Wheaton College offers students a quality education in the perfect location, enabling students to enjoy the residential atmosphere on campus and the nearby city life conveniently. Located near both Boston and Providence, Wheaton College provides students with an even balance of academic and social advancement opportunities through professional and employment services, internships and specialty programs. The English Language and Literature department is one of the most popular attractions at Wheaton, followed by the popular Economics program and growing Psychology department. The College is proud to offer an 11:1 student-faculty ratio that enables students the attention they deserve and need to optimize their education.
By providing students with a large selection of over 40 majors and 60 minors, Wheaton College is able to continuously build its curriculum on student success and growth opportunities. In order to establish this, staff, faculty and board members are actively involved in continuing education, professional and economic trends, in order to provide the most up to date and beneficial programs for students. Wheaton College encourages students to challenge their education consistently by incorporating a vigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, a healthy selection of clubs and organizations to help build leadership skills and personal services for additional support structures.
Founded as a female seminary school in 1834, Wheaton College was not chartered as a four-year college until late 1912. Bearing a heavy focus on academic leadership amongst women, the College established accreditation for their own chapter of Phi Betta Kappa just twenty years later in 1932, enabling students with a complete balance of social and academic support to enhance their college experience. Helping women to establish themselves morally, socially and academically was one of the main priorities of the founders and was showcased throughout the early curriculum. In 1988 the facility became fully coeducational and operating under the current name.
Wheaton College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and actively renews its accreditation every ten years. The most recent accreditation review was completed on July 1, 2010.
Upon the integration of the school into a coeducational facility, Wheaton College also incorporated a more diverse curriculum as well – adding more science and professional based courses. By the seventh presidential term, served by Ronald A. Crutcher, Wheaton had developed a unique inter-scholastic structure that enables students the advantage of a liberal arts core education that focuses on their individual field of professional studies. Both time and evolution has inspired Wheaton College to help students take advantage of hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom, as the founders had envisioned.
The mission statement of Wheaton College is showcased directly in daily campus life. Providing students with an environment that encourages them to transform into stable-minded, intellectually and socially groomed adults and leaders within the community is made a daily priority. While becoming involved with the various clubs and organizations throughout campus or simply participating only for support or entertainment, students are surrounded by a productive, diversity accepting atmosphere of their peers and mentors. It is a community away from home that established a second home for students, helping them to gain their education and their independency.
All students follow a strict Honor Code on campus and amongst each other to ensure the safety, respect and acceptance of all students, staff and faculty members at Wheaton College. The Honor Code represents one of the many traditions that Wheaton College was created by early students and passed down through the generations since 1921. Student Services is available to provide academic, social and spiritual counseling assistance to students throughout the school year. Campus life at Wheaton College delivers nothing less than a wide variety of intercultural programs, as well as various activities and events organized by student members of the various clubs and organizations. Many students enjoy spending their leisure time utilizing the recreation and fitness center to their advantage.
Many incoming students commonly inquire about the food selection while living on campus. Wheaton College students have their choice in a wide range of dinning choices located on and off campus that will suit any taste preference. Since the majority of students live on campus, there are two residence dining halls located on campus that offer early morning and late evening hours to accommodate all student schedules. There are over ten residence halls for students to form with peers, delegated by special interest and study majors to provide an easier transition for students. All residential housing facilities are governed by trained peer leaders and faculty counselors to ensure student safety and comfort without violating their privacy or space.
Wheaton College offers dedicated attention and assistance to both students and their families regarding the financial aspect of college life. There is a substantial amount of funding options that Financial Aid Counselors are available to help explore. Both local and international students are encouraged to apply to multiple funding programs to ensure consistent funding throughout their program term. All students are eligible for a variety of merit based aid upon admission, as well as athletic and artistic awards that can help reduce the cost of tuition and expenses. All financial assistance is determined by need and performance.
More than 60% of Wheaton College students receive some form of financial aid while attending school. Wheaton College proudly accepts all forms of third party and government funding including but not limited to FAFSA and PROFILE loans. Students and their families are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Financial Services before the start of each semester to determine their individual needs and financial requirements to secure proper funding.