Wheaton Passage

Wheaton's transition program for first-year students.

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Wheaton Passage is Wheaton College's first-year student transition program and is specifically designed to equip students for effective navigation of the college years. Formerly known as Vanguards and later High Road, the program was started at HoneyRock in 1961 and is one of the oldest and largest programs in the United States. 

Wheaton Passage is split into three options: wilderness track, camp track, or urban track. All tracks culminate with five days at HoneyRock during which time a faculty member will join a group of about ten students and lead them through a curriculum based on the following four themes: life of the mind, community, spiritual formation, and service. Participating students will earn 2 hours of credit as part of the program.

Students will develop strong spiritual and social foundations upon which to build an effective college experience. They will participate in one-on-one interactions with a Wheaton College faculty member and spend time learning with fellow students in a small group setting. Over 200 first-year students participate in Wheaton Passage every year. 

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