Wheaton College [IL]

Flowers bloom in front of the Wheaton College campus sign

“Wheaton is often called the Harvard of the evangelicals, but that moniker does not do it justice because it is head, shoulders, and heart above Harvard in its concern with good moral compasses and strong value systems, as well as in the percentage of future Ph.D.s it has turned out.
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Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
⋅ Approximately 2,400 undergraduate students
⋅ First-year retention: 95%; 4-year graduation rate: 81% (6-year graduation rate: 91%)
⋅ Students are from all 50 states, over 90 countries and over 55+ church denominations.
⋅ Most enrolled majors: Business/Economics, Applied Health Science, English, Music, and Biology
⋅ Student Ratio – 56% female, 44% male
⋅ 23% American ethnic minority, 3% non-resident alien, 5% MK, 4% TCK
⋅ Tuition: $37,300
⋅ Room and Board: $10,630
U.S. News & World Report 2019 ranks Wheaton #61 out of more than 240 National Liberal Arts Colleges, and #78 for Best Value Schools. Wheaton is the top distinctively Christian institution on the list.
⋅ Wheaton is committed to providing the necessary need-based financial assistance so that students can attend. Last year’s awards included over $34 million in grants and scholarships and over $9 million in loans. Kiplinger’s rates Wheaton 25th on its list of Best Liberal Arts Colleges 2019 and is ranked 45th among all colleges. Seventy-seven percent of students graduating from Wheaton received some form of financial aid, with an average indebtedness of $27,400.

Wheaton College students study together on the lawn

A Wheaton College student plays the violin

A Wheaton College student paints in an art studio

The Wheaton College football team huddles with the coach

Wheaton College students walk across campus on a spring day

  • Established in 1860 as a co-ed institution, Wheaton is a private, four-year, residential, and interdenominational Christian college.
  • National liberal arts college, located 25 miles west of Chicago
  • Wheaton College serves Jesus Christ and advances His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide. This mission expresses our commitment to do all things “For Christ and His Kingdom.”

Worth Noting
  • Wheaton is consistently ranked as one of America’s top 100 National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The Princeton Review’s The Best 382 Colleges states, “Wheaton College, ‘a strong Christian institution,’ located near Chicago, has become one of the ‘most prestigious and academically rigorous among Christian colleges in the United States.'”
  • Wheaton is consistently ranked one of the top 20 campus dining experiences in the United States. The Princeton Review 2019 also ranks Wheaton #18 for Quality of Life.
  • No matter what profession they have chosen to pursue, Wheaton graduates strive to make a difference. Notable alumni include Billy Graham ’43, Evangelist; and John Nelson ’63, music director, L’Esemble Orchestra de Paris; Todd Kormanicki ’97, producer of Elf and screenwriter of the film Sully; and Wheaton College Conservatory of Music graduate Will Liverman ’10, who is making significant debuts at opera houses across the world.

Faculty & Academics
  • 222 full-time faculty, 130 part-time faculty
  • 93% of full-time faculty hold a doctorate or other terminal degree
  • 100% teach their own classes
  • 10:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • 43 undergraduate degrees including 6 in the Conservatory of Music, 9 undergraduate certificates, and 9 pre-professional programs
  • 16 Master of Arts degrees and two doctoral degrees

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Adventure Leadership Ministry (Certificate)
Modern and Classical Languages – Greek, Latin, Hebrew
Applied Health Science
Archeology (Biblical)
Biblical and Theological Studies
Business / Economics
Christian Formation and Ministry
Christian Formation and Ministry (Certificate)
Computer Science
Development in the Global South (Human Needs and Global Resources Certificate)
Early Christian Studies (Certificate)
Education (Elementary, Secondary, Special Education)
Engineering (3/2 Dual Degree)
Environmental Science
Gender Studies (Certificate)
German Studies
History / Social Science (Secondary Education)
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Relations
Journalism (Certificate)
Military Science ROTC (Certificate)
Music Composition
Music Education
Music History / Literature
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance
Music with Elective Studies in a Music-Related or Outside Field
Neuroscience (Certificate)
Political Science
Pre-Engineering 3-2
Pre-Health Professions
Pre-Nursing 3-2
Race and Reconciliation (Certificate)
Secondary Education (second major only)
Urban Studies
Youth Ministry (Certificate)

Campus Life
  • Over 60 clubs and organizations, including College Union, Discipleship Small Groups, The Record newspaper, Student Government, Gospel Choir, Unidad Christiana, Mu Kappa, Earthkeepers Club, and Residence Hall Councils.
  • 21 NCAA Division III varsity athletic teams, 10 club sports, and numerous intramural sports (40% of students participate in intramurals)
  • 40+ local, national and international ministry opportunities through the Office of Christian Outreach
  • Chapel attendance required three times per week
  • Approximately 88% of students live on campus.
  • Wheaton athletic teams have won more than 50 titles over the past ten years in 13 different sports. 350+ students have earned All-American recognition and 80+ have been recognized as Academic All-Americans.

Varsity Sports

21 varsity teams in the NCAA Division III, College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), including:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Football (Men)
Softball (Women)
Track and Field
Volleyball (Women)
Wrestling (Men)

Life After College
  • Wheaton has been faithful to its original precepts, and its legacy is shown in the lives of its graduates. Many distinguished graduate schools currently enroll Wheaton graduates in the dramatic arts, education, law, medicine, music, philosophy, science, and sociology. These include Notre Dame, Princeton, SMU, Yale, and the Universities of Chicago and Missouri–Kansas City; several of the Big Ten music schools; and the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard. Wheaton alumni also excel in a wealth of endeavors around the world, with many holding positions in business and finance, government and foreign service, teaching, ministry, law, medicine, and the arts. Wheaton graduates actively contribute to their communities and churches, and no matter what position they hold, they strive to make a difference in the world around them.
  • Wheaton offers a rich, life-changing education, with graduates trained for life, not just jobs. Even so, Wheaton students are well-prepared for the job force. Six months after graduation there is 1% unemployment for our grads with approximately 26-28% of our students going on to graduate school right after graduation. Five years after graduation there is less than 1% unemployment, and that low rate continues at ten years after graduation.
  • Our students are taught to think, reason, and express themselves effectively. They should be able to attain knowledge and measure it against the truth of God’s word, understand the importance of service and value faith that embraces both right belief and right action. Developing strong, life-long relationships — with classmates, professors, and Jesus Christ — is a priority. Graduates are well-positioned for whatever they want to pursue and prepared to face the challenges of life. The Wheaton experience is distinctive, and living and learning at Wheaton is extraordinary.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Yearly Goal: Approximately 610
  • Average GPA: 3.7
  • Middle 50% composite SAT scores: 1220-1420
  • Middle 50% ACT scores: 27-32
  • Average number of National Merit Finalists in a class: 12
  • 77% graduated in the top 25% of their class.