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Wheaton Passage at HoneyRock

Launch your Wheaton College experience with friends, fun, and a jump start on credit!

Why Wheaton Passage?

Wheaton Passage is Wheaton College's new student transition program that is specifically designed to help students ...

  • Make friends with other new students
  • Build relationships with upperclassmen
  • Be mentored by Wheaton College faculty

By participating in one of our four Passage experiences, new students will quickly form friendships, connect with faculty, and capture a vision for life at Wheaton. In fact, research shows that college transitional programs, like Passage, improve students' overall college experience. Second to dorm life at Wheaton, students make the most friends at Passage.

Four Passage Tracks - Dates & Tuition

We offer four distinct experiences for new students - the start dates and activities of each track vary. Only $100 is due at the time of registration - the remaining $695 will be reflected on your Fall Tuition Bill.

Track Dates Registration Fee Fall Tuition Packing List (PDF)
Wilderness       August 7-22, 2019        $100   $695  
Urban   August 10-22, 2019   $100   $695   Urban Packing List
Northwoods   August 14-22, 2019   $100   $695   Northwoods and Equestrian Packing List
Equestrian   August 14-22, 2019   $100  



Northwoods and Equestrian Packing List


What's the right Passage track for you?

Not every student (or summer schedule!) is the same - that's why we offer four different tracks to launch your Wheaton College experience. Click the track title below to get a glimpse into each unique experience.

Dates: August 7-22, 2019 | Program Fee: $795 | No wilderness experience necessary!

Your wilderness immersion experience will take you on one of these four amazing adventures:

  • Sea kayaking around the Apostle Islands of Wisconsin
  • Canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota
  • Backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains of Minnesota
  • Rock climbing on the North Shore of Minnesota

The length and remote nature of your trip provides you with close community, personal growth, and a solid foundation before transitioning into Wheaton College.

Dates: August 10-22, 2019 | Program Fee: $795

Urban Passage will take you right into Chicago where you will reside at Wheaton College's Urban Studies facility located in Woodlawn - one of Chicago's most diverse communities. Dedicated to community service, you will interface with different organizations that are ministering throughout the city. Living in community and serving others will become the basis for the close friendships you will form through this unique Wheaton College experience.

Dates: August 14-22, 2019 | Program Fee: $795

Settling into HoneyRock, you'll be surrounded by the beauty and majesty of the Northwoods. This residential experience brings you into close community by living and sharing life with 7-9 small group members. Enjoy the beauty of Long Lake with activities such as hiking, canoeing, biking, watersports and much more while you build friendships with peers and upper-class students.

Dates: August 14-22, 2019 | Program Fee: $795

Based out of HoneyRock, you will become immersed in the world of horses and equestrian training while you transition into Wheaton College. With the beauty of the Northwoods surrounding you, you will participate in a variety of horsemanship activities such as arena classes, trail rides, and ground-training skills. While involved in these experiences, you will form close friendships with your peers and leaders.

Earn Academic Credit with Passage

Passage is a 2-credit course. All students who are enrolled in Passage are automatically enrolled in CFM 131: Introduction to Spiritual Formation (you do not need to register for this class with the Registrar - we will do it for you).

Course Fee

The course fee is $795 total, $100 of which is taken at the time of registration. The remaining $695 is included in the Fall tuition bill and can be rolled into your payment plans.

Course Texts

This course requires 12-24 hours of pre-course work. Students are required to purchase hard copies of the following books.*

  1. Embracing the Love of God by James Bryan Smith (either edition). Purchase a hard copy through the Wheaton College bookstore or Amazon.
  2. Wheaton Passage Workbook, 2019 version. This workbook contains the course syllabus, a student checklist, and various readings and assignments. Purchase a hard copy from the Wheaton College Bookstore or by visiting the Kendall Hunt website and searching "Passage" - make sure to buy the 2019 version! 

*If you are an international student with an address outside of the US or Canada, please email passage@wheaton.edu for instructions on how to order these books. 

** Did you sign up to Passage within 4 weeks of the start date? You might consider purchasing an ebook to get a head start on work while you wait for your hard copy to arrive.

Pre Course Work: Students will need to complete the Wheaton Passage workbook PRIOR to arriving for Passage. This involves 12-24 hours of reading, writing, and reflection.

Participation: Students participate in activities, discussions, reflection, and writing assignments during Passage. Participation is part of the course grade.

Wheaton Campus Assignments and Meetings: Upon returning to Wheaton, students must complete a final paper, meet 1:1 with their faculty leader and connect with their group for one final get together before the end of A-quad.

This course has several instructors. Each student group will have a unique faculty member assigned to them. They will not know who their faculty member is until they meet towards the end of Passage. Other instructors include:

  • Barrett McRay Ph.D. - Wheaton Passage Lead Faculty Member
  • Rachael Cyrus M.A. - Program Manager
  • Rob Ribbe Ph.D. - Director of HoneyRock, Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry
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It's the best way to begin your Wheaton experience - make friends, have fun, get ahead on credit, and interact extensively with Wheaton College faculty.

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Have a Question?

Do you have a question about Passage? Please visit our "FAQ" page, linked below.

Frequently Asked Questions