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April 2017

From the President

Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Dear Parents,

Students and faculty continue to enjoy the new general education curriculum. Audrey Young ’20 says, “Taking the Christ at the Core First Year Seminar course ‘Enduring Questions’ at the beginning of my freshman year gave me a sense of direction, teaching me about myself and others.”

Christ at the Core students have continued their learning experiences with an Advanced Integrative Seminar, a multi-disciplinary course often team-taught by faculty from different departments. Recently an Art and an English professor teamed up to enrich class discussion with integrative learning experiences outside the classroom, taking their students on a field trip in Indiana to study Native American art, literature, and history.  

We are grateful that the new curriculum encourages students to continue their pursuit of learning outside the classroom. But most of all we are grateful that general education at Wheaton College keeps the crucified, risen Christ at the center of everything.  

Lisa and I wish you and your family God’s rich blessings at this Easter season, grateful for God’s promise of eternal life in His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Christ’s service,

Philip Ryken


Commencement Weekend: May 5-7

Undergraduate Commencement 2016Congratulations to the parents of soon-to-be alumni from the class of '17! We're looking forward to welcoming you to campus for this meaningful weekend in your family's life.  To assist with your travel and scheduling plans, the Registrar's office has posted important information about Commencement weekend seating, events, and photo/video keepsakes on their website. If you have any additional questions, contact registrar@wheaton.edu or call 630.752.5045.


Residence Life

Residence Life at Wheaton CollegeSummer Housing: Housing closes on Friday, May 5 at 5pm unless a student is participating in Commencement or has approval from Residence Life to remain on campus.  Housing will reopen on Sunday, August, 20, at 2pm.  

Students are required to complete the checkout list provided by the residence life staff in their building and must check out of their living space with their residence life staff member before leaving for the summer.  

Summer housing is available on campus from Monday, May 8 to Saturday, July 28, 2017 for students remaining in the area for summer school or on-campus employment.  Students must register for summer housing by Thursday, April 13 with the Residence Life office.

Summer Storage: Wheaton College offers limited space for students to store their belongings over the summer. For campus storage, students must store their belongings in the storage area within the building where they currently live. Storage guidelines for each building can be found below. 

Find general information on storage opportunities, including furniture storage in our 


News from Student Financial Services

As the semester winds down, please be sure to continue to monitor your student’s account.  Copy/print and other miscellaneous fees may be posted over these last few weeks.

Not getting the monthly e-bill notices? Students are able to grant parents access to information related to online payment options, financial aid, academics, and student accounts through their portal.wheaton.edu accounts. Students must enter a parent's e-mail address for authorization and select from a list of permission options. Parents will receive an automated e-mail with login information on how to set up an account. This will allow parents access to account activity, on-line payments, and payment plans.

We are now offering a Summer Payment Plan for summer tuition and fees! Full plan details are posted on the  Payment Plan page and on the Billing and Payment Gateway for authorized users.


Wheaton Students Travel the World

Map of Japan with red push pinOver 325 Wheaton students will participate in international programs over the summer months.  Wheaton faculty design and lead a variety of global and experiential learning programs to complement and enhance the on-campus academic experience.  Students will travel to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America to take part in both academic and missions/service programs.  Some of these exciting programs include 'Resistance and Reconciliation' in South Africa, 'Printing, Protestantism and Progress' in Germany and Switzerland, the Tel Shimron Excavation in Israel, and Women's Basketball and Women's Soccer Ministry Trips in the Dominican Republic.

To learn more about Wheaton's Center for Global and Experiential Learning, visit our web site.


Wheaton College Graduate School

Accelerated M.A. Program: No GRE Exam and up to $12,000 in Savings!

Is your student thinking about life after Wheaton? Wheaton College Graduate School’s Accelerated M.A. program offers an opportunity to advance a career while saving time and money. In as little as one additional year at Wheaton, Wheaton students can earn their master’s degree by taking graduate courses during their senior year, with no additional cost. The Accelerated M.A. Program is offered through ten unique graduate degrees: 

We invite your student to learn more about the Accelerated M.A. program by contacting graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu or calling 630.752.5195.


News From the Wheaton Conservatory

Wheaton College Conservatory of MusicWheaton College Conservatory of Music students were featured in the February 24th Artist Series concert.  The Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Men’s Glee Club joined the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro John Nelson ’63 in a performance of Lobgesang(Song of Praise) by Felix Mendelssohn.  

The Concert Choir and an instrumental ensemble offered a performance of the Bach Cantata Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80.  This concert, titled Songs of Praise, was a showcase for Wheaton’s music ensembles.


Spring BreakAway Trips Made Possible 

Few things help students shed familiar labels like “Traber Six,” “Conserv,” or “bio major” as well as the Office of Christian Outreach’s bevy of Spring BreakAway offerings. Last month, 81 undergraduates chose to spend their spring break doing ministry throughout North America. Wheaton students partnered with local ministries to serve meals to the homeless, teach English to immigrants, show Christ’s love to those in prison, and repair homes for families in need.

Your gift to the Wheaton Fund helps support these opportunities for students to make friends, grow spiritually, and serve as the hands and feet of Christ beyond Wheaton’s campus. We are grateful to parents like you who help make these kinds of transformational opportunities available to your sons and daughters and their classmates when you give to the Wheaton Fund.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Please pray for staff members in Wheaton's Admissions office as they meet with high school seniors and parents making decisions about college attendance next year. Pray that prospective students will be encouraged by the hospitality they receive and that good connections will be made. 
  • Pray for members of the Class of 2017. Pray that their final weeks at Wheaton will be rich in friendship and learning. Pray for favor in the plans that graduates are making for their first steps after Wheaton. 
  • Pray for all students in this final stretch of the semester. Pray for stamina, times of recreation, and fruitfulness in their work. 


With thanks for your involvement and prayers,

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team