Wheaton, IL
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Recent Reviews

Katie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wheaton College is a great place to have that Christian community that everybody needs. The students and faculty are very nic...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wheaton College is a great place to have that Christian community that everybody needs. The students and faculty are very nice and welcoming and want to see everyone succeed to their full potential.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That they are very anti-social and perfect; focused only on their academic work

Amy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a small liberal arts college that allows you to get your hands into a lot of different things if you are pro-active. Th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a small liberal arts college that allows you to get your hands into a lot of different things if you are pro-active. The woman on campus are rumored to be smarter than the men since it is harder for them to get accepted, and it shows through the amount of female leadership on the campus. People are very active, the food is good, and the library is full.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body of Wheaton has been diversifying over the years. The one consistent thing has been the 50/50 ratio of girls to guys (perfect for those with the ring by Spring mentality). Although you will find few LGBT students (at least those who are open about it...and there are some), the socio-economic and racial groups on campus are multiplying (praise God). From those committed to simple living, to those who drive their Hummer down the street for class, most students find a place in Wheaton's social scene. Out of all the sports teams, the football team is the most "tight" and exclusive (they sit in the same place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the dining hall...duped "the fish bowl").

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Heck no. The campus perhaps on average is more conservative than most, but it is very well-rounded, active, conscientious, and fun.

What are the academics like at your school?

Wheaton students love to talk about what they are studying in and outside of the classroom. Professors are very excited to be available for a "Dine with a Mind", or during office hours, you just have to be proactive to see them, because no one is interested in babysitting you. The art department is small, but it is a great place to get special attention. Professors are willing to work with you in many different directions, and encourage you to do internships, and get experience "in the real world".

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There does exist a "Wheaton Underground" that still manages to break the covenant socially, but I would not suggest it. If you are looking for it, it is not hard to find, but if you are unaware, then you probably would not fit in anyway. Most people are involved in some sort of club or organization. As a Freshman, you often get excited and join a few...and by Senior year are either in nothing because you have been over spent, or because you are now involved in activities outside of Wheaton. Underclassmen in dorms have "Open Floor" nights, where members of the opposite sex are allowed in your room (with the door open) until 10 or 11pm. This at first seems lame and strict, but is actually embraced and often celebrated as you get older. Upperclassmen can members of the opposite sex over any time before 2am and after 9am (which turns out to be more like 6am). The Upperclassmen apartment thing is OFTEN not enforced and broken (having found men sleeping on the floors of my friends apartments). There are fun events such as "Kingdom Runs", where your floor, team, or group of friends streak to the "For Christ and His Kingdom" sign out on Blanchard lawn. This often happens at night...and often with guys more than girls. About half the campus dates, although it often seems like more. A handful (more than most colleges...but again, not as many as it seems) of Seniors have a ring by Spring. There are no frats. There are good music concerts, and there is cheap ice cream. Chicago is 45 min away by train ride and is a MUST at least twice a semester (some people go every week).

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That everyone here is conservative, narrow minded, and never has fun.

Claire
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not all. We have a lot of fun- there's a ton of stuff to do around the Chicago area, and if you're bored, it's your own faul...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not all. We have a lot of fun- there's a ton of stuff to do around the Chicago area, and if you're bored, it's your own fault. There's always something going on around campus...with or without your boyfriend/girlfriend!!! Wheaton is in fact a campus swarming with beautiful people--both boys and girls.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors really care about their students and are always responsive to different needs. Students study often, academics and grades are taken very seriously at Wheaton--you don't get in if you aren't already very smart and hard-working.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

All we do is study, and we don't have any fun...unless we're searching out a husband or wife.... We have an abundance of the beautiful...and handsome....

Will
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wheaton is the community. There is an immediate sense that you belong to a group of people who actually...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wheaton is the community. There is an immediate sense that you belong to a group of people who actually care about you, as soon as you step on campus. Just about everyone will smile at you on the sidewalk, or say hi. The school's somewhat small, and I feel like a lot of people I talk to have never heard about Wheaton, but maybe that's part of the reason for the tight-knit community.

Describe the students at your school.

A lot of the students seem to make too big of a deal about racial issues. It's not that they are racist, in fact it's quite the opposite. There is such a hype about racial sensitivity that, rather than making race a non-issue, as I would prefer, it brings race to the forefront of thought by incessantly encouraging everyone to think about the racial implications of their comments or actions.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

somewhat, but there are definitely people who couldn't care less about the covenant

What are the academics like at your school?

Most of the students at Wheaton take academics seriously, and they are not left feeling unchallenged in class. As a result, many of the students who got A's just by being smart in high school don't want to put out the extra effort to bump up those C's and B's. Professors really care about the students. I have had several occasions when extenuating circumstances have caused me to seek out my professors for individual help, or to ask for extensions to deadlines, and professors have been gracious and understanding. Unlike many schools I've visited, most professors at Wheaton actually care about the students that they teach, and if you take the time to talk to them, they will take the time to listen.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Aside from joining a club or team, there's not a whole lot to do at Wheaton. You could walk around downtown, throw some frisbee, or drink coffee at a local shop, but there's not much else. If you want excitement, go to Chicago. There is always something happening, whether it's a concert, play, musical, or art exhibit. The closeness to Chicago, and ease of access via the train makes the hum-drum nature of Wheaton incredibly bearable.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Most people think that we are incredibly sheltered, sexually inactive, out of touch with real culture, and would never even think about touching alcohol or drugs.

Charlie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like that the community is smaller...your friendships are more deep and real. Wheaton is the cutest little town and downtow...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like that the community is smaller...your friendships are more deep and real. Wheaton is the cutest little town and downtown wheaton is a walk from campus. Everyone is for the most part ridiculously nice and that is pretty great. the friends you make her will be your lifelong friends, no doubt.

Describe the students at your school.

AMAZING. sometimes i feel like i am best friends with everyone on campus.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

for the most part yes, but we are all human too...some people drink, smoke, have sex, etc. but the population that does so is VERY, EXTREMELY few

What are the academics like at your school?

Intense academics. Wheaton has been coined the Harvard of the Midwest. Professors are super nice and are close with their students. because the community is so close, your classes will most likely be just as close and the depth is amazing!

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

active and engaging. CHICAGO a train ride away--so fun!

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

good little christian kids in a bubble who don't drink, smoke, have sex, etc.

Allison
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wheaton's size is just right; it's small enough where you can know many of the people around you, but not too small where you...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wheaton's size is just right; it's small enough where you can know many of the people around you, but not too small where you never meet new people.

Describe the students at your school.

Wheaton has students from all over the country and the world, giving you so many opportunities to learn about other peoples' backgrounds.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at Wheaton are challenging...but they are enjoyable and you actually feel like you're learning something valuable.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Wheaton's proximity to dowtown Chicago is a huge plus...there is always something going on!

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

there is a wheaton underground. and there always will be, but if that's not what you're looking for, you'll never find it. n...

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

there is a wheaton underground. and there always will be, but if that's not what you're looking for, you'll never find it. no one lies better than a depressed christian

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

hahaha. no, though they are until you get to know people for real.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics are sometimes all that go on at wheaton, which is a little sad, but it is also the reason that they are so good. so, i guess it's a catch 22. as far as professors go, it's generally hit or miss, though far more hit here than at other schools. still, i have had bad professors, and professors that i have loved, and far more of the latter. don't really plan to be easily employed without grad school, possibly the reason that 80% of wheaties go on to grad school of some type?

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

everybody has it all together, all the time, until they don't, and then they go crazy for a little while

Jenn
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Half of them are. Most of the students here are Caucasian and rich. There's always your one stuck-up student here and there, ...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Half of them are. Most of the students here are Caucasian and rich. There's always your one stuck-up student here and there, but not as many as expected. When it comes to world knowledge, a lot of students haven't experienced something different other than home and college.

What are the academics like at your school?

You ask people what they're doing and more than the time they'll say studying. This is definitely not a party school, but that's ok if you truly want a good education.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They're white, rich, arrogant, and clueless about the "real' world.

Andy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The food gets old. Basically, a cafeteria is a cafeteria after three or four weeks. But it is good, it just gets old. Down...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The food gets old. Basically, a cafeteria is a cafeteria after three or four weeks. But it is good, it just gets old. Downtown Wheaton is, well, quaint (read white bread). But the train to Chicago is great, I go to the city all the time.

Describe the students at your school.

It's pretty WASPy around here, but other people fit in pretty well. The William Osborne Society (black culture club) is really active on campus, and their performance ensemble sings at chapel as often as the chapel band. It can be tough being from outside the midwest sometimes, but people are generally really accommodating. Sometimes people say things that are offensive and just don't realize how narrow their views are, but I think it sort of gets taught out over the course of four years. There are some people who are really sheltered in their first 18 years at home, but there are also people who have seen genocide first hand in Rwanda or lived with people on FBI watchlists in Pakistan. The campus is really diverse in terms of experiences, which is a lot of fun just getting to know people.

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

Wheaton is a great place! I am so glad I came here at the end of every day (I have some really suck afternoons though...)

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There are people here who are the reason these stereotypes exist, obviously, but for the most part if those words don't describe you, there's still a lot of places for you to be. I am not conservative by any measure, but have found community here with people who are. I am not type A and people are fine with that. Actually I'd say teh Type A stereotype is probably the most quoted and least accurate.

What are the academics like at your school?

All the professors are really good. You won't like them all, but they are all really good. Class participation is encouraged in most classes, there are a few large lecture sections, but they get fewer as your years progress here.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The best way to describe girls at Wheaton: It is easier to maintain a Crystal Meth addiction al four years of school than it is to hook up with a girl here. People feel this need to have hyper-serious dating relationships, which can be quite annoying.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They are nice Christian people, obnoxiously conservative, very Type A, judgy people.

Line
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is small enough that news or gossip travels fast and far but big enough that you won't know everyone you see by na...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is small enough that news or gossip travels fast and far but big enough that you won't know everyone you see by name. People spend most of their time in their room, the only (semi)private place on campus. When I tell others that I go to this school, I either get a "WOW! That's great!" or "Oh God I hate that motherfucking school. Why are you going?!" The administration can be over-powering and encroach into your personal life if you get caught doing anything wrong, especially sexual. There's a big thing about appearances here, as there is in the Evangelical world at large but here it's concentrated in a nice little you-can-walk-everywhere campus.

Describe the students at your school.

The vast majority of students are white, middle-to-upper class Americans. Though, there is a high missionary and international student population that helps to balance things out. Most all are protestant and highly religious. There are rules here which are strictly enforced, so hardcore rebels are sure to feel out of place here, but there is a constant underground where one might find company. Minority students are celebrated and highly honored. This is a very let's-get-more-diversity place. Though there are many cliques. Most are based on organizations one is involved in (many are culture-based like Indian Culture Club, Koinonia, and North Korea Club), namely the football team, though others are by academics. Students who go abroad in the Human Needs and Global Resources program tend to stick together; so do students with similar interests, like the unofficial Anime Club, who watches anime together once a week.

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

Only go to this school if you're sure that you won't change. When I applied, I was a goodie-two-shoes perfect virgin, Christian little woman. Now I'm not, and it's making this place a lot more difficult. Only sign the Community Covenant if you really want to live by it.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Only for a select few. Everyone here was the top dog at his/her high school and Wheaton is a very humbling experience. Most people, after time, lose their superiority complex and learn to live saner lives.

What are the academics like at your school?

The classes are fairly small for the most part, and while the general education requirements are easy enough, the actual major coursework can be quite vigorous. Don't even start to think that since this is a Christian institution that the work will be easy. Aside from that, the professors are all really nice people who are more than willing to help you, work with you, listen to you, talk to you. Most every professor you've ever had will remember your name. Since this is a liberal arts institution, the focus is not as much on getting a job as learning and becoming a better person over-all, though we do have a very good and prevalent Career Services department and the pressure that comes from any institution with the constant question after "What's you major?": "What are you going to do with it?"

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are a lot of planned official activities, none of them involving alcohol. There are also a few planned unofficial activities, very few involving alcohol. You would probably hardly hear about the last named unless you were really trying. As far as dorms... most people leave their doors closed, especially during open floor, it seems. People are fairly serious about studying and tend to do it mostly in the evening to late at night. The most common time to goof off during the week is in the afternoon, which can extend to the first while of darkness. During the weekend, people are usually out and about or doing homework or trying to avoid doing homework. Dating is fairly all-or-nothing here. Either you're not dating anyone at all ever or you're engaged. I work to keep my dating casual, but it is fairly against the grain here. With that said, obviously, there aren't many random hook-ups unless you're a part of the underground. I met my closest friends through random encounters. A lot of people tend to be closest to those with whom they live, but it doesn't always have to be that way. There aren't any official sororities that I know of, but some girl's cliques might as well be them.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone is extremely nice and involved in a million organizations and extra-curricular activities all while taking 18 hours (the max without overloading) and getting A's in every class. Oh yeah, and active and involved in a church and leading a Discipleship Small Group and... all with a smile on their faces.

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