Students looking for a college want to know that their education will lead to success, and Wheaton graduates are finding exactly that.
How do we define graduates’ success?
- Strong earning power immediately after Wheaton and beyond
- A lifetime of learning that includes graduate, doctoral and professional studies
- Recognition in the form of national and international academic awards and honors
- Satisfaction with the value of their education
- Contributions that make the world a better place
Success after Graduation
Just six months after graduation, 97 percent of Wheaton alumni in the five most recent classes have secured full- or part-time employment, are pursuing graduate/professional degrees or are gaining career experience through internships, fellowships or service opportunities.*
*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 65% for the classes of 2014-2020
Strong earning power immediately after Wheaton and beyond
First jobs for Wheaton graduates
A sampling of six-month outcomes survey results for the classes of 2014-2020
- Data Associate at Amazon.com
- Comedian at Bring Your Own Improv
- Chemist at Colgate-Palmolive
- Data Analyst at Google
- Financial Analyst at JP Morgan Chase and Company
- Emergency Manager at Massachusetts Air National Guard
- Software Engineer at Microsoft
- Page at NBC Universal Inc.
- Director of Outreach at New York City Council
- Editorial Assistant at Oxford University Press
- Bench Scientist at Pfizer
- Software Engineer at Raytheon
Employers recruiting Wheaton students
A sampling of companies and organizations that visit campus to recruit for jobs and internships
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Justice Resource Institute
- Liberty Mutual
- Live Nation
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- New York Life
- State Street
- Teach for America
- United Way
from the past seven graduating classes went on to pursue graduate or professional degrees directly after graduation
enroll in graduate school within five years of graduating from Wheaton
National recognition in the form of national and international academic awards and honors
Eleven consecutive years ranked among the nation’s top 10 in preparing undergraduates to win U.S. Fulbright awards
Wheaton students have received more than 250 national academic awards from 2000 through the 2019 academic year, including:
- 3 Rhodes Scholarships
- 112 U.S. Fulbright Fellowships
- 24 Watson Fellowships
- 15 Gilman International Scholarships
- 19 Davis Projects for Peace Grants
- 9 Beinecke Scholarships
- 8 Truman Scholarship
- 4 Marshall Scholarships
- 5 Udall Scholarships
- 6 Beinecke Scholarships
- 2 James Madison Fellowships
- 2 French Government Teaching Assistantships
- 1 George Mitchell Scholarships
- 1 Humanity in Action Fellowship
- 1 OZY Genius Award
What others say
Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal
Ranked among the top 50 U.S. liberal arts colleges (50th) and 140th among all U.S. colleges and universities in the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal 2020 College Rankings. In the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings in 2021, Wheaton was ranked in the Top 15 in the United States for gender equality and Top 25 for reducing inequities.
U.S. News and World Report
Ranked #84 overall and #53 best value among all liberal arts colleges and #126 on the guidebook’s list for Top Performers for Social Mobility.
Included in the Best 386 Colleges: 2020 Edition and The Top 200 Best Value Colleges.
Ranked in the top 100 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America (84th) and among the Best Colleges for Film and Photography in America (96th) in Niche 2021 Best Colleges.
Ranked #87 among the 282 institutions listed in Kiplinger’s 2019 list of the nation’s Best Value College and Universities.
Ranked in the Top 100 in Forbes‘ Grateful Graduates Index: Top 200 Best-Loved Colleges. This list analyzed a college’s median private donations, gifts per student over 10 years, and alumni participation rate.
One of only 157 colleges selected as a First-gen Forward institution, a national honor that recognizes its commitment to the success of first-generation college students.
said their Wheaton education enabled them to think critically and analytically
say your ability to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than a major
have secured employment, advanced graduate study or fellowship opportunities
Top 10 Graduate Programs
(Ranked by attendance since 2006)
- Harvard University
- Boston University
- Northeastern University
- Simmons College
- Lesley University
- New York University
- Boston College
- University of Massachusetts Boston
- Tufts University
- University of New England
Contributions that make the world a better place
These are a just a few examples of Wheaton changemakers making a social impact locally and globally.
In March 2018, Katelyn Brewer ’07 and USA gymnast Aly Raisman launched the “Flip the Switch” campaign. This campaign provides free training—designed and created by Darkness to Light—for all adults involved in youth sports.
Claudine Humure ‘17 designs a new type of adjustable element for prosthetic limbs and presents a 3D prototype.
Wheaton seniors win Watson Fellowships to explore caretaking, maker culture around the world.
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And the winners are…
Wheaton Alumni Association President Joshua S. Bauchner ’95 honored this year’s Alumni Achievement Awards recipients at the Annual Meeting of the Alumni and State of the College on Wednesday, May 26.
Virtual and in-person celebrations for graduates
Wheaton College’s 186th Commencement was held on Saturday, May 22. The occasion was celebrated in a virtual event as well as in-person on campus in five separate ceremonies with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
Nicole Tadgell ’91 honored for book illustration
Nicole “Nickie” Lee Tadgell ’91, a graphic designer and illustrator, recently won a 2021 Christopher Award for Tiara’s Hat Parade (Albert Whitman & Company, 2020).