Wheaton, IL
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Tyler
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wheaton College grants an education beyond the academic; it emphasizes wholeness of life in the physical, spiritual, mental, ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wheaton College grants an education beyond the academic; it emphasizes wholeness of life in the physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The emphasis upon academic proficiency is heavy at Wheaton, and professors are eager to build students rather than simply teach them without concern for the development of that learning.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I can give concerning choice of college is a campus visit while class is in session. Simply observing the way a student body interacts with one another and with professors will grant you a feel for the overall ethos of the campus environment. Attend class and observe whether or not the professors stay after, make themselves available for personal discussion, and have a willingness to invest in your life and education. The classes that make the most impact are primarily dependant upon the professor and the atmosphere established for learning the material. Making the most of your college experience involves approaching it with an open mind, aware that your expectations may not be met each day. Friendships ebb and flow, classes are good and bad, but in every instance you can learn something not only about life but yourself; college is a wonderful place to learn and explore--take that opportunity and make the most of it.

Justin
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wheaton College is a school that strives to be faithful to God and the holy scriptures while pursuing truth in this world and...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wheaton College is a school that strives to be faithful to God and the holy scriptures while pursuing truth in this world and in so doing, developing students into whole people who are equipped to go out into the world to make a difference for the better.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Wheaton College is best known for it's academic rigor while still maintaining a spiritually nurturing environment for the growth of young Christian adults. It is very well known for it's Bible and Theology Departments. Students are required to take 14 credits of Bible and Theology before graduation. Wheaton College is also the alma mater of Billy Graham. It holds a committment to integrating the Christian Faith with honest exploration of our world through scholarly study. Alumni of Wheaton say that they developed their identity during their years at Wheaton.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding a school that ?fits? you is crucial to choosing a school. First, you have to identify what it is you want in a school. If you have a solid idea of what you want to do for a career, it is wise to find a school that has a renowned program in that field. But what if you don?t know what it is you want to do? In this case it is best to choose a school that has a lot of majors to offer because chances are, you will change your major at least once in the next four years. Do you want to be close or far away from home? Speaking from experience, 4 or 5 months away from home can be hard if you never have the chance to go home. Also, if you are going to be missing your state every day, maybe it is best to attend school in state. Remember that if a school doesn?t work out, it isn?t the end of the world. These years are meant for you to form your identity but don?t rush it. Enjoy college because you will always look back on these years.

Alex
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Compared with other schools I considered, Wheaton College was the place where I felt the students were most authentically com...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Compared with other schools I considered, Wheaton College was the place where I felt the students were most authentically committed to their Christianity and this is a large reason why I chose to attend. If you are truly committed to your faith, want to attend a small, suburban liberal arts college, don't especially mind cold weather, and are decently bright, then seriously, Wheaton is amazing. I absolutely loved my time here (I'm graduating in December '08).

What's unique about your campus?

My favorite event on campus is the once-monthly communion service called All School Communion. It is a wonderful time to rest in the Lord, take a break from school and busyness for a couple hours, and worship. I didn't go to this service at all during my freshman year and am regretful about that. So overall, the best thing about Wheaton is the people. In my experience, everyone is really friendly and happy to get to know you. Also, most students are sincerely committed to their Faith which is great because you can see it in their lives.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important part of choosing a college is visiting and staying overnight with a student who is involved in some of the activities in which you are interested. If you are religious, try to meet with some of the people involved in the religous group to which you belong to on campus. The visits to the various schools to which I applied were probably the deciding factor for me on which school to attend. In fact, there was one school to which I decided not to apply as a result of visiting and staying overnight. The best part about the college experience is unquestionably the friendships you build. So, to make the most of your college experience, meet as many people as you can and cultivate friendships with them. Be friendly and outgoing (but not insincere). Go to social events and get involved in groups where you can meet like-minded people. This may be difficult if you are an introvert, as I was during my freshman year, but I cannot stress enough how important this is. Put yourself out there; you'll be glad you did.

Jaime
What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

At times, some of the upper classmen can be very cynical about life, the church and the college. It seems to be becoming les...

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

At times, some of the upper classmen can be very cynical about life, the church and the college. It seems to be becoming less so, as the student body is realizing the problem and attempting to correct it, but it still exists

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is extremely important that both parents and students visit the college and get to know some of the students possible soon-to-be peers. In doing so, the parents will be comported knowing that their child has a place to fit in upon starting college. For the student, it allows him to have friends already, so that he doesn't have to worry about making them while also learning to balance classes and social life and adjusting to living in a dorm away from home. Additionally, by spending an extended period of time with students of the college, the student is able to get a less contrived picture of what the college is really like.

Libby
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are two pieces of advice I would give a high school student and his parents regarding the college application process t...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are two pieces of advice I would give a high school student and his parents regarding the college application process that at first may seem paradoxical. My advice is to start early and to be active in the college search, but also to not gain too many worry lines from the process. Choosing the right college is important because college is an incredible time for academic and personal growth. These four years are fleeting, fun, and should not be taken lightly. Therefore, it is never too early to research colleges or to think about one's top priorities for college. At the same time, the college admissions process gets more competitive with each year, and it is easy to get caught up in the hysteria. While being a well informed applicant is a must, there is no need to orient all of one's life or activities solely toward college. Getting accepted to the best school must not be the 'end all, be all' for anyone. Instead, one should look at applying to college as a privilege and trust the fact that everything will work out for good in the end. Because trust me, it will work out well.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Wheaton is friendly and community oriented, and I'm growing spiritually

Kellie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I believe that selecting a college is one of the most important decisions parents and students will make together. It is the ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I believe that selecting a college is one of the most important decisions parents and students will make together. It is the time when a student will begin to shape their world view and ultimately decide who they want to be in this world. There are so many distractions along the journey to educational success and choosing a school that protects and points their students in a healthy direction is most beneficial. You are embarking on a season of many unknowns and unfamiliar surroundings. The wonderful thing about attending a thriving institution is that many have gone before you and can attest to the school's reputation of greatness. Take advantage of school programs, athletic opportunities, conferences, social gatherings, on-campus housing, and study abroad initiatives. Never be closed minded to what you can acheive and be a part of. We all desire to be a part of something great and this is your time to shine. There are no limits to your abilities. So, rip uo you "cool card" and enjoy the experience of a lifetime, it is a priviledge!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A highly motivated and self driven person. One who is an acheiver and outgoing.

What's unique about your campus?

The community of students and faculty waz amazing!

Gabriel
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates at Wheaton College can best be described as bright but with the sense not to be arrogant with the extent to whi...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates at Wheaton College can best be described as bright but with the sense not to be arrogant with the extent to which they have grasped or mastered the subject material.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's important to remember that a college environment can only shape you so far. When prospective students stress over finding the "right" college, I see it more as a matter of those students straining to understand and be content with who they are and will become. Don't buy into the lie that a college defines you. Instead, when you end up at whatever college, push yourself to contribute and make your presence and compassion a reason for other students to want to attend. If you are stuck in an Ivy mentality, remember that wealth, sophistication, and an aristocratic degree should not be anyone's chief end desire. When we pour out of our own abundance we somehow become supernaturally filled again; see to it that your college experience is one where you give more than you receive and I truly believe that you will not leave feeling or being empty.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing at Wheaton is that students are constantly pushed to do more by the faculty and the administration but it never seems as if we are provided sufficient time to do more.

Garrett
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First off, one reading this must understand that I must speak through my own worldview through which I prescribe my beliefs a...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First off, one reading this must understand that I must speak through my own worldview through which I prescribe my beliefs and hope--that is, my Christian worldview. The answers to the questions of 'why' and 'what are your priorities' are the most important. Why are you seeking a college? What priorities DO you have in an education--are they simply for a career, or is it to become a more wholistic person, able to engage the world in which we live in. The 'why' questions and recognizing your priorites, for one, help find the best place for a person, but they also keep you going once in the place you've chosen. Understanding the 'why' reminds you to keep striving and perform your best, because hopefully your 'why' is tied to your priorities which you will always desire to be fulfilled and satisfied. And if your reasons don't satisfy in the end, that's okay, we learn as we go through life. But realizing that they don't satisfy is the best way to start correcting it as well and reprioritizing and re-asking the 'why's.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

the cynicism on campus and the high-pressure to "have it together"

Tyler
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

An intentionally christian community which promotes a completely and well rounded education.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

An intentionally christian community which promotes a completely and well rounded education.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visiting colleges and talking to the students there is one of the best ways to learn about schools. When you are searching, don't look for a place where everyone is exactly like you are, but look for a place where you can see yourself developing best into the person you want to become. When you are in school, spend time to invest in people. Forming quality relationships is one of the best things about college, and if you become too inundated in academics and extracurriculars, you may lose out on lifelong friendships. Mostly importantly, don't stress. Making the right decision about college is one of the most important decisions of your life, but it is not the only thing in the world. You may never find the perfect college, but that is ok. Part of college, and part of life, is learning to live through imperfect circumstances.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Being surrounded by upper middle class suburbia. We are at least a 30 minute drive from any natural open areas.

Amanda
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Wheaton is both strongly committed to biblical Christianity and academic rigor and success. It's hard to find a school that i...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Wheaton is both strongly committed to biblical Christianity and academic rigor and success. It's hard to find a school that is both, and that's what I appreciate most about it. It's also very big on community, which is why 95% of students live on campus (you have to your first two or three years). Another important aspect of Wheaton is that even though it is a Christian school (and a lot of kids are conservative), it is also very big on social justice. It's what made me into a sociology major!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a college that values what you value. There's a lot to be said for the fact that you get out of college what you put into it, but you will be infinitely happier if the institution you attend has a philosophy similar to yours. That's not to say that you shouldn't broaden your horizons - by all means, do! - but if you value liberal arts, don't go to a vocational school. If you value small town comfort, don't go to a huge state school. Wherever you end up, it will not be the utopia you envisioned: much of your experience at college will be determined by how hard you work to make it great! Remember that college is a time of change and your choice of major - or what school you attend - will NOT define your life. Talk to people in your classes; join clubs; volunteer; appreciate your professors; take a class for fun; study abroad, or at a different college, or take a semester off. College is a time of maturing: do something you know will stretch you - it will, in turn, make you grow.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Wheaton is a Christian community and holds its students to strict standards of behavior. Do not come to Wheaton if you are not a Christian or if you plan on drinking, smoking, etc. , because you will NOT enjoy your time here. Don't come if you are not prepared to sacrifice your social life for grades (an unfortunate reality): classes are HARD. Also, Wheaton is very big on liberal arts education, so don't come if you are expecting vocational study-- you are required to take a lot of gen eds and our career services dept. isnt the best.

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