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Wheaton College

Wheaton, ILwww.wheaton.edu
Wheaton College is a small liberal arts school west of Chicago founded back in 1860 by an evangelical abolitionist. Students are passionate about academics and spirituality, and the school is committed to providing them with a solid education and evolving devotion to their faith. Students take on tough academics and develop personal relationships with professors, who offer advice not only on schoolwork but also on life. Most students agree that being close to Chicago is a definite plus, especially at such a small school where it can be hard to escape the "Wheaton Bubble." The community is close-knit, however, and many students forge the closest friendships with their dorm mates. Students have to adhere to Wheaton's Community Covenant, which prohibits undergraduates from using alcohol or tobacco, or holding dances without official college sponsorship, so there's no typical college partying save for the underground few. For fun, Wheatonites can participate in campus sports, gospel choir, cultural clubs and student ministries, and the school hosts theater productions and improv shows for weekend entertainment.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$48,800
% of students who get any grants
75%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,900
Average price for low-income students
$15,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
79%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1290/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,544
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
85%
% of students who get merit* grants
22%
Average merit grant
$6,343
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$22,500
Average salary within 3 years
$49,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
31%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 10

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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