Wheaton Connection. It's a chance to attend classes. To stroll through campus. To discover residence life. To meet the people who define Wheaton.
Opening Night begins at 4:00 pm. After registering, you'll meet some of our faculty and have the opportunity to tour campus. Later you'll have pizza with Wheaton students and then stay overnight in a dorm.
Connection Day starts at 8:00am. Morning arrivals register, then there's breakfast and a chance to meet some administrators. After that, you get to experience community at chapel, enjoy our top-ranked food for lunch, and visit a class. Naturally, there are financial aid and admissions presentations, but also a "Community Life at Wheaton" student panel. Scheduled programming concludes around 3:15 pm, but there are optional activities if you'd like to extend your visit through the afternoon.
If you're interested in the natural sciences, there will be a presentation in our new Science Center. And if you want to study or participate in music, you may attend a Conservatory of Music session and ensemble rehearsals.
The fee for each student is $30, which covers participation and two meals for the student and one meal for parents and siblings. Overnight housing in the dorms is available for visiting students and is guaranteed before the housing deadline.
As a thank you for attending Wheaton Connection, all registered students will have their online application fee waived (a $50 value), allowing them to apply to Wheaton for free. Juniors will receive the fee waiver code in July of the following summer, for next year's application.
We hope to see you at Connection this year!
2016-2017 Connection Dates
| Connection Program
||Housing Registration Deadline
| September 22-23, 2016
| September 15, 2016
| October 27-28, 2016
| October 20, 2016
| March 23-24, 2017*
| March 16, 2017
| April 20-21, 2017*
| April 13, 2017
*Juniors and accepted seniors only
Wheaton Connection Events
See a full schedule of events here.
(Subject to change)
A time for students and parents to meet with faculty from different departments
- Campus tour
- Pizza party for students
- Overnight housing for students in dorms
- Meals in our award-winning dining hall
- An opening session from Wheaton’s administration
- An information session from our Admissions Department (for juniors)
- A presentation from our Center for Vocation and Career (for seniors - Spring only)
- A presentation from our Bible and Theology Department
- A presentation from our Financial Aid Department
- A time to ask questions and hear from a panel of Wheaton students
- Chapel Service
- Class Visits
- An information session and tour of our new Science Center (for those interested in the natural sciences)
- An information session from our Conservatory of Music (for those interested in music)
- Opportunities to visit our campus museums
There are two ways to register for Connection:
- Register by mail: Send the Connection registration card (PDF) along with a check for your $30 registration fee, payable to Wheaton College, to:
- Wheaton College Admissions
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Detailed confirmation materials will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration card and $30 registration fee.
Please note that if your plans change, full refunds are available until the registration deadline date listed above for each corresponding Connection date.
If you are traveling by plane, we recommend either renting a car or contacting a taxi company for transportation to and from the airport.
Because we can provide housing for one night only, please make arrangements if you need to arrive early or stay late. We're only able to accommodate high school juniors and seniors in the residence halls. Any other prospective students, parents and family members who plan to attend will need to arrange for their own housing.
Students staying overnight in a residence hall will need a sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, and an alarm clock. We suggest bringing several layers of comfortable clothing, walking shoes, and an umbrella. You may also want to bring spending money for the bookstore and dinner on Thursday night.
Parking will be available in the East Billy Graham Center and Edman Chapel lots. View a campus map.
Although interviews are an optional part of the application process, we are unable to conduct admissions interviews during Wheaton Connections. On-campus or telephone interviews for alternate dates may be scheduled by calling (800) 222-2419 ext. 2.