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Wheaton College - Illinois

Wheaton, ILwww.wheaton.edu
Wheaton College is a small liberal arts school west of Chicago founded back in 1860 by an evangelical abolitionist. Students are passionate about academics and spirituality, and the school is committed to providing them with a solid education and evolving devotion to their faith. Students take on tough academics and develop personal relationships with professors, who offer advice not only on schoolwork but also on life. Most students agree that being close to Chicago is a definite plus, especially at such a small school where it can be hard to escape the "Wheaton Bubble." The community is close-knit, however, and many students forge the closest friendships with their dorm mates. Students have to adhere to Wheaton's Community Covenant, which prohibits undergraduates from using alcohol or tobacco, or holding dances without official college sponsorship, so there's no typical college partying save for the underground few. For fun, Wheatonites can participate in campus sports, gospel choir, cultural clubs and student ministries, and the school hosts theater productions and improv shows for weekend entertainment.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$49,800
% of students who get any grants
80%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,000
Average price for low-income students
$16,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
85%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,356
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
84%
% of students who get merit* grants
23%
Average merit grant
$7,358
student success
Graduation rate
89%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$22,440
Average salary within 3 years
$51,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
31%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 10

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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