Wheaton College [IL]

Students walking across the Wheaton College campus

“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 40 countries and over 55+ church denominations
⋅ Most enrolled majors: Applied Health Science, Business/Economics, Communication, English, Psychology
⋅ Student Ratio: 55% female, 45% male
⋅ 24% American ethnic minority, 4% non-resident alien, 6% MK, 4% TCK
⋅ Tuition: $40,570
⋅ Room and Board: $11,100
⋅ U.S. News and World Report 2020 ranks #65 for Best Value Schools. Wheaton is the top distinctively Christian institution on the list.
⋅ Wheaton is committed to providing affordable excellence. During the 2020-2021 school year, over $33 million given in scholarships and grants with 83% of the student population receiving aid.

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

  • Wheaton College is the quintessential Christian Liberal Arts college, the academic home for globally diverse, intellectually ambitious, deeply faithful Christians who want comprehensive world-class quality in an environment of curiosity, conviction, and community.
  • Located 25 miles west of Chicago, Illinois.
  • Established in 1860 as a co-ed institution, Wheaton is a private, four-year, residential, and interdenominational Christian college.

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
  • 219 full-time faculty, 129 part-time faculty.
  • 95% of full-time faculty hold earned doctorates or other terminal degree.
  • 48 undergraduate degrees, including 7 in the Conservatory of Music and 18 undergraduate certificates.
  • 18 Master of Arts degrees and two doctoral degrees.

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

Applied Health Science
Art (with 4 concentrations)
Biblical Archaeology
Biblical & Theological Studies
Chemistry (with 3 concentrations)
Chinese Language and Culture
Christian Formation & Ministry
Classical Languages (with 9 integrations)
Communication (with 4 concentrations)
Computer Science
Elementary Education (grades 1-6)
Engineering (Dual Degree)
English (with 3 concentrations: Literature, Teaching, Writing)
Environmental Science
Geology (B.A. or B.S.)
German Studies
History/Social Science
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Relations
Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Mathematics (with 4 concentrations)
Music (B.A.)
Nursing (Liberal Arts)
Philosophy (with 18 integrations)
Philosophy and Africana Studies
Philosophy and Art History
Physics (B.A. or B.S.)
Political Science
Secondary Education
Teaching (Elementary or Secondary, MAT)
Urban Studies

Campus Life
  • Over 90 clubs and organizations, including College Union, Discipleship Small Groups, Mock Trial, Club and Intramural Sports, Symphony Orchestra, Chinese Culture Club, Mu Kappa, Unidad Cristiana, The Record newspaper, and many more!
  • For a full list of clubs and organizations, visit this page.
  • 90% of the student population live on campus.

Varsity Sports

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

Cross Country (Women)
Golf (Men)
Indoor & Outdoor Track
Volleyball (Women)

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.

Life After College
  • 97.6% of the Class of 2020 had landed their first destination within six months of graduation.
  • 82% of the Class of 2020 had an internship.
  • The Center for Vocation and Career offer robust programming and mentorship throughout the year through career coaches and networking events. The graduating seniors are set up for success as they embark on the work force or continuing education.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Average high school GPA: 3.75 (unweighted scale)
  • 51% graduated in the top 10% of their high school class; 82% graduated in the top 25% of their high school class (among those submitting a class rank) 
  • Middle 50% scored between 1280-1430 on the EBRW (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) and Math portions of the SAT, and between 27-32 on the ACT
  • 20% are children of alumni 
  • 93% are expected to return their sophomore year