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, 95 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 based on a knowledge rate of 65% for the classes of 2014 through 2021.
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
A lifetime of learning that includes graduate, doctoral and professional studies
Our graduates earn admission to the nation’s most prestigious graduate and professional schools, and their Wheaton education helps prepare them for the rigors of advanced study.
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
- 115 U.S. Fulbright Fellowships
- 25 Watson Fellowships
- 15 Gilman International Scholarships
- 22 Davis Projects for Peace Grants
- 9 Rotary Grants
- 8 Truman Scholarship
- 4 Marshall Scholarships
- 5 Udall Scholarships
- 6 Beinecke Scholarships
- 4 Goldwater 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
U.S. News and World Report
Ranked #89 overall and #64 best value among all liberal arts colleges and #81 on the guidebook’s list for Top Performers for Social Mobility.
Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal
Ranked among the top 100 U.S. liberal arts colleges (57th) and 160th among all U.S. colleges and universities in the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal 2022 College Rankings. In the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings in 2022, Wheaton was ranked in the Top 10 in the United States for gender equality and Top 25 for reducing inequities.
Included in the Best 388 Schools: 2023 Edition. Wheaton also ranked #16 for Best Science Lab Facilities, #21 for LGBTQ-Friendly school and was recognized as a Green College.
Ranked #104 in Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America in Niche 2023 Best Colleges.
Named one of Newsweek’s Best Maker Schools (2021), which highlights institutions with innovative programs that demonstrate the ingenuity and community engagement that are hallmarks of the maker movement.
Ranked #40 on Money Magazine’s Best Colleges in America 2022 on the Best Liberal Arts Colleges list. on the Best Liberal Arts Colleges list.
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.
Satisfaction with the value of their education
Stats from recent Wheaton and off-campus student surveys, including the National Survey of Student Engagement, Association of American Colleges and University Employer Survey, Graduate Outcomes Survey
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
Getting to Success
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