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College Profile

Established in 1860 as a co-ed institution, Wheaton College is a private, residential, and interdenominational Christian liberal arts college, where the pursuit of faith and learning is taken seriously.


Awards and Recognition

  • Business Insider ranked Wheaton College 33 in a list of The 106 Smartest Liberal Arts Colleges In America. Wheaton College was ranked 75 in Business Insider’s overall list of The 600 Smartest Colleges In America.
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015 named Wheaton College in its list of 41 private Best Buy colleges and universities, based on academic quality in relation to the cost of attendance.
  • Kiplinger's rates Wheaton 26th for Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges, 2014-15. Kiplinger's rankings measure academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. Wheaton is ranked 43 in their overall list of 300 Best College Values in the U.S. 
  • Wheaton is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The College is featured in The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 guide.
  • The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranks Wheaton 57 out of more than 240 National Liberal Arts Colleges and eighth on the list for Best Undergraduate Teaching among National Liberal Arts Colleges.
  • The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2015 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 ranked Wheaton 75th in their annual list of 650 top undergraduate institutions and gave Wheaton a financial grade of 'A.' Forbes also ranked Wheaton 13th on its list of top 25 Midwest Colleges.
  • Wheaton is listed in The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges 2015 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 2,400 undergraduates, 480 graduate students
  • 52% female, 48% male
  • 20% of all degree seeking students are American ethnic minority students; an additional 4% are non-resident aliens. 7% of degree seeking students are MK (Missionary Kids) or TCK (Third Culture Kids) (Learn more about diversity at Wheaton >)
  • From 50 states, 45 countries and 55+ church denominations


  • Full time: 203, Part time: 111
  • 97% of full-time faculty hold earned doctorates or other terminal degree
  • 19 endowed faculty chairs, allowing +9% of permanent faculty to hold  endowed professorships 
  • 11:1 Student Faculty Ratio
  • 26 ethnic minority faculty (read more about Wheaton's diverse faculty >)

Finances (2015-2016)

  • Undergraduate tuition: $34,050; room and board: $9,560
  • Graduate: $760 per credit hour, $960 for Psy.D. students, $915 for Ph.D. students
  • More than $25 million in scholarships and grants is awarded annually to students
  • Federal Pell grants, FSEOG, state, and institutional grants and scholarships are available.
  • For 2014-15 school year, 20% of enrolled, full-time students were Pell Grant recipients 
  • 78% of undergraduate students received scholarships and grants in 2014-15.
  • 66% of undergraduates were offered loans in 2014-15; about 49% accepted
  • Music, ROTC, and multicultural student scholarships are available.
  • Visit Financial Aid for more information

Important Dates

  • Early action deadline: November 1, with notification by December 31
  • Regular Action deadline: January 10, with notification by April 1
  • Fall Transfer deadline: March 1
  • Spring Transfer deadline: October 1

Freshman (Class of 2018) Profile

  • 607 enrolled, including 21 National Merit Finalists
  • Average high school GPA 3.7 (unweighted scale)
  • 52% graduated in top 10% of their high school class
  • 82% are expected to graduate in four years
  • 128 are children of alumni
  • 93% are expected to return their sophomore year
  • Middle 50% scored between 1220 and 1400 on the Critical Reasoning and Math portions of the SAT, and between 27 and 32 on the ACT

Residence Life

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 also apply to live in one of 15 college-owned apartment buildings or in one of the 22 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 for international students who are either single or married.


Arts & Sciences | B.A., B.S.

*signifies most enrolled majors

Ancient Languages
Applied Health Science *
Applied Mathematics
Biblical Archaeology
Biblical & Theological Studies
Business/Economics *
Christian Education & Ministry
Communication *
Computer Science
Elementary Education
Engineering (Dual Degree)
English *
Environmental Science
History/Social Science
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Relations
Music (6 majors, see Conservatory information)

Music (B.A.)
Nursing (Liberal Arts)
Political Science
Psychology *
Secondary Education (2nd major only)
Urban Studies


Conservatory of Music | B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed.

  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • History and Literature
  • Music with Elective Studies in Specific Outside Fields
  • Pedagogy
  • Performance

Undergraduate Certificates

  • Adventure Leadership Ministry
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Early Christian Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • HNGR - Human Needs and Global Resources (Development Studies)
  • Journalism 
  • Military Science
  • Pre-Law
  • 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
  • Theology
  • History of Christianity
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Intercultural Studies & TESOL
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Missional Church Movements 
  • Missions 
  • Teaching, Elementary or Secondary

Graduate Certificates


Doctoral Degrees | Ph.D., Psy. D.

  • Philosophy in Biblical & Theological Studies
  • Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Special Programs

  • Ashkelon - Excavation in Israel
  • Authority, Action, Ethics: Ethiopia (AAEE)
  • Faith, Arts and Politics in South Africa Program
  • HoneyRock
  • HNGR - Human Needs and Global Resources
  • International internship opportunities
  • International Scenography in Prague
  • Iron Sharpens Iron
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Pre-Law Program
  • Printing, Propaganda and Progress
  • ROTC
  • Science Station
  • Sports Ministry Trips Abroad
  • Wheaton in Chicago
  • Wheaton in China
  • Wheaton in Costa Rica
  • Wheaton in England
  • Wheaton in Germany
  • Wheaton in the Holy Lands
  • Wheaton in Korea 

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
    More >

Calendar System

  • 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
  • Justice Coalition
  • 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

Ministry/Service Opportunities

  • Breakaway Ministries
  • Christian Service Council (22 local ministries)
  • Global Urban Perspectives
  • Honduras Project 
  • Missions in Focus
  • Student Ministry Partners
  • World Christian Fellowship
  • Youth Hostel Ministry

Becoming Champions

  • 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 10 different sports. 150+ students have earned All-American recognition and 50+ 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; men's and women’s golf, wrestling, baseball, and women’s tennis.
  • The women’s soccer team won the 2004, 2006, and 2007 NCAA Division III Championships. Women’s soccer has made seven NCAA Final Four appearances (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012). 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, 2006 and 2012, with six NCAA-III Playoff appearances since 2000 including National Semifinalist recognition in 2008.


Division III Competition



Cross Country
Indoor & Outdoor Track

Cross Country
Indoor & Outdoor Track


Club Sports



Ice Hockey

Water Polo


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
  • Essays
  • Recommendations
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Christian commitment (necessary for admission)

Graduation Rates

The following are 6-year graduation rates disaggregated by category for most recent year available.

Students first enrolled in the Fall 2008 semester:

  • All students: 89%
  • Men: 87%
  • Women: 92%
  • Non-resident alien: 86%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 84%
  • Asian: 86%
  • Black/African American: 90%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: N/A
  • White: 90%
  • Two or more races: 100%
  • Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant: 86%
  • Recipients of a subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant: 92%
  • Students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or subsidized Stafford Loan: 88%

Wheaton Alumni

Placement six months after graduation

  • 59% employed
  • 28% graduate school
  • 2% military
  • 11% other

Based upon Alumni Survey data from the Class of 2003, 65% of Wheaton students pursued graduate level study within 10 years of graduating. 

  • 35% in Graduate Arts & Sciences
  • 15% in Medical School
  • 16% in Education
  • 15% Theological School/Seminary
  • 9% in Law School
  • 6% in MBA programs
  • 3% in Engineering
  • Less than 1% in Dental School


More Information

By Telephone

  • 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

In Person

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.

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