Welcome, Class of 2014

In August Wheaton welcomed 459 first-year students representing the Class of 2014 (3,600 applied). They’ve traveled the world, earned high honors in academics, sports and the arts, and demonstrated a range of leadership experience—all by the age of 18! For example: Ashley Pelzel achieved more than 800 hours of community service; Hammad Hassan spent four years reading the Koran in Arabic; Elizabeth Howe is a nationally ranked equestrian; Robert Fox builds longboard skateboards; Emily Baldwin worked with security clearance at the Sandia National Laboratory; and Alessandro Aquista blogs as a restaurant critic.

Freshman class at a glance:

Average grade point average: 3.45 on a 4.0 scale

Graduated in the top 25 percent of their class: 80 percent

Involved in service: 84 percent

States represented: 30

Countries represented: 26

Top six states:


New York



New Hampshire


Family ties: 12 percent with alumnae/i relatives

Male: 33 percent

Female: 67 percent

Diversity: 23 percent identify as Asian, black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander or multiracial

All in the (Wheaton) family

The Quarterly is planning a story about the generations of families who have chosen to send their students to Wheaton. Has your family chosen Wheaton over and over again? If so, we want to hear about who in your family has come here and the reasons that led them to the decision. Share your stories! E-mail us at quarterly@wheatoncollege.edu.