Brainy rep

We hate to brag about how great Wheaton students are, but we appreciate when other people are doing it.


Case in point: The Daily Beast/Newsweek 2011 college rankings, which included a list of America’s 25 Brainiac Schools.

In order to find “where brainiacs flock and flourish,” Newsweek/The Daily Beast measured the number of scholarships awarded at each institution in proportion to its student enrollment.

The list weighted students who have won the most competitive fellowships in academia. This includes Rhodes, Marshall, Gates Cambridge, and Truman scholars as well as winners of the Fulbright award, which is the largest international exchange program based in the U.S.

Since 2000, Wheaton students have won 139 of these prestigious scholarships (not that we’re counting).

In compiling the list, the two publications also considered other factors, such as the percent of freshman in the top 10 percent of their high school class, the percent of applicants admitted, and SAT scores for math and reading using data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Five Massachusetts colleges made it on to the list: Harvard, MIT, Williams, Wellesley and Wheaton.

Yeah, we love it.