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Wheaton College

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Located on a beautiful campus a short distance from Chicago, Wheaton College is a Christian liberal arts college that seeks to relate Christian principals and beliefs to modern society. The curriculum is designed to combine learning and faith in order to lend a biblical perspective to studies in order to perpetuate the belief in God and Christ in the world.

The school has an active athletics program. The Thunder have several varsity sports and are extremely competitive in their division. There are also club sports available for students who cannot or do not want to participate at the varsity level. There is also an active campus life at Wheaton, including life in the residence halls and the opportunity for students to participate in numerous academic, religious and social student organizations. Students attending Wheaton get a well-rounded, Christian education in an environment that promotes leadership, friendship and scholarship.


Undergraduate Studies

Wheaton College offers over forty undergraduate minors and nearly twenty graduate degrees and certificates in a variety of different subjects. There are only two undergraduate schools at the college and they are the College of Arts and Sciences and The Conservatory of Music. Students seeking to obtain degrees may choose from such mainstream subjects as English, phsychology, physics, biology or political science, but the school offers unusual classes that are not so easily found at other places. These subjects include the study of ancient languages, anthropology, and the environment. There are also Christian-based degrees in such areas as Biblical Archaeology and Biblical and Theological Studies. Wheaton College offers students the chance to earn specialized certificates in such sectors as gender studies, pre-law, youth ministries and military science while they are earning their undergraduate degrees.

The Conservatory of Music offers six different music degrees and and trains students in four different areas of music including composition, teaching, scholarship and performance. All of the ensembles and overseas study programs are available to every Wheaton student and not just those enrolled in the Conservatory.

Students who wish to earn a degree in less traditional manners may choose to do so by participating in the Overseas Program or the Remote Program. The college strives to provide many and varied study-abroad type programs and depending upon the student’s choice, the studies may be focused or interdisciplinary. An example of a focused program is the study in English literature that allows a student to study in England for during an eight-week summer course. There are also interdisciplinary studies such as the interdisciplinary Asian studies program that focuses on an array of topics including history, religion and philosophy. Students participating in this program may take part in field trips to such places as Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong. There are several other diverse programs that students may take advantage of during their educational career at Wheaton.

Graduate Programs

Wheaton College offers doctoral degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies and Clinical Psychology. Master’s degrees may be earned in nearly twenty areas including Biblical Archaeology, Clinical Psychology, Theology and several different areas of teaching.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate students will apply to either the College of Arts and Sciences of to the Conservatory of Music. Both have very similar admissions requirements, but the Conservatory requires a couple of different documents. Both schools accept applications in two separate periods, with all students starting in the fall semester.

Students that choose to apply in the Early Action period must submit their application and all required documentation by November 1 of their senior year and will have a decision by December 31. Students applying in the Regular Action period must have their completed application packet submitted by January 10 and decisions begin being sent April 1. Transfer students must have their application packets submitted by October 1 and will have a decision as early as November 1.

Applicants to both schools will need to complete the application either online or by downloading the PDF version and mailing it to the school. The application fee may be submitted via check, e-check, money order or online credit card payment. It should be noted that payment by e-check will delay the application by six business days. Official high school transcripts with class rank, if available, SAT or ACT scores and the High School Report available via the school website are also required.

Other documentation required by both schools include an academic recommendation from a core teacher as well as a Pastor’s Recommendation. This may be completed by the applicant’s pastor, youth pastor, former pastor, Bible study leader or other church official. Prospective art majors are encouraged to submit a portfolio as well.

Application Requirements for the Conservatory of Music are a bit different. Students applying for Early Action must apply by November 1 and audition by December 5. Regular Action applicants have to apply by January 10 and audition by February 27. In addition to the above stated requirements and the audition, prospective students will also need to submit a Music Information Profile and two Music Recommendations, one of which must come from a private lesson instructor.

Graduate Admissions

Each graduate school has separate requirements, so prospective students need to educate themselves on the requirements of the school that they wish to enter. Some things that are required across the board are an application and fee, personal references, pastoral recommendation, graduate school preparedness testing and a resume.

Financial Aid

Wheaton College offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants and federally-subsidized loans. Students should begin the process of applying for aid by completing the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) that is available starting in January every year. Applicants should be aware that financial information for both the student and family will be required when completing the form and should have this information readily available when starting the application.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The Wheaton Thunder are an NCAA athletic club that offers a variety of varsity sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and track and field. Men also have the option to participate in baseball, football and wrestling while women may additionally choose from water polo, softball and volleyball.

There are also several club sports offered for students to participate in including crew, hockey, lacrosse and soccer. Wheaton provides club sports as a way for students to participate in managed and funded sports at an intercollegiate level but below the level of competition and dedication required by varsity sports.


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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 2 0.07
Burglary 8 0.26
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.03
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 14 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.00
Robbery 7 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 94 0.18
Larceny 674 1.27
Vehicle theft 7 0.01

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wheaton, IL 60187-5593
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population61,481 (61,481 urban / N/A rural)
Households21,537 (2.69 people per house)
Median Household Income$75,242
Families15,595 (3.23 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUndenominational
Congressional District1706

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 529th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $30,880 $30,880 $30,880
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,287 $1,287 $1,287
FT Graduate Tuition $17,640 $17,640 $17,640
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $735 $735 $735
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $42,390 $42,390 $42,390
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $42,390 $42,390 $42,390
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $33,620 $33,620 $33,620

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $28,960 $30,120 $28,960 $30,120 $28,960 $30,120
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $816(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,220 $8,560
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $8,560
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $2,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $2,000

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,959 (817 male / 1,142 female)
Admitted 1,346 (624 male / 722 female)
Admission rate 69%
First-time Enrollment 598 (287 male / 311 female)
FT Enrollment 598 (287 male / 311 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment2,993

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Basketball Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Baseball Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Track & Field Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc

ACT Test Admission

58th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 62%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 27 / 34
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 31
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 27 / 32

SAT Test Admission

72nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 58%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 600 / 720
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 610 / 700
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1210 / 1420

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,124
Meals per Week18
Room Fee$5,150
Board Fee$3,620

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 31 19 28 57 4 684 10 838
Anthropology 3 18 21
Archeology 4 4
Art/Art Studies, General 1 6 20 27
Bible/Biblical Studies 2 29 31
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 5 32 1 41
Business/Managerial Economics 1 3 52 56
Chemistry, General 1 11 12
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 2 2
Clinical Psychology 8 1 1 4 1 33 48
Computer Science 3 1 4
Economics, General 1 14 15
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 2 19 24
Engineering, Other 2 4 6
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 51 54
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies 5 5
French Language and Literature 3 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 1 13 16
German Language and Literature 1 1
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 1 37 40
History, General 4 18 22
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies 1 17 1 19
International Relations and Affairs 1 2 1 3 17 24
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mathematics, General 2 23 25
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology 4 1 5 2 12
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 8 10
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General 1 3 11 15
Music Teacher Education 1 10 11
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music, General 1 1 4 6
Music, Other 1 6 7
Philosophy 2 17 19
Physics, General 1 11 12
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 18 20
Psychology, General 2 1 2 7 1 24 1 38
Psychology, Other 5 1 6
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Religious Education 8 2 4 32 1 47
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Sociology 1 2 7 10
Spanish Language and Literature 1 14 17
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 4 1 25 35
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 6 7
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 3 1 18 1 23
Theology/Theological Studies 2 2 1 36 1 42
Urban Studies/Affairs

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 992nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,953 ($78,032 male / $67,668 female)
Number of FT Faculty 200 (128 male / 72 female)
Number of PT Faculty 306
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $6,859,076

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