missions in Focus
- Student Ministry Partners
- World Christian Fellowship
- Youth Hostel Ministry
- Wheaton offers men and women intercollegiate participation in 21 different sports as a member of NCAA Division III.
- Wheaton teams have won more than 50 titles over the past seven years in 11 different sports. 150+ students have earned All-American recognition and 45+ have been recognized as Academic All-Americans.
- Wheaton is a charter member of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). CCIW schools have accounted for 45 NCAA national championships, including for Wheaton College a basketball title, three women’s soccer championships, and two men’s soccer titles.
- Over the past five seasons, Wheaton has been nationally ranked in: football; men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s cross country; women’s golf, and women’s tennis.
- The women’s soccer team won the 2004, 2006, and 2007 NCAA Division III Championships. Women’s soccer has made five NCAA Final Four appearances (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011). Head coach Pete Felske was named national “Coach of the Year” in 2004, 2006, and 2007.
- The Wheaton football team has been ranked in Division III’s Top 25 for the past 10 years. Wheaton won CCIW championships in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006, with a league-best six NCAA-III Playoff appearances since 2000 including National Semifinalist recognition in 2008.
Division III Competition
Indoor & Outdoor Track
Indoor & Outdoor Track
Tae Kwon Do
40% of students participate in intramural sports.
Known for the quality of its academic offerings, Wheaton College continues to enroll strong, distinctively Christian students. We look at the whole student to assess the quality of the application. This includes evaluating the following:
- Quality of course selection
- Performance in high school/college
- Rank in class
- ACT and/or SAT
- Extracurricular activities
- Christian commitment (necessary for admission)
Placement six months after graduation
- 70% employed
- 20% graduate school
- 3% military
- 7% other
1,500 business leaders, 540 government & foreign service professionals, 2,800 in medicine, 375 in science and research, 14 college presidents or provosts, 3,600+ in ministry and evangelism worldwide, 550 in the arts, plus, more than 5,000 teachers, 560 attorneys and 2,300 in business and commerce.
General number: 630.752.5000
Financial Aid: 800.362.2674
Media Relations: 630.752.5015
Ticket and Information Office: 630.752.5010
Undergraduate Admissions: 630.752.5005
(Out of state): 800.222.2419
Graduate Admissions: 630.752.5195
(Out of state): 800.888.0141
501 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187-5593
Wheaton College is located in suburban Wheaton, a residential community 25 miles west of downtown Chicago, with easy access to the city, and O'Hare and Midway International Airports.