Who are we, really? Here are a few facts about us—some interesting tidbits about the Wheaton experience, our campus and our current student body (including a rundown of our latest first-year class).

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Key numbers

Key numbers
Established 1834
Student population 1,700
Academic programs 100+
Norton, Massachusetts, campus 400 acres
Distance from Boston/Providence 35/25 miles
U.S. Liberal Arts College (ranking by Money magazine). Read more. Top 40
Students living on campus (4 years of housing guaranteed) 96%
Success rate for Wheaton graduates, within 6 months outcomes. (See more outcomes*) 95%
Alumni 23,000
Countries where alumni live 80


Residence halls (including a brand new hall opened in August 2019) 19
Places to dine, including traditional dining hall, grab-and-go and cafés 4
Wheaton’s Innovation Spaces on campus include the Fab Lab, Fiber Lab, Digital Lab, The Shop and more 10
Center for entrepreneurship (Idea Lab) 1
Theaters 2
Art galleries 2
Student-faculty research labs 23+
Telescopes on a rooftop observatory 24
Ponds 1
Competition-ready athletic fields 5
Outdoor tennis courts 7
Athletic center with pool, courts, indoor track and other facilities 1
Discovery Center including research and teaching labs and the state-of-the-art Nursing Suite 1

Educational experience

Educational experience
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
Average class size 15–20
Student internships, funded through Wheaton 200+
Students guaranteed access to internship funding 100%
Study abroad programs in more than 45 countries 100+
Dual-degree programs and degree partnerships with nearby institutions (e.g. communications, engineering) 5
Programs with pre-professional prep and advising (e.g. law, medicine) 12
Number of prestigious scholarships and fellowships won since 2000 (e.g. Rhodes, Fulbright and Watson) 250+
Pieces of artwork and artifacts in the college’s permanent collections 7,000+

Student life

Student life
Student clubs and organizations 100+
Men’s and women’s NCAA Division III and Intercollegiate teams 24
Club and intramural sports 13+
U.S. states and foreign countries represented at Wheaton 40/40
Theme houses, where students live around a shared interest such as the outdoors, politics and film/new media 16
Students employed on campus (2022–23) 45%
International Students 5%
Students of color 25%
Female/Male Ratio 64%/36%

First-year class profile

New students, Fall 2023
Applications 4,702
Accepted 3,354
Enrolled 522
Men 32%
Women 68%
Domestic Multicultural 26%
International Citizens 4%
States & Territories 28
Countries 22
Mean GPA (unweighted) 3.7


Top Majors/Academic Interests at the point of admission

  1. Psychology
  2. Business and Management
  3. Nursing
  4. Education
  5. Biology
  6. Computer Science
  7. Creative Writing
  8. English
  9. History
  10. Pre-Medicine

*Results based on a knowledge rate of 65% for the classes of 2014 through 2021.