Wheaton College is a classic, selective, private, coeducational liberal arts college. The college boasts 1600 students hailing from 43 states and 68 countries. Wheaton’s 400-acre campus is ideally located in suburban Norton, Massachusetts, 35 miles south of Boston and 20 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island.
Most classes are relatively small: the student-faculty ratio is 11:1 and the average class size is between 15 and 20. Wheaton’s rigorous academic offerings include 46 majors and 66 minors – the most popular are psychology, English, economics, neuroscience, biology and political science. Students are also permitted to work with faculty members to design self-declared majors. In addition, Wheaton offers dual-degree programs, enabling its undergraduates to begin graduate-level study in studio art, communications, engineering, business, theology and optometry.
A unique part of the Wheaton curriculum requires students to complete "connections" which approach a variety of topics from the perspectives of different disciplines. The course selection is extended further through the college's cross-registration programs with Brown University and nine other local colleges. Students may also participate in semester-long programs offered at other U.S. institutions in subjects ranging from environmental science to documentary studies, or spend a junior year at one of the member schools in the Twelve College Exchange Program.
Experiential learning is a key component to a Wheaton education. Each year, $600,000 is awarded in internship stipends and to support student research and travel. Study abroad is encouraged – on average 45% of the student body participates in an overseas program offered in 60 different destinations around the world. Wheaton also has a unique partnership with Royal Thimphu College, the first private college in the country of Bhutan. On campus, the Wheaton Research Partnerships (WRP) encourage faculty/student research partnerships in all academic disciplines.
"That They May Have Life and Have it Abundantly"
As for extracurricular activities, there are over 100 student-run clubs and organizations. The on-campus coffee house, the Lyons Den, is fully operated by students. Annual traditions include a regatta during which students race manmade “boats” across the campus pond, and Holi, when undergrads celebrate the end of classes by dousing each other in powdered dyes and water.
Wheaton fields 21 varsity intercollegiate teams in addition to numerous club sports programs and intramural activities. The school's varsity teams play within the NCAA Division III and in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Wheaton's mascot is a Lyon, named after founding principal Mary Lyon.
Kudos and Recognition
Wheaton College is consistently ranked amongst the top liberal arts colleges by various publications. In 2011, Newsweek/The Daily Beast placed Wheaton at number 19 of 25 in their "Braniacs" schools ranking. U.S. News & World Report ranked it 60th in Best Liberal Arts Colleges in 2013. The Princeton Review also recognizes Wheaton as a standout Northeastern college and as one of the 378 best colleges in the United States. Since 2000, over 170 prestigious scholarships have been awarded to Wheaton students, including 3 Rhodes.
Wheaton partners with families to make a high-quality education accessible. We award merit scholarships to 35% of the students we admit. In addition, Wheaton administers over $30 million in funds annually through our academic scholarship, need-based financial aid and financing programs.
Gail Berson, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Student Aid