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Parents FAQ

Where do Wheaton grads typically find jobs?

The beauty of a liberal arts education is that there really is no “typical” placement. Our graduates are successful doctors, lawyers, professors, publishers, teachers, pastors, sales professionals, evangelists, authors, senators, as well as community leaders, missionaries, parents and volunteers. 


What percentage of seniors get accepted into grad school? 

Graduation survey data shows that about 25% of our seniors go onto grad programs immediately after graduating from Wheaton. Continuing survey data shows that about 40% of our graduates attend graduate programs within 5 years of graduation. The national average is 9% overall. 


When do companies start to recruit college grads?

The college recruiting cycle begins in August and ends in early April. Recruiters tend to fill hiring “classes” that start their training in June. Remember, we’re talking entry level. Even in small organizations, employers want to snag the best and the brightest, they know that the early recruiter gets the best recruit! 


Does Wheaton have connections with organizations and corporations?

The Center for Vocation and Career works actively with Alumni Engagement to establish and nurture strong connections. On the other hand, as we tell your students, contacts are not a short cut from the hard work of job searching. Our mission is to equip your students to find their calling: not merely to find a job. According to the Bureau of Labor, this generation will have between 10-14 jobs by the time they are 38! If they don’t master the “how-to’s” then they will be unable to effectively make a positive impact for Christ and His Kingdom! 


Does Wheaton have on-campus interviews?

Absolutely! During the 2013-2014 academic year we had 25 employers conduct on-campus interviews, and that number has been consistently growing since 2004. Just as effectively, we have direct connections with hiring alumna and human resource personnel in many companies to whom we can funnel résumés and more importantly, they consider Wheaton a recruiting pipeline. 


What companies have recruited on-campus in the past 5 years? 

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the following companies conducted on-campus interviews:


Lorien Wood Academy                

Baillie Lumber

Lydia Home                                     

By The Hand Club

McTigue Financial Group(2x)      

Chick-fil-A (2x)                                

Mystic Valley Charter Schools

Cleveland Research

Parkside Church                            

Cochlan Group                              


ConAgra (2x)

Samaritan’s Purse                        

EPIC (2x)

Southern Teachers Agency

Group Alternatives                        

Target (2x)                                      

Hancock International                  

Teach for America                         

iD Commerce

Tyson Foods (2x)                            

KeHe Foods                                     

U.S. Dept. of State                         

Kimberly Clark (2x)        



2013-2014 Employer Relations Overview:

  • 135% increase in student interviews: 296 individual student interviews vs. 126 student interviews in 2012-13.
  • 125% increase in employers interviewing on campus: 28 employers conducted on-campus interviews vs. 12 employers during 2012-13 (10 new employers came to campus for interviews).
  • 14 new employers were added to our on-going recruiting list.
  • 23 information sessions were conducted on campus to include the following employers:

Chick-fil-A, Department of State, Baillie Lumber, McTigue Financial Group, Allstate Insurance, Target, Group Alternatives, ConAgra(2), Kimberly Clark (2), Teach for America, (2), Target, Cleveland Research, EPIC Systems (2), Tyson Foods, Parkside Church


The Center for Vocation and Career seems to favor the corporate sector, is that true?

Actually that’s both true and false. The hiring realities are that larger corporations do most of the entry level hiring. They actually have programs for training recent graduates, as such they are more actively searching for college pipelines to fulfill their needs. Smaller organization and non-profits don’t have training programs. They tend to hire more experienced graduates. If you need verification, just check out the majority of the non-profit jobs on Idealist.org. 

Smaller organizations also don’t tend to recruit on campus, but they post their open positions to Handshake (the Center for Vocation and Career’s on-line job portal). You will note that most of the organizations that post are smaller organizations and non-profits!