Wheaton, IL
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Recent Reviews

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

It's very challenging academically, and it's very competitive. Everyone is very motivated and desires to do well in school, s...

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It's very challenging academically, and it's very competitive. Everyone is very motivated and desires to do well in school, so it is hard to stand out and have great success. But the education is amazing and you will learn a lot when you apply yourself.

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

It's really important to decide what are the absolutes you really want in your college, and then the things that you would like but aren't completely necessary for you. Things like distance from home, money, campus community, athletics; they were the absolutes for me. Things like college size and academic programs were things that I was less strict about. Based on those absolutes, I found the most ideal colleges and applied. Don't settle for anything less that you really want. As far as attending college, I've found that it is so important to take innitiative in everything. It's harder for some people than others to realize that we are not children anymore, and we make the most out of our college experience. YOU have to seek out meaningful relationships, YOU have to make yourself do your homework, and YOU have to grow and learn on your own. It's also vital to have priorities and live according to them. That is preparation for life after college. You have to know why you're living and what you're living for, and that will give you motivation and purpose while you learn and grow in college.

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

The community can be somewhat too conservative. Most people who attend Wheaton are fairly conservative Christians. That's not a bad thing, but people tend to be a little naive about what the real world is actually like.

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

so, for college students, i have some advice for making the most out of college. college is a unique point in life when you'r...

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

so, for college students, i have some advice for making the most out of college. college is a unique point in life when you're being molded into the person you will become, so you don't want to leave college the same as when you arrived, you want to leave being affected by everything you've learned and experienced. When we're too busy partying, or studying, we don't ask ourselves the big questions, like why we believe what we believe, who is it we want to become, and how do we make sense of the world around us. college is a safe place to make the transition from kids to adults, so don't leave without having made sure that you have a worldview that is big enough to make sense of the world around you. so on a practical level, ask questions, go to guest lectures, have discussions with fellow students about tough issues. But i think most importantly, hang out with your proffessors, hang out with older adults that you know. they will help you to ask the big questions and make sure that you're getting the most out of your college experience.

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

the people here are really great. everyone is really nice and friendly. you find that you will meet people here who you can trust, who you will be friends with long after college. the faculty and staff are also incredible and will have meals with you and sometimes invite you over to their houses. we have alot of fun and theres no alchohal involved, which stinks sometimes, but then again, i don't think i would get to know people as well if we were drinking all the time. so anyway, wheaton has a great community. and really good food.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

its a conservative christian school, so this school doesn't fit with alot of people. but for those would fit the criteria (being christian and having money to afford it), then you shouldn't come if you have a problem with being accountable to a community. you should also not come if you are wanting alot of diversity or like to live on the edge of social standards. don't come if your major isn't offered, and don't join the conservatory of music unless you're dead sure that you want to be a musician for a living.

Michael
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Billy Graham and Jim Elliot, and that New Mexico secretary general who was involved in a scandal a few years back. In the ar...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Billy Graham and Jim Elliot, and that New Mexico secretary general who was involved in a scandal a few years back. In the area, Wheaton is known as the uppety Christian school where kids sign a binding agreement which states they will not smoke, drink, or fornicate while they are in attendance of the institution (a No Fun policy to some)

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

When looking for a college, try viewing on a weekend when 4 million other parents and students WONT be there. This gives a good view of what the campus is really like during the school term, not just decorated to welcome you and your loved ones. Also, try and find a few different students to interview (different majors, different ethnicities, from different states/nations, some that love the school, and some that dislike it intensely). Asking them even a few questions can give a good overall view to the school. School should be an enjoyable time; the school should make an attempt to aid the student on focusing on school and not having to worry about paying back loans ASAP. The work load should be ample enough to cause the student to think and grow in knowledge, but not so overbearing that the student has no time for a social life. And if needed, a job should be easily manageable with the work load. Faculty and staff should understand that some students have to work to stay at school and be sympathetic to the reality that a lot of students face nowadays.

What kind of person should attend this school?

White, Christian, Conservative, Midwestern Suburbanite--we wouldn't want to upset the balance now would we? Also, you must be a type-A overachiever who took all AP classes and was involved in at least 10 extra-curicular activities in high school. OR you could be a football player and ignore all the previous statements and get into this school on the highly-coveted Football Financial Aid Program.

Alyssa
What's unique about your campus?

Integrated faith and learning, especially in my literature and theater courses.

What's unique about your campus?

Integrated faith and learning, especially in my literature and theater courses.

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

Do not go to college just as a stepping stone for your future career. That is important, especially in the sciences, but it is more important to choose a college that will enrich you as a person. It is likely that you will change careers several times in your life, so the most practical thing is not an extremely specialized education but being secure in who you are and what you are capable of doing. Use college to learn to balance independence and community, to help you work through what you believe, and to give you the tools and mentors who will help you become a well-rounded person with good problem-solving skills. Those things will help you no matter what you do. (If you want to work in a career that requires an extremely specialized education, that is what graduate school is for.)

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

We know coming in what kind of basic belief system the professors have, but there is a lot of freedom within that system. I've been pleasantly surprised by my professors' and friends' variety of perspectives considering the school is so ethnically homogeneous. People seriously wrestle with how to be a complete person and aren't satisfied with easy answers.

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

When you choose a college, you should consider practical issues such as academic reputation, tuition/financial aid, campus en...

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

When you choose a college, you should consider practical issues such as academic reputation, tuition/financial aid, campus environment, etc. However, the important thing is your attitude once you get there. Don't assume too much. You will find that reputation isn't everything- sometimes the weird people make the best friends, and sometimes the presigious professors are lousy teachers. If you've never dated before, don't start your freshman year.

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

Too many students are here under false pretenses; they say they love God but their actions say the opposite.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is serious about academics and wants to know God better; someone who is not afraid of hard questions, someone who realizes (or will be able to learn) that you can respect people without agreeing with them; someone who is not gullible; someone who can handle living in the suburbs.

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

It is a healthy and challenging place to learn and grow.

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

It is a healthy and challenging place to learn and grow.

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

Choose the school where you will learn and be challenged the most.

Adam
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Wheaton is best know for being the premiere Christian College in the United states and probably in the world.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Wheaton is best know for being the premiere Christian College in the United states and probably in the world.

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

Take the process very seriously; don't make some glib, spur of the moment decision based on where your girlfriend/boyfriend is going (or best friend for that matter). Make the decision that suits your needs best and make the decision very carefully. There is no feeling worse than being at a school that you absolutely hate.

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

The wosrt thing about Wheaton is that it is a very expensive school and the Financial aide office isn't looking to do you any favors. Unless you were born a Missionarie's child you probably are not going to recieve any help.

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

A great place to learn and grow closer to Christ.

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

A great place to learn and grow closer to Christ.

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

The friendly community of Wheaton College and the surrounding area, and the fact that it's located close to one of my favorite cities...Chicago.

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

Find a place where you know you'll be comfortable. For instance, decide if you'd prefer a large student body or a small one. Look at the setting...is it in a city, suburb, or in it's own town. Make sure the school has a major you're interested in pursuing, and if you're undecided make sure they have a variety of majors that you might be interested in. Look at schools that are appropriate for your level of learning...don't look at terribly difficult schools if you're an average student. Look at a school that will work for you, but still be a challenge. Make the most of your college experience by getting involved in campus activities. Especially your first two years, this is a great way to get to know new people and find out where you fit in. Take classes you enjoy, but also branch out and take something outside of your major. It's good to be well-rounded and it will enhance your learning experience overall. Work hard, but also make sure you enjoy the time you have at school because it goes by so fast!

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.

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