The philosophy of Wheaton's Residence Life program originates from the College's mission to develop whole and effective Christians. Wheaton College is committed to the residential housing model and views it as a powerful extension of the classroom. Students have the opportunity to transition through various campus communities as they move from the freshmen and sophomore communities, to upperclass halls, to the junior and senior apartment communities. We believe that when students experience authentic community of loving one another and bearing one another's burden, lives are transformed. Our hope is that students learn more about themselves, value the differences of others in community, grow spiritually, and catch the vision for living the rest of their lives in authentic community.
Because of its belief in the importance of residential living, Wheaton College requires all undergraduate students to live in campus housing. Exceptions are made for married students, students living at home with their parents, and students who attend the College on a part-time basis.