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Wheaton College in the Rankings

Many publications release college rankings in August. Here's a guide to where Wheaton College stands.


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

Business Insider
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.

Christian Universities Online
Christian Universities Online ranks Wheaton 14 in a list of 50 Best Christian Colleges for 2014.
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 & World Report.

Fiske Guide to Colleges
The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015 named Wheaton College to its list of 22 Private Best Buy colleges and universities, based on quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.

Forbes Magazine
Forbes magazine ranked Wheaton College 75th in its annual list of 650 top undergraduate institutions and gave Wheaton a financial grade of ‘A.’ Forbes also ranked Wheaton 13th in the Top 25 Best Midwest Colleges and included Wheaton in its 2014 list of Top 100 Return on Investment (ROI) Colleges.

Methodology: Ranking America's Top Colleges 2014
Behind Forbes College Financial Grades


Kiplinger's rates Wheaton 26th for Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges 2014-2015. Kiplinger's rankings measure academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. Wheaton also made Kiplinger’s 2015 list of 25 Best College Values in the Midwest, ranking 7th in the Liberal Arts College category. Wheaton is ranked 43 in their overall list of 300 Best College Values in the U.S.

FAQs on [Kiplinger's] Rankings of Private College Values

Money Magazine
Wheaton is 101 out of 665 selected colleges listed in Money magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money 2014. Wheaton is also included in Money’s list of 25 Best Liberal Arts Colleges.
How Money Ranked the Best Colleges

Princeton Review College Rankings
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
FAQs: The Best 379 Colleges

U.S. News & World Report 
The 2015 U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges ranks Wheaton 56 out of more than 240 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
Washington Monthly ranked Wheaton #45 on its 2014 list of 246 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 #9 on the publication’s list of 67 Best Bang for the Buck schools.

Rankings Based Primarily on Survey Responses or Editorial Judgments

Affordable Colleges Online
This website ranked Wheaton #25 on a list of 30 Most Inviting Yet Affordable College Dorms in America.

This website ranks Wheaton #26 on its list of The 50 Best Colleges in the United States.
Students on named Wheaton College one of America's top 25 schools. Wheaton received 2015 Cappies awards for Best College Food and Best College Dorms.

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."

College Magazine
Wheaton made College Magazine’s 2014 list of 10 Health-Obsessed Universities. Wheaton was selected for its fresh dining program, sports and recreation facility and shuttle service to off-campus medical appointments.

Faith on View
This website ranked Wheaton #3 on its national college list, and #2 on its lists of medium-sized schools and schools in the Midwest.

First Things
In 2010, First Things ranked Wheaton College #1 on its list of 25 Top Schools in America.

Insider's Guide to the Colleges
The Insider's Guide to the Colleges 2015 observes, "Wheaton students...deeply value the way Wheaton has shaped them intellectually and spiritually."

Niche (formerly College Prowler)
In the 2015 Niche College Rankings, Wheaton was ranked #80 out of 892 schools in the Best Overall category and received an overall grade of ‘A’.
Methodology behind Niche’s College Rankings

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:
#2 Stone-Cold Sober Schools
#3 Most Religious Students
#5 Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution
#7 Best-Run Colleges
#8 Don’t Inhale
#12 Best Campus Food
#13 Best Science Lab Facilities
#13 Best Quality of Life
#15 Happiest Students
#18 Town-Gown Relations are Great
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 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.



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