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
Majors and minors 100+
400-acre campus Norton, Massachusetts
Distance in miles from campus to Boston/Providence 35/25
U.S. Liberal Arts College (ranking by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education). Read more. Top 50
Students living on campus (4 years of housing guaranteed) 96%
Success rate for Wheaton graduates, within 6 months. See more outcomes. 97%
Alumni 19,000
Countries where Alumni live 80

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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

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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 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+

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Student life

Student life
Student clubs and activities 100+
Men’s and women’s NCAA Division III sports teams 21
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 (2019–20) 49%
International Students 7%
Students of color 27%
First Generation Students 22%
Female/Male Ratio 60%/40%

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First year class profile

New students, Fall 2021
First year class profile
Applications 3,751
Accepted 3,089
Enrolled 510
Men 37%
Women 63%
Domestic Multicultural 25%
International Citizens 4%
States & Territories 29
Countries 11
Mean GPA 3.63 (unweighted)


Top Majors/Academic Interests at the point of admission
  1. Psychology
  2. Business and Management
  3. Biology
  4. Education
  5. Environmental Science/Studies
  6. Pre-med
  7. Film & New Media
  8. Creative Writing
  9. Computer Science
  10. History

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