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Students of color at a predominantly white college have a unique experience in terms of both challenge and support. Wheaton is no exception. At times students of color seek out those from a background similar to their own and at other times students who are very different in order to stretch themselves. Students of color comprise over 20% of the campus.

The enrollment chart reflects the enrollment trends of over 35 years, and the table (below) reflects current enrollment information compared against Fall 2005. The percentage is calculated on a headcount of 2463 for Fall 2015. Please note that due to new reporting standards, Fall 2010 starts two (2) new categories (Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and Two or More Races) which were parts of other data points in the past. As an example, the African American enrollment figures would increase by over 30 in the past. We rejoice that reporting facilitates students being able to identify holisitcally; however we recognize that enrollment data has been impacted.

Fall 2015 Enrollment Figures

(Number in parenthesis reflects Fall 2005 enrollment figures)

Ethnicity Undergrad Graduate Total
African American 65 - 2.6%
(50)
24 - 4.7%
(10)
89 - 3.0%
(60)
Asian American 213 - 8.6%
(169)
31 - 6.1%
(32)
244 - 8.2%
(201)
Latino American 135 - 5.5%
(72)
5 - 1.0%
(10)
140 - 4.7%
(82)
Native American 1 - 0.1%
(9)
2 - 0.3%
(1)
3 - 0.1%
(10)
Native Hawaiian or
Pacific Islander
0 - 0% 0 0
Two or More Races 115 - 4.7%
14 - 2.8% 129 - 4.3%

Total

529 - 21.5%
(300)
76 - 14.9%
(53)
605 - 20.4%
(356)
       
International 66 - 2.7% 53 - 10.4% 119 - 4.0%

 

Undergraduate Enrollment Percentages

Academic Year  Total Ethnic Enrollment Total Campus Headcount  Percentage Student of Color 
 90-91  165  2205  7.5%
 95-96  252  2280  11.1%
 00-01  220  2390  9.2%
 05-06  300  2393  12.5%
 10-11  370  2434  15.2%
 15-16  529  2463  21.5%

 

Comparative Undergraduate Enrollment Data by Ethnicity

Reported Fall 2013 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Comparative Undergraduate Enrollment Data by Ethnicity comparing Wheaton College to other Christian Colleges.

Christian College Consortium

Ethnicity Wheaton College Average (Range) Wheaton's rank out of 13 compared to 1st place institution
White 77.6% 77.0%
(60.5-86.0)
7 - Wheaton College
1 - Messiah
Black 2.1% 4.5%
(1.0-14.8)
11 - Wheaton College
1 - Trinity International
Hispanic 4.9% 5.1%
(1.7-12.8)
6- Wheaton College
1 - Westmont
Asian 8.1% 3.5%
(0.7-10.5)
2 - Wheaton College
1 - Seattle Pacific
AmerInd 0.1% 0.2%
(0.0-0.4)
11 - Wheaton College
1 - George Fox/Seattle Pacific
Two More 4.5% 3.6%
(0.8-7.5)
5 - Wheaton College
1 - Seattle Pacific
Hawaiian 0.0% 0.2%
(0.0-0.5)
11 - Wheaton College
1 - Westmont/George Fox
Unknown 0.9% 2.9%
(0.4-9.7)
11 - Wheaton College
1 - Trinity
NonRes 1.8% 3.0%
(0.4-6.5)
8 - Wheaton College
1 - Houghton

 

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Ethnicity Wheaton College Average (Range) Wheaton's rank out of 100 compared to 1st place institution
White 77.6% 69.1%
(23.6-91.7)
33 - Wheaton College
1 - College of Ozarks
Black 2.1% 9.1%
(0.6-53.3)
87 - Wheaton College
1 - Victory
Hispanic 4.9% 8.1%
(0.0-39.9)
55 - Wheaton College
1 - Fresno Pacific
Asian 8.1% 2.4%
(0.0-15.9)
55 - Wheaton College
1 - Biola
AmerInd 0.1% 0.7%
(0.0-6.7)
94 - Wheaton College
1 - Oklahoma Weslyan
Two More 4.5% 2.5%
(0.0-13.9)
16 - Wheaton College
1 - Hope International
Hawaiian 0.0% 0.3%
(0.0-3.0)
81 - Wheaton College
1 - Dordt
Unknown 0.9% 5.3%
(0.0-30.4)
81 - Wheaton College
1 - Colorado Christian
NonRes 1.8% 2.4%
(0.0-8.9)
53 - Wheaton College
1 - Dordt

 

This data was generated from available data at the IPEDS website following the instructions for Peer Analysis data at http://nces.ed.gov/ipedspas.  In each, #1 is the greatest percentage of that group.

 

Students of Color Enrollment by Ethnic Group by Year, Fall 1975-2015

Students of Color Enrollment by Ethnic Group by Year, Fall 1975-2015

 

 Students of Color Enrollment by Year 2011-2015 

 

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