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January 2017

From the President

Dear Parents,

Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

As 2017 begins we welcome not only returning students, but also a handful of new freshmen and transfer students joining us from state schools, community colleges, and other private schools.  Wheaton enrolls around 55 transfer students in August, and another 20 in January.  Their presence greatly enriches our campus.   

I met with our new students a few days before the semester began.  As usual, they are at Wheaton because they want a Christ-centered higher education marked by excellence inside and outside the classroom.  Many say they want to experience college life in Christian community.   

Junior International Relations major/French minor Whitney Hedlund, who transferred to Wheaton from a highly ranked public land grant research university in the Fall of 2015 says, “I spent a year at a state university where I experienced outward racism for the first time, and I hated college.  The love that Wheaton students showed me in those first months after arriving on campus completely rocked my world.  I wanted what they had, which was a relationship with Jesus that permeates every aspect of life.  From Roller Disco to Finals Week, I’ve loved every part of my Wheaton experience.”

We wish you a joyous New Year 2017,

Philip Ryken



Welcome New Parents!

Wheaton offers a number of resources to support your student.  Residence Directors (live-in professional staff) and Resident Assistants (student leaders on your son's or daughter’s floor) are eager to support and care for your students. If your student mentions any concerns with roommates, academics, emotional care, or simply adjusting to living with a large group of new people, please don't hesitate to have them connect directly with their residence life staff member for encouragement and assistance.

Here's a list of helpful resources for your student:

  • Residence Life - Justin Heth, 630.752.5427
  • Student Care and Services - Allison Ash, 630.752.5941
  • Academic and Disability Services- Jennifer Nicodem; 630.752.5674 
  • Counseling Center - Dr. Toussaint Whetstone, 630.752.5322
  • Student Health Services - Britt Black, 630.752.5671


Parents in Prayer

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. –Romans 12:12

We have designated February as a month of prayer. Join with other parents throughout the month as we pray together for Wheaton students and for the College.  Our  Parent Prayer Card offers tips on ways to pray each day. If you are a parent living in Florida or Chicagoland, consider attending a Parent Prayer Gathering.

Prayer requests will be shared on Facebook. If you are not a member of our parent Facebook group, join by logging on to your regular Facebook account, type “Wheaton College (IL) Parents” in the search bar, and request to join.


Travel with Wheaton

Florence. Rome. Pompeii. The Amalfi Coast…

Parents travel ItalyNeed we say more? We invite you to join us October 1-10, 2017, on a very special tour of Italy, hosted by President Philip Ryken and Mrs. Lisa Ryken.

Our journey begins in the amazingly preserved Renaissance city of Florence, where the works of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Martini, and Da Vinci await. Next, we journey through the beautiful Tuscan countryside and Umbria as we make our way to the Eternal City. As we explore a country steeped in culture, cuisine, and natural beauty, we will hear the Apostle Paul’s message as it is read alongside the great work of the Renaissance artists – a truly remarkable and once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you wish to explore further, an optional extension to the Amalfi Coast is available October 10-13.

When you travel with Wheaton, you enjoy a level of quality, learning, and camaraderie that is unparalleled by any other group travel experience. We hope you will consider joining us!

Visit Wheaton Travel to learn more, to download a brochure, and to register today.


Upcoming Events with the Center for Vocation and Career

The Declaration Dinner on January 26 is the culminating event in our Canvas: Framing Your Vocation and Career series for sophomores. This special evening will feature opportunities for students to connect and celebrate with faculty and alumni from their declared major.  Students will also hear an inspiring keynote address titled Your Major is Just the Beginning from former aerospace professional and entrepreneur Lori Bachman ’78 . Encourage your student to RSVP now!

On January 27, we will host alumna Ester Lee Cruz ’06, one of our industry experts in the area of networking. Esther is based in San Francisco, works for LinkedIn as a product marketer, and will share helpful advice in her presentation: How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job. This is a great event for juniors and seniors to attend.

In addition to these special programs and events, we are busy coaching all of our students as they pursue internship and job opportunities. Coaching includes instruction in crafting cover letters, resumes, personal statements, and LinkedIn profiles to help our students communicate their unique gifts and experiences. Students can stop by our office Monday through Thursday, 1-4pm, for a walk-in appointment with one of our career coaching professionals. Career exploration is also taking place through employer visits, alumni interactions, and our upcoming Externship Day event on February 7.


FAQ's from Student Health Services

Stethoscope 2Maintaining a healthy community is a priority at Wheaton.  Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

Is the respiratory flu (influenza) circulating in Wheaton?

The flu is being seen in Wheaton, but only minimally at this point.  However, as students return to campus it is anticipated that the incidence rates will increase.  The flu shot is available at Student Health Services (SHS) for $23 and students can walk in during our open hours.

My student is traveling internationally during spring break or the summer.  How can they learn about how to stay healthy while living overseas?

Student Health Services has an International Travel Clinic, staffed by trained and travel health certified nurses who can provide your student with country specific information.  This information will assist students in preparing for upcoming trips and will also help them stay healthy while living abroad.  SHS has many of the vaccines, supplies, and medications available for disease prevention.  

What health promotion activities is SHS planning this spring?

February 16: The Three Essentials: Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise

March 24 and April 20:  Honeymoon and Beyond Seminar

Beth Walsh ’95, certified nurse practitioner, will be talking with engaged couples about dating your fiancé/fiancée, the wedding night, and keeping the flame alive throughout your marriage.

What other services does SHS have at their clinic?

SHS has a variety of walk in and scheduled services available Monday-Saturday.  For more information about these services check out the SHS website.

My student does not have health insurance.  Where can they get insurance? 

Wheaton College enrolls all F1 visa students into a health insurance program.  Students who are US citizens can check out the health insurance website or the health insurance resources on the student portal. 


Important Information from Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services serves all aspects of student finances including scholarships, aid, billing, and payments.

Parents of continuing students:  The priority deadline for our office to receive the 2017-18 FAFSA and the institutional financial aid application is March 15, 2017.  

Important Spring Semester Billing and Payment Update

Spring tuition is due on January 11, 2017.  You must pay in full or enroll in a payment plan (link below) by the due date to avoid late fees.

Spring Semester Payment Plans are still open for enrollment.

Wheaton College offers convenient, interest-free payment plans to help you budget your college expenses.  If you enroll after the due date of January 11, 2017, late fees will apply and the first payment will be due at enrollment along with the $25 enrollment fee.

Full plan details are posted on the Payment Plan page and on the Billing and Payment Gateway for authorized users.

Please contact us with questions at sfs@wheaton.edu or (630) 752-5700.


Wheaton Graduate School

Save time and money through the Accelerated M.A. Program

Grad gradsYour Wheaton student can save time and money through Wheaton College Graduate School’s  Accelerated M.A. program. In as little as one more year at Wheaton, they can earn a master’s degree and save up to $12,000. Students can earn up to 16 graduate credits during their senior year at no additional cost. The program also features a streamlined application with no GRE or application fee.

"The potential to save money had a significant influence on my decision after realizing the financial weight of further education. The Accelerated M.A. allowed me to pursue my degree at a lower cost, in less time, and at a Christ centered institution."

-Rachael Cyrus '14, M.A. '15

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


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for students, faculty, administration, and staff as they begin the Spring semester

  • Pray for new transfer students and students who spent the last semester away as they adjust to life on campus. Pray that  all will be warmly welcomed and enfolded into the community, finding a place of belonging.

  • Pray that, as members of Christ’s Body, we will distinguish ourselves from the prevailing culture as true followers of Jesus.

Wishing you the blessings of a new year!

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team