Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois
4-year Private university


Wheaton College is a private institution established in 1860 with a suburban setting located at Wheaton. It is ranked 56 in National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $43,930 (2024). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,187. It practices a semester-based academic calendar. The college believes academic excellence, Christian commitment, and leadership are the essential ingredients to a liberal arts education. Freshmen are welcomed into the school with an orientation that includes multiple lunches with current students, a formal event with the faculty, and a sightseeing trip to Chicago, which is 25 miles east of the campus. Wheaton College believes in four building blocks for an education: attending classes, going to chapel, participating in extracurricular activities, and living on campus. Students are required to live on campus during their career at Wheaton and can choose to live in residence halls, campus apartments, or campus houses.

#56 in National Liberal Arts College
Location Wheaton, Illinois
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1860
Selectivity Unselective
Size Small
2,187 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $45,713
Outstate Tuition Fee $45,713
Room and Board Fees $13,512
$35,783 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


89% (Unselective) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
$0 Application Fee
3.7 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

95 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is native language

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$34,875 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$18,689 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $57,040
60% Students with need received Financial Aid
15.8% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships
Total Worth $12,000 to $20,000 per year
Eligibility --
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
National Merit Scholarships
Total Worth $80,000 ($20,000 per year)
Eligibility --
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships


2,187 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
93% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
79% Students graduate within 6 years