Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Welcome, Class of 2015

Members of the Class of ’15, pictured above, end their first day on campus with the traditional candle-lighting ceremony at Peacock Pond. The following day, Hurricane Irene visited campus.

In August, Wheaton welcomed 457 students into the Class of 2015 (selected from 3,600 applicants).

They came from all around the globe. International students from the freshman class hail from hometowns as diverse as Istanbul, Mumbai, Athens and Shanghai. On this continent, they come to us from places far and near, including San Francisco, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Santa Fe, N.M.

Their accomplishments are impressive. This group of 18-year-olds has traveled the world; earned high honors in academics, sports and the arts; and demonstrated a range of leadership experience. Here are just a few of the things they’ve done:  

  • Nedim Uysal conducted turtle research and tagging in the British Virgin Islands.
  • Xiaochuang Wang designed a roller coaster.
  • Kerri Sejour sang at Carnegie Hall.
  • Erke Li grew up in a house with 20,000 books.
  • Peter Dassati played competitive hockey in Russia.
  • Keyu Wang raised $4,000 for earthquake victims in China.

By the numbers:

  • 3.45 on a 4.0 scale, average grade point average
  • 70% Graduated in the top 25% of their class
  • 75% Involved in service
  • 29 Countries represented
  • 27 States represented

Top six states: 

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island

9% With alumnae/i relatives

36% Male

64% Female

22% Identify as Asian, black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander or multiracial

About Michelle Monti

Michelle Monti is associate director of communications.