Various publications release college rankings and ratings each fall. These measures use a variety of methodologies and attempt to quantify a number of different factors into a single number that compares schools to one another.
While Wheaton College does not shape its academic or co-curricular programs with rankings in mind, we recognize that they can be a useful tool for prospective students and families, and appreciate the third-party endorsement they often provide. Overall, the rankings and ratings indicate that Wheaton provides a quality liberal arts education at a great value.
Below is a selection of rankings, loosely grouped by methodology.
Rankings Based Primarily on Publicly Available Data, such as the Common Data Set
This website includes profile information on Wheaton College, allowing for comparison with other colleges on qualities such as selectivity, retention, diversity, value, and state and national ranking.
This tool permits head-to-head college comparisons using the same variables as publications such as US News and World Report.
Fiske Guide to Colleges
The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 named Wheaton College to its list of 41 Best Buy colleges and universities, based on quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.
Forbes magazine ranks Wheaton College 98th in their annual list of 650 best undergraduate institutions and gave Wheaton a financial grade of ‘A.’ Forbes also lists Wheaton among the Top 100 ROI Colleges 2014.
Methodology: Ranking America's Top Colleges 2013
Behind Forbes College Financial Grades
Kiplinger's rates Wheaton 29th for Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges 2013-2014. Kiplinger's rankings measure academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. Wheaton also made Kiplinger’s 2014 list of 30 Best College Values in the Midwest, ranking 6th in the Liberal Arts College category.
FAQs on Our Rankings of Private College Values
Princeton Review College Rankings
Wheaton is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton ReviewThe College is featured in The Best 378 Colleges, 2014.
FAQs: The Best 378 Colleges
U.S. News & World Report
The 2014 U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges ranks Wheaton 57 out of more than 260 National Liberal Arts Colleges.
How U.S. News & World Report Calculates its Best College Rankings
About the U.S. News Education Rankings Methodologies
Washington Monthly ranked Wheaton #67 on its 2013 list of 255 liberal arts colleges. Its rankings list schools based on their contribution to the public good in the categories of social mobility, research, and service. Wheaton is also ranked #21 on the publication’s list of 70 Best Bang for the Buck schools.
America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges
Rankings Based Primarily on Survey Responses or Editorial Judgments
Affordable Colleges Online
This website ranked Wheaton #18 on its list of High Return on Investment Colleges in Illinois. 315 colleges were analyzed, and 39 ranked.
This website ranks Wheaton #26 on its list of The 50 Best Colleges in the United States.
The Business Insider
The Business Insider ranks Wheaton #15 on its list of The Best 20 College Campuses in the U.S.
Our Methodology For The Top 20 College Campuses
Colleges that Change Lives
The book Colleges that Change Lives included Wheaton on this select list of 40 schools. Author Loren Pope said, "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."
Faith on View
This website ranked Wheaton #2 on its national college list, and #1 on its lists of medium-sized schools and schools in the Midwest.
In 2010, First Things ranked Wheaton College #1 on its list of 25 Top Schools in America.
This website ranked Wheaton #7 on its list of The 25 Healthiest Colleges in the U.S.
Insider's Guide to the Colleges
The Insider's Guide to the Colleges 2013 observes, "Wheaton students...deeply value the way Wheaton has shaped them intellectually and spiritually."
Peterson's says of Wheaton, "The academic curriculum combines with the extensive cocurriculum of artistic, athletic, religious, service, and social activities to achieve a lively interaction of Christian faith, learning, and living."
Princeton Review College Ratings
These ratings are based on the findings of student surveys. They include:
#1 Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution
#2 Stone-Cold Sober Schools
#3 Most Religious Students
#6 Best Campus Food
#7 Don’t Inhale
#7 Town-Gown Relations are Great
#8 Best-Run Colleges
#15 Best Science Lab Facilities
#16 Best Quality of Life
Surveying Students: How We Do It
The Princeton Review's College Ratings
Wheaton is listed among other Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) schools that received rankings from Forbes, US News and World Report, and Princeton Review.
The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges
Wheaton is listed in The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges 2012 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.