Thoughts from the Dean at the end of the college search
Posted on November 29, 2012
Dear Prospective Wheaton Parent,
It may feel like winter outside, but not in the Admission Office! The application review season is heating up. Counselors have put their suitcases aside and pulled out their sweatshirts and jeans; it’s time to sit back, pour that cup of tea and settle in front of the computer for a season of reading!
I hope the series of emails that we’ve sent over the last few months has provided useful guidance during your family's college journey. (If you missed any, check the archives on our special webpages for prospective parents.) I wanted to write one last time to reflect on the value of a Wheaton education. In the classroom and on the field, Wheaton students are among America's most distinguished college graduates. Their achievements here and in the world beyond this beautiful New England campus reinforce the strength of their preparation for meaningful engagement in the world. In fact, Wheaton’s continued strong ranking in winning Fulbright Scholarships (6th among liberal arts colleges) underscores their success. Whether pursuing careers in law, medicine, business or education, Wheaton graduates consistently describe their campus experience as transformative. We hope your student will seek those opportunities at Wheaton, too.
The world is increasingly complex, and the global economy is ever-challenging. Rest assured that Wheaton will work with you and your student to finance an education. There is no better investment that we as parents can make than in our children’s preparation to live as global citizens in today's complicated world. Wheaton invests more than $31 million annually in financial aid, and we offer a significant merit scholarship program, too.
Take a deep breath – you’re almost through the process! We promise to read every application with the greatest care as we assemble what we know will be an impressive Wheaton Class of 2017. I hope you’ll be in touch if you or your student has any questions. This message may be crossing electronically with your student's application, but I wanted to share some last thoughts with you as this part of the process draws to a close.
My best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year.
Dean of Admission and Student Aid