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Next Genius Announcement

Wheaton partners to promote critical thinking with Next Genius in India

Wheaton College in Massachusetts will partner again this year with Next Genius, a Mumbai-based educational initiative that seeks to promote the importance of critical thinking.

The college will award a full-tuition scholarship to one of the top candidates in the nationwide competition that includes thousands of students.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Next Genius again this year,” said Grant M. Gosselin, vice president of enrollment and dean of admission and student aid. “Our partnership with Next Genius met every expectation we had in introducing us to some of India’s top students. Wheaton has an extraordinary commitment to enrolling a diverse group of students from around the world to enhance the educational experience for all students, and we are thrilled to have India so well represented in the Class of 2020.”

This year’s entering Class of 2020 has broken a number of records, including its distinction as the largest in the college’s history. The class also boasts the largest number of international students for an incoming class. In total, Wheaton welcomed eleven students from Indian high schools this fall, and the relationships that the college has built in India are a significant part of that success.

Wheaton currently enrolls1,650 students who represent 72 countries as well as 39 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Among this talented group of students is Anoushka Agrawal, Wheaton’s inaugural Next Genius Scholar.

A student from Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai, Agrawal was selected from a pool of 16,900 test-takers nationwide. Ten scholarship finalists were identified from the examination’s top ten percent of test-takers and were interviewed in person in Mumbai by Wheaton College President Dennis Hanno and Dean Gosselin. “The interview process was a wonderful opportunity to personally meet the ten exceptional finalists from this impressive group of students," Gosselin said.

Now enrolled in her first semester at Wheaton, Agrawal says her experience with Next Genius and Wheaton College has been outstanding.

"Having a college education from across the globe was the biggest dream (for me) and this scholarship has made this dream a reality," she said. "At Wheaton, the relation of the professors and staff and their constant warming interaction with the students is something I love. The number of possibilities I have to spend my time academically and socially makes me very happy."

The college’s partnership with Next Genius is part of a larger strategy to promote Wheaton College in India and attract more students from this important part of the world. Dean Gosselin also spent three weeks last fall visiting more than 30 high schools in seven cities throughout India.

Wheaton’s Class of 2020 students from India enrolled from the following schools:

  • Greenwood High School, Bangalore
  • American International School of Chennai, Chennai
  • La Martiniere College, Kolkata
  • Cathedral Vidya School, Mumbai
  • Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
  • Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai
  • Mithibai College, Mumbai
  • Podar International School, Mumbai
  • United World College – Mahindra, Pune
  • Bluebells School International, New Delhi
  • G.D. Goenka Public School, New Delhi

The college is building on the success of its first year of intensive admission recruitment in India. Admission officers have already conducted visits this fall. And Dean Gosselin and President Hanno will return to Mumbai to meet with prospective students and families this November. The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai on Sunday, November 13.  Learn more about this event.

The Next Genius project is the brainchild of the National Academy of Future Leaders that seeks to link schools and organizations in India with institutions in the U.S. and Europe. Wheaton’s Gail Sahar, professor of psychology, serves on the organizations’ Academic Board.



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