Wheaton Passage

Why Wheaton Passage?

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

  • Make friends with other first-year students
  • Build relationships with current students
  • 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. 

Four Distinct Passage Tracks

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

  • Sea kayaking around the Apostle Islands of Wisconsin
  • Canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota
  • Backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains 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. Previous wilderness experience is not necessary!

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.

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.

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.

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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