Wheaton College

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26 E. Main Street

Norton, MA 02766

Phone: (508) 286-8200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Wheaton College is a private institution that was founded in 1834. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,616, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 473 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wheaton College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 65. Its tuition and fees are $45,074 (2013-14).

Located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, Wheaton College can be found in the town of Norton, Massachusetts. Originally founded in 1834 as a female seminary, it became a women's college in 1912 and finally began admitting men in 1988. Students admitted to the college have the opportunity to select from about 40 majors and more than 100 student-run clubs and organizations. Academically, students are required to complete "connections," a series of linked courses that approaches a subject matter from different perspectives and disciplines, giving the student a broad, wide-ranging view of knowledge. As a residential college, Wheaton requires most students to live on campus, although off-campus housing can be arranged if needed. Students can choose to live in traditional residence houses or themed houses, which place students with like interests in the same living area. Known as the Lyons, Wheaton College sports teams compete in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division III, and the college fields 21 intercollegiate teams for men and women.

Students looking to extend their educational experience have the opportunity to cross-register at Brown University or at eight other local colleges in the Southeastern Association for Cooperation in Higher Education in Massachusetts for courses not covered in the Wheaton curriculum. The honor code is an important feature of Wheaton College, and all students are required to practice it during their college career. As part of the code, most tests and exams are not proctored and students are often permitted to complete the exam away from the testing location. Freshmen admitted to the college are required to complete the First Year Seminar program, which gives students the opportunity to learn in small classes through reading and regular discussion. Notable alumni of the college include National Medal of Science winner Dr. Mary Ellen Avery; Christie Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former EPA director; and Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Keener.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The college offers a challenging program--simply referred to as the Wheaton Curriculum--that offers students the flexibility to pursue their interests fully while also exploring the breadth and depth of the liberal arts. The program enables students to make connections among disciplines. Through a series of linked courses Wheaton students can approach the same topic from two or more academic perspectives. What's the benefit of this approach? Through connected courses you will discover doorways (which others don't yet know exist) to deeper understanding of the subjects most important to you.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1834
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $159,484,340


When applying to Wheaton College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 15 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Wheaton College is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.3 percent and an early acceptance rate of 75.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.3%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Wheaton College is 11:1, and the school has 65.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wheaton College include: Psychology, General; Economics, General; English Language and Literature, General; History, General; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 77%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 13%
Economics, General 9%
English Language and Literature, General 9%
History, General 7%
Political Science and Government, General 6%

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Student Life

Wheaton College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,616, with a gender distribution of 36 percent male students and 64 percent female students. At this school, 95 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 5 percent of students live off campus. Wheaton College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,616
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Wheaton College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Wheaton College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Wheaton College, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Wheaton College.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Wheaton College, 65.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $28,526.

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Tuition and fees $45,074 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,500 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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