e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

June 2016


From the President

Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Dear Parents,

After graduation, the energy at Wheaton shifts as we make needed physical improvements to residence halls and campus sidewalks. This summer we will also begin to remodel the former Armerding Science Hall (built in 1970) to house the Conservatory of Music. So while we feel the absence of our students keenly, there is plenty of activity on campus.

The summer months afford students, faculty and staff time to reflect on the previous academic year and to anticipate the fall. My summer plans include a Presidents’ Conference at Oxford University (England) featuring an interdisciplinary research seminar in science and religion for 25 faculty members from across the globe. Wheaton Psychology Professor William Struthers has been selected to present a paper on the inter-relationship of the Christian faith with psychology and neuroscience.

As both President and a Wheaton parent, I look forward to meeting many of you in August. I understand the bittersweet joy of moving your student into a new residence on campus. We honor the faithful investment you have made in nurturing your son or daughter for Christ and His Kingdom, and with great joy anticipate partnering with you.

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College


Welcome New Parents!

Sign: Welcome to parents for parent orientationThe Parent Engagement office at Wheaton College looks forward to welcoming you and your student to campus this August. Be watching for a bright orange and blue packet arriving in your mailbox in the next few weeks. In it you will find answers to many of the questions you might be asking about New Parent Orientation, August 18-20, 2016. You can also access information about New Student and Parent Orientation, preview a schedule of events, and find tips for assisting your student's move to Wheaton.

Throughout the year, the Parent Engagement office is here to support you as you get to know Wheaton's campus and launch your son or daughter into student life. This newsletter is just one of many resources available on the Parent Engagement page of the College website.

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for Family Weekend on November 11-12, 2016. Family Weekend offers a great opportunity for you to meet your son’s or daughter's friends and to experience a little bit of student life at Wheaton. 


Course Registration for Incoming Students 

For Freshmen

On June 3, the Registrar’s office sent an email to students' personal email accounts regarding an upcoming Freshman Questionnaire. This questionnaire will be used to assign advisors and must be completed prior to registration. In mid-June, students will receive an email with a link to the Freshman Questionnaire at their wheaton.edu account, and registration times will be assigned in the order that the questionnaires are completed.

Later this month, students will receive a packet in the mail containing specific registration information.  A Freshman Course Guide, which includes descriptions of majors offered, introductory courses, and a step-by-step guide for walking through the online registration process will be included in the packet. Online registration for freshmen will take place July 6-29.

All information that is mailed to freshmen will also be available on the Freshman Advising webpage.

If you or your student have any questions about registration after reading through the packet, contact Kelly Tuzzolino at 630-752-7373 or Freshman.Advising@wheaton.edu.

For Transfers

Registration for transfer students will begin on June 15. Students are encouraged to complete their registration prior to July 6.

For All Incoming Students

During Orientation, students will have an opportunity to meet with their academic advisors to go over their course selections and to make any necessary changes.

Important: Incoming students should have received information from Admissions on setting up a Wheaton email account.  Students should be sure to set up their personal accounts promptly, as all future communication regarding registration will be sent to their campus email address.

Wheaton Passage

HoneyRock canoersThe transition to college comes with a myriad of changes for students, parents and families. Wheaton Passage is a 2-credit introductory course that utilizes small group experiences, upperclassman student leaders, and faculty mentors to assist students in their transition to life at Wheaton College. 

Wheaton Passage offers incoming students the opportunity to:

  • build supportive peer friendships and faculty relationships
  • establish realistic expectations for their time at Wheaton College
  • develop a vision for spiritual formation

Passage has been a part of Wheaton for over 45 years and continues to provide significant experiences for Wheaton College students. To learn more about this unique opportunity, visit our Passage website


Student Health Services Information

Be sure to check out this New Student Parent Letter from our Student Health Services team for important information regarding health insurance, health services that are available to your student, and Wheaton College entrance requirements.


Join us in New Zealand and Australia

Ayers Rock in AustraliaParents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, join alumni, parents, and friends of Wheaton for an unforgettable journey through New Zealand and Australia October 22 through November 6, 2016.  Space is limited and we would love to have you travel with us!


The Wheaton Fund

Wheaton College ends its fiscal year on June 30th, and with that comes the close of another year of faithful support for the Wheaton Fund from alumni, friends, and parents like you.  Thank you to all of you who gave to the Wheaton Fund this year. Your support truly has an immediate impact on the affordability and excellence of each student’s experience.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to give to the Wheaton Fund (or if you’d like to give again), there’s still time! Make a gift by June 30th and help meet our remaining need for the year.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for new students and their families as they prepare to join the Wheaton community this fall.
  • Pray for those faculty and students who are spending the summer months studying and/or serving throughout the world. 
  • Pray for administrators to find rest and refreshment during these summer months.
  • Pray for alumni as they seek to live ". . . for Christ and His Kingdom."

With thanks for your involvement and prayers,

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team

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