Wheaton College

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Wheaton College is a Christian, liberal arts school located in Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Wheaton is well-known for its tradition of combining high-quality academic education with a strong faith. The school offers over forty undergraduate majors in the arts and natural sciences.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheaton #15 among liberal arts colleges for providing the best undergraduate teaching in the nation. Wheaton was listed 20th by Time Magazine for graduates who go on to receive PhDs.

The student body is composed of about 2,500 undergraduate students. Wheaton students come from all over the U.S., more than fifty foreign countries around the world, and more than fifty denominations of faith.

Wheaton College was established in 1860 by John Blanchard, a pastor and well-known abolitionist.

General Information

Admission Office

501 College Avenue

Wheaton, IL 60187-5593

(630) 752-5005

(800) 222-2419

Fax: (630) 752-5285

Contact: Shawn Leftwich

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

501 College Avenue

Wheaton, IL 60187-5593

(630) 752-5000


Total undergrads: 2,366

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 581

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,344

Graduate enrollment: 549


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 62%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 96%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business/Managerial Economics B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B


Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B
Religious Education B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Wheaton College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (630) 752-5000
Website: www.wheaton.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: www.wheaton.edu/admissions-and-aid/undergraduate-admissions/apply-to-wheaton/
Address: 501 College Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187-5593
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,004
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 89%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,859 (95% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $37,700
Out-of-state Tuition: $37,700
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 88%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $20,409

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Wheaton College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Wheaton College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 132
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
Health Professions and Related Programs 21
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 13
Social Sciences 71
Theology and Religious Vocations 1231
Visual and Performing Arts 7
Grand total 243111

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Wheaton College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $37,700
Out-of-state $37,700
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $16,800
Out-of-state $16,800

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 539 88%
Grant or scholarship aid 531 87% $20,409
Student loan aid 320 52% $6,312

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,891 79% $18,259
Federal student loans 1,177 49% $6,220

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Wheaton College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Wheaton College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,889 847 1,042
Percent admitted 100% 86% 84%
Percent admitted who enrolled 33% 34% 31%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Wheaton College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,004
Undergraduate enrollment 2,395
Graduate enrollment 609

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Wheaton College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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