Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Great outcomes for Wheaton graduates

Each May at Commencement, Wheaton sends graduates off into the world to pursue their hopes, dreams and careers. Judging by a survey of the most recent graduates, the members of the Class of 2014 are doing well. Ninety-eight percent of those who responded have been successful in achieving their professional aspirations within six months of graduating from Wheaton.

98 percent63% Employed
22% Graduate or professional school
6% Volunteer and National service (including AmeriCorps, City Year)
4% Fellowships--Fulbright (9), Watson (2), other (2)
Data based on a knowledge rate of 70 percent for the Class of 2014

Overall, the Class of 2014 had 376 graduating seniors. According to a survey conducted by Wheaton in which 255 members of the Class of 2014 responded, 63 percent were employed, 22 percent were in graduate school, and 13 percent were involved in competitive fellowships, internships or national service as their primary activity within six months of graduation.

“Results like this compare favorably to any institution in the country. Wheaton continues to attract great students who do amazing things while they are here and after they graduate,” said Wheaton College President Dennis M. Hanno. “What’s impressive is the variety of ways that our newest graduates find success. That speaks to both the quality and flexibility of our programs, and most importantly, it affirms the value of a Wheaton education.”

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is collecting data from institutions of higher education that volunteer the information. NACE is the leading source of information on the employment of college graduates. It also forecasts trends in the job market, and tracks starting salaries, and recruiting and hiring practices.

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Wheaton in top 10 for Fulbrights

For the 10th consecutive year, Wheaton College has earned a top ranking among the nation’s liberal arts colleges for its success in preparing students to win U.S. Fulbright awards for advanced study and work abroad.

Fulbright_Top Scholar Producer-15Wheaton’s 2014–2015 Fulbright Scholars include:

  • Nicholas Cicchinelli ’14 (Moldova)
  • Jennifer Irving ’14 (Malaysia)
  • Bailey McWilliams ’14 (Panama)
  • Alexis Nieves ’14 (Brazil)
  • Montana Rogers ’14 (Bulgaria)
  • Matthew Sexton ’14 (Poland)
  • Savannah Tenney ’14 (Taiwan)
  • Ashley Wich ’14 (Greece)

The U.S. Department of State in February announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014–2015 U.S. Fulbright students. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in a February 12 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Wheaton’s nine 2014–2015 Fulbright Scholars placed it in a tie with four other institutions (Hamilton, Lewis & Clark, Grinnell and College of the Holy Cross), producing the seventh-most number of scholars among liberal arts schools. The college ranked sixth overall in the percentage of Fulbright nominees who win the award, with a 35 percent success rate. The average success rate among top Fulbright-producing colleges is 25 percent.

“Wheaton’s success in preparing students for study and teaching as Fulbright Scholars is great news for our students who win the award, but it also reflects the quality of the educational opportunities we provide to all students,” President Dennis M. Hanno said.

“Six months after graduation, ninety-eight percent of the Class of 2014 have found jobs, begun graduate school, or are involved in volunteer work and fellowships such as the Fulbright,” Hanno said.

Wheaton’s 2014–2015 Fulbright Scholars are conducting research, studying, and teaching English in locations from Europe to Southeast Asia. The scholars include Nicholas Cicchinelli ’14 (Moldova), Jennifer Irving ’14 (Malaysia), Bailey McWilliams ’14 (Panama), Alexis Nieves ’14 (Brazil), Montana Rogers ’14 (Bulgaria), Matthew Sexton ’14 (Poland), Savannah Tenney ’14 (Taiwan) and Ashley Wich ’14 (Greece).

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A minute with …

Joshua Gomez ’15Joshua Gomez ’15, who is majoring in psychology with a minor in chemistry, spent his winter break interning at the Santa Barbara County Clinic in California. He gained experience that will be helpful in the career he has planned in medicine. Examining procedures: “Working in the public health lab, I assisted biologists in processing numerous types of specimens. The most interesting aspect of the work was tracking patients from disease conception to post-treatment. I had primary exposure to the biological and psychological journeys that patients underwent as they were treated for their illnesses. These interactions strengthened my interest in epidemiology and public health.” Handling challenges: “A sudden outbreak of influenza during my time there required multitasking, which was somewhat challenging. The toughest part was prioritizing each specimen, especially when higher priority patient samples would arrive later in the day. I frequently found myself juggling a lot of high priority cases at once.”Gaining insight: “Working in the lab has fortified my understanding of independence. Many of the protocols I used had either been explicitly taught or prefaced in my Wheaton curriculum. It was satisfying to be able to enter a professional setting with both confidence and curiosity. Ultimately, I discovered I could place trust in myself and my previous knowledge, working both independently and with lab staff. I cannot thank my professors enough for the degree of preparation they have instilled in me. My lab work at Wheaton, mainly through Professor Jennifer Lanni’s ‘Microbiology’ course, was invaluable.” Planning ahead:“Ultimately, I would like to become a doctor, and this experience exposed me to novel aspects of medicine such as serology. Since the procedures that occur in the lab are often ‘invisible’ to doctors and patients, this internship gave me a greater understanding of the steps involved in treating the ill.”

Watson wins

Two graduates will spend their first year after Wheaton traveling around the world studying the preservation of sacred objects and how grassroots efforts are improving public health in underdeveloped countries.

Lindsay Koso ’15 and Nana Asare ’15 each won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a $28,000 award that enables graduating college seniors to pursue a self-designed global research project. They join more than a dozen Wheaton students who have received the prestigious award in the past 30 years. [Read more...]