What's so special about Wheaton College? Glad you asked.
Ideally located in Norton, Massachusetts, between Boston and Providence, R.I, our residential campus is one of the most beautiful in New England. Prospective students and visitors often say our campus has a very relaxed feel. It's no wonder—we're a friendly community. With a 11:1 student-faculty ratio, students know their professors as teachers, advisors and often as friends. The campus is always buzzing with energy. Throughout the year, fun activities, celebrations and academic events keep people busy and connected. Wheaton offers a personalized academic experience leading to a bachelor of arts degree, with 47 majors and 59 minors. All students take connected courses which encourage interdisciplinary work. Our students have a reputation for academic excellence. Since 2000, Wheaton students have won 201 prestigious scholarship awards, including 3 Rhodes Scholarships. Our approach to education is inclusive and diversified, emphasizing a truly multicultural community. Wheaton's reputation is directly connected to our pioneering history and dedicated leadership.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) ranks Wheaton's athletic program among the top 20 percent in the country. The NCAA Division III athletics, intramural and club sports, and recreation programs are a vital contributor to campus life and Wheaton's excellence. Over the past few years, Wheaton has made a commitment to focus on sustainability issues, on and off campus. A new apple orchard will leave a sustainable legacy for many years to come.
Wheaton College is committed to principles of equal opportunity in admission of students, its educational programs and employment.
History and Mission
Wheaton was founded in 1834 as a female seminary and chartered as a four-year liberal arts college in 1912. The college became coeducational in 1988, and its Phi Beta Kappa chapter was established in 1932. On July 15, 2014, Dennis M. Hanno became Wheaton’s eighth president.
Throughout history, our reputation for academic excellence is a direct result of pioneering leadership. Today, we share with past generations the rich academic tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. At the same time, we benefit from a host of curricular initiatives begun during the past two decades—new programs that help us explore ideas and concepts across academic disciplines, link academic study with learning outside the classroom, appreciate diversity in all its forms, and see ourselves as active members of a global community.
Official Mission Statement: Wheaton College provides a transformative liberal arts education for intellectually curious students in a collaborative, academically vibrant residential community that values a diverse world.
At Wheaton, we focus all our energies on doing one thing incredibly well: creating opportunities for our students to learn, lead and achieve. Our distinctive liberal arts education combines rigorous academic study with real-world experience. Nearly every student (96 percent) will complete at least one internship or other experiential learning project before they graduate.
The college’s strength begins with the faculty: renowned researchers, scholars and artists as well as dedicated teachers and mentors. Their commitment to teaching shows in the way professors work closely with students beyond the classroom, on projects that put theory into action.
The value of what we do is reflected in our well-earned reputation for student achievement. Since 2000, more than 180 Wheaton students have won prestigious international scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright awards. For eight consecutive years, the college has ranked among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the nation in preparing Fulbright Scholars.
Our residential campus buzzes with activity, too. We host visiting artists, musicians, writers, scholars and public intellectuals each semester, in addition to events featuring our students and faculty. In addition, we field 21 NCAA athletic teams, host more than 100 student-run clubs and offer a full intramural sports program.
In short, Wheaton is a very dynamic and friendly place. My door is always open to you. Please visit often!
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