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What are the academics like at your school?

Jenny

Academics at Wheaton are extremely rewarding. I can honestly and safely say that the classes I took at Wheaton are some of the most thought-provoking classes that challenged many of my perspectives and urged me to look at subjects from different angles. ALL my professors know my name and all the professors are extremely eager to get to know their students. There is a "Dine with the Mind" program at Wheaton, where students are encouraged to treat their professors to a meal at the cafeteria by obtaining a complimentary meal ticket from the Students Activities Office. I have had three lunches with three different professors this year, when we just chatted about ourselves, the course, and our faith. One of my professor invited the class to his house twice to make up for a cancelled class and to host a review session for a test. Another one of my professor invited the class to his house for dinner and movie. Yes, professors love their students here, and students should definitely NOT take this for granted! Two of my favorite classes I've taken so far are Foundations of Ministry with Dr.Root and Intro to Anthropology with Dr.Howell. Dr.Root taught me what it means to be servants of Jesus and genuinely CARE for others, and Dr.Howell challenged me to think about what the gospel say about diversity and different cultures. This class helped me grow in my faith like nothing else. Since class sizes are relatively small, class participation is quite active. Students here are generally intelligent and challenges each other to think. I have had many intellectual conversations with my peers outside of class that were just as valuable as in class learning. Most students take their learning seriously, yet students are definitely not competitive with each other in a nasty / unhelpful way. Since Wheaton is a liberal arts college, there are many general education requirements, ranging from art survey to lab sciences. Wheaton definitely puts emphasis on the idea of "learning for learning's sake," and I can say that, cliche aside, I have felt the joy of learning here.

Jenny

Academics at Wheaton are extremely rewarding. I can honestly and safely say that the classes I took at Wheaton are some of the most thought-provoking classes that challenged many of my perspectives and urged me to look at subjects from different angles. ALL my professors know my name and all the professors are extremely eager to get to know their students. There is a "Dine with the Mind" program at Wheaton, where students are encouraged to treat their professors to a meal at the cafeteria by obtaining a complimentary meal ticket from the Students Activities Office. I have had three lunches with three different professors this year, when we just chatted about ourselves, the course, and our faith. One of my professor invited the class to his house twice to make up for a cancelled class and to host a review session for a test. Another one of my professor invited the class to his house for dinner and movie. Yes, professors love their students here, and students should definitely NOT take this for granted! Two of my favorite classes I've taken so far are Foundations of Ministry with Dr.Root and Intro to Anthropology with Dr.Howell. Dr.Root taught me what it means to be servants of Jesus and genuinely CARE for others, and Dr.Howell challenged me to think about what the gospel say about diversity and different cultures. This class helped me grow in my faith like nothing else. Since class sizes are relatively small, class participation is quite active. Students here are generally intelligent and challenges each other to think. I have had many intellectual conversations with my peers outside of class that were just as valuable as in class learning. Most students take their learning seriously, yet students are definitely not competitive with each other in a nasty / unhelpful way. Since Wheaton is a liberal arts college, there are many general education requirements, ranging from art survey to lab sciences. Wheaton definitely puts emphasis on the idea of "learning for learning's sake," and I can say that, cliche aside, I have felt the joy of learning here.

Kendall

Class sizes are smaller than average so every student has the opportunity to learn the names of their professors and become close with the professors in their majors. Classes are very interactive, often involving discussions. The work load is rigorous but doable, for the most part.

Emily

Academics at Wheaton are fairly rigorous. After taking some classes at other colleges I realize what a blessing this is. Teachers challenge you, this may be uncomfortable at first, but this is far better than teachers coming from a point of thinking you stupid and incompetent. I would suggest to anyone to take the intro to anthropology class with Dr. Howell, it is absolutely amazing for challenging the way you think. Wheaton students are always talking about the things they are learning in class with others outside of class. That is one of my favorite things about the academics here, I feel like I have my own majors and the majors of my friends because we discuss the different things we are learning. As this is a Christian school, theology is discussed widely, but I like it because it isn't necessarily the heady stuff of books, but rather how we can apply theology to our everyday life. A Wheaton education is very much geared towards getting an education rather than a job. It is about figuring out how to apply knowledge to your everyday interactions and everyday life. I saw once that Wheaton is in the top 10 for percent of graduates going on to get another degree.

Paul

The academics at Wheaton are the only thing keeping me there. They are wonderful. I have grown a lot intellectually since I came to Wheaton. The professors know my name, and classes are small, and I learn a lot from each class I take. The work is hard, and there is a lot of homework, but it is worth it, for me at least, to come away knowing that I learned a lot and got a run for my money.

Allison

besides general education classes, most professors know all the names of the students in their class. the smaller class sizes promote an atmosphere of discussion which is very helpful in the learning process. intellectual conversations are commonplace out of class among most students and students tend to be fairly competitive, especially in the sciences. typically professors are very willing to spend time outside of class answering questions or simply chatting with students. the education at wheaton prepares students well for graduate studies, especially in the health sciences (my experience).

Phil

A lot of the professors have political bents, but that's college for you. There are so many brilliant professors here, and that's what students come for. But what they don't expect is how down-to-earth and genuinely caring these teachers are. They care more about life than about book-learning, and that's quite a gift from such singularly learned men and women.

Amy

Professors really care about their students - I haven't been in a class where there wasn't personal attention and a chance to participate given to all the students. And intellectual conversations can be found whenever wanted - in the dining commons, the hall of your dorm, and anywhere else around campus. Students care about academics, but it's not competitive in the cutthroat sense of the word - they see each other more as friends to be thankful for than competitors to be beaten.

Alex

The academic situation at Wheaton is great and most of the classes that I have taken here have been quite enjoyable. The professors know your name in almost every class and students are definitely not afraid to take the academic conversations outside of class. The academic situation here is not necessarily geared toward getting any specific job but is more of a learning how to learn, and it does its job well.

Rebecca

I was a straight-A student in high school (minus senior year when I consistently earned b's in AP Statistics) but during my first year at Wheaton I made mostly b's with a few c's and a few a's. I took 17 hours first semester and 18 hours second semester. I didn't participate in any extra curricular activities 2nd semester, and only 1 first semester, but things were busy enough as they were. I made a lot of time to hang out with friends (one of the reasons I didn't get involved with many different clubs is because just spending time talking and hanging out with people is important to me.) Anyway, I thought that most of my time would be spent studying - and a lot of time is. I suppose my focus has changed from getting the 'A' to learning as much as I possibly can. That doesn't necessarily mean working myself to death to get an 'A' grade. I think that becoming an intelligent, competent, and joyful Christian is more important.

Sarae

All professors take their classes seriously, even the intro level class such as health, music or art survey. So most classes are challenging. Wheaton is very much focused globally, how to change the world, this is evident in class topics and discussions. The classes are very interesting and thus intellectual conversations and discussions often carry on outside of the classroom. The Political Science/International Relations department is a growing department with some excellent professors. Currently the head of the department is a female and there are more female professors in the department than males. Most of the professors keep their opinions to themselves and encourage the students to decide what they think based on information presented in class. The professors are very intelligent and have brought in some amazing guest speakers too campus. Student Government has a program were you can take up to five professors per semester to a free meal at the cafeteria to talk to them about life or whatever. This program is called Dine With A Mind and has been really enjoyable to get to know professors and find out more about the field you are interested in. Wheaton does a good job of requiring class that provide the students with a good rounded liberal arts education and there are many classes and workshops to help students in their studies and preparations for their future. Career Service is very helpful and useful when it comes to finding a job/internship.

Shelly

I come from a pretty small department (chemistry), but I think that even my peers in larger departments still had meaningful interactions with their professors.  Wheaton students do tend to have intellectual conversations outside of class, which I enjoyed very much.  The education is definitely geared toward learning for its own sake.

David

The professors are what make the academics. Since Wheaton typically has smaller class sizes, the profs normally know your name. most all the profs I've had are extremely personable. I love that my advisor is one of the greatest Archaeological professors in America yet he is totally cool with talking about my life as I chill in his office without an appointment. the professors there are totally there for you. The student body is very intellectual and it really comes out in some of the mealtime conversations I've had. My roomate and I have noticed a continuing trend throughout the sexes. Girls study way too much. During open floor, a week before finals, girls had their doors closed (ie. they didn't want to socialize). Guys on the whole start studying one or two days before the finals. I am an Archaeology major plus an Integrated Philosophy major. people always tell me those are about the two worst majors if I want to get a job. I typically reply, "I don't care; because I like those fields of study." But in actuallity, a degree from Wheaton (especially since it is liberal arts (broad scope of schooling)) will help you in a job search since it is well known for producing good minds.

Steve

The best thing about Wheaton are the professors. Every one of my profs has been incredible, and the 12:1 average student teacher ratio is awesome. The professors not only act like they care about their students, they actually do. And they're more than willing to spend time after class tutoring or simply talking. Yet, there has been quiet, but significant disagreement and animosity between much of the faculty and the often overbearing, conservative administration and current president. This creates added stress for the professors to deal with in and outside the classroom. It is definitely not an easy school, I often find myself wanting to die from all the work-- but it's all worth it in the end. I learned a huge amount this last year (my first year).

Rusty

Though academics at Wheaton are challenging, they are managable. Professors are excellent about taking time outside of the classroom to get to know students and provide extra assistance to students who need it. Professors are also very good at keeping their class in perspective by reminding students that classes provide you with more than just a grade.

Amy

The classes are quite good but quite hard. Don't go to Wheaton and expect to be able to breeze through the classes like you did in high school. Academics will kick your butt at certain points. Most professors are very good and experts in their field. Unless you are in a massive fifty person class they will definately take the time to know your name. You are responsible to take the initiative if you want to get to know them more. All have office hours designed for that purpose and Wheaton also offers "Dine with the Mind." This is basically a chance to give your professor a lunch card and invite the teacher to lunch in the cafeteria on the schools tab. I would say everyone graduates knowing one or two profs fairly well.

Leslie

Looking back, Wheaton has provided me with a solid foundation to continue educating myself for the rest of my life. The liberal arts degree helped me to get a taste of a wide variety of issues, and now I can continue to pursue areas of interest through reading and personal study. My favorite class at Wheaton was called Third World Issues - it was sure eye opening.

Dave

Wheaton's academics are really some of the best in the nation. The nickname, "Harvard of Christian schools" isn't a joke. Students study a ton, work hard, and compete harder. Wheaton, more than a place about learning things, is a place about growing, and that means that learning takes place at all time and in all ways. For instance, professors regularly have students over for dinner, or maintain real relationship with students outside of class. Many students go to the same church as professors, and have relationships there. The very fact of maintaining strong Christian values alongside a strong academic focus leads to many trying conversations, both in class and outside. You will study more than you ever have, you will think more than you ever have, you will have more heated debates than you ever have, and you will grow more than you ever thought possible. I guarantee it.

Jeff

Get ready to work. Ok, the academic environment is tough, but amazing. The professors really invest themselves in their students, especially in the smaller departments. My professors have been very accessible for me to visit in their offices at any time. All my professors know my name and some have even had me over to their houses for dinners. Classes are typically small, I only had one class with over 30 people in it over my 4 years. Students love to participate for the most part and conversations that start in class often times continue outside the classroom at length. The students are very smart. The archaeology department is top notch. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find an undergraduate Near Eastern archaeology program better than it in the entire U.S.

Jake

At Wheaton, your professors will know your name, more likely than not. They truly care about nurturing the whole person in their classes, and, in my opinion, care about learning for its own sake. One of the most interesting classes I took was Discipleship, a practical, challenging course in how to disciple oneself and others in the faith. It was a night class, that I took with 17 other students. In my opinion, we became a family, and engaged the issues that face modern discipleship in a Christian culture that is concerned only with gaining converts. This course, along with others at Wheaton, will challenge your preconceptions, and move your faith to the limits of your comfort zone.

Rachael

The academics at Wheaton are top notch. I started with a double major in English Lit. and Philosophy/ Anthropology (integrated). The professors from all three departments have been amazing, taking time to talk and get to know me, even in introductory courses. Most of the professors are incredibly personable and are very interested in students lives and work. They open their homes to students often. One of my English professors has dinner every thursday night and opens her home to anyone who wants to come. She prepares a great meal and then has a speaker to facilitate a discussion based on student questions. An Anthropology professor opens his home to students to watch movies on Saturday nights. All my professors at Wheaton thus far have been far more interested into forming me into a whole person with knowledge, wisdom, and character rather than just getting grades or preparing me for a job.

Julie

Academics at Wheaton are challenging and enriching, but they're not our entire college life. Our profs are credible, brilliant, and often want to get to know us through eating meals with us, serving alongside us, or inviting us into their homes. Don't leave Wheaton without taking a class from Dr. Gary Burge. It'll change your life and make you fall in love with Scripture.

Stephanie

The typical Wheaton student is Type-A, which many professors note at the beginning of each semester! Professors are constantly reminding us that it is more important to question, interact with, and understand the material being covered than to get straight-As (although they do desire us to get decent grades). Wheaton professors, I've noticed, have more progressive attitudes and encourage students to think more liberally than many of them have been taught to (coming from conservative Christian backgrounds) prior to Wheaton. I have had the opportunity to eat lunch with several professors, and have interacted with many of them in their homes for dinners with other students. One thing I really appreciate about the academic milieu at Wheaton is the conversation had outside of class with other students. I've had many enjoyable and enlightening discussions about sociological, philosophical, literary, theological, (etc) topics with friends and classmates, and this is very common for this school. I also appreciate the upper-level classes (my favorite being a history class about 19th century Paris) and the fact that even gen-ed level classes focus on relating the topic to a larger context and to other disciplines.

Anna

My professors all know me by name, and generally a decent bit about me (not all of the gen ed profs know more about me, but that's because I don't make the effort). I think one of the reasons profs teach at Wheaton is because of the personal investments they get to make in their students - they're concerned with helping us develop into whole people, not just teaching us information. Wheaton students are highly competititve, but usually just with themselves, not necessarily with each other. I have just as many, if not more, deep discussions outside of class as I do shallow, "Did you see what she was wearing?" talks. In the conservatory of music, they do work towards preparing us to audition for jobs, but they also care about helping us truly understand music in all its facets, and not just play our instruments well.

kate

"The Harvard of the Midwest." Don't be scared by the title. Academics at Wheaton are challenging but not impossible. I was a good student in high school. About a 3.7 GPA, 27 on my ACT, but if I didn't play a varsity sport here, I would not have been accepted. I'm doing really well at Wheaton, and getting good grades. College is a different kind of learning process and the way to study for tests is different. If you learn the right way to go about it, though, you'll be fine. I know a good amount of poeple with lower high school grades than me who are doing well at Wheaton. You have to work hard, but you can do it, I promise!

Elizabeth

One of the best things about Wheaton academics is small class size. My profs know my name and talk to me. Academics are definitely pretty serious. There aren't really people who skip classes all the time or don't study, but school doesn't consume your life either. The amount of time I spend studying varies a lot of the time in the semester. There are some really studious people who are in the library like 8 hours a day, but that is not really necessary unless you are way behind on something. Classes can be tough, but i haven't really had a problem keeping up and still having time to have fun. A lot of students are really academically driven, but there is surprisingly little competition between students. I am never afraid of someone stealing a paper from me or cheating off of me during a test. People generally want each other to suceed, which is great. Wheaton is very much a liberal arts school, so there is a lot of learning for the sake of learning. We have a lot of gen eds. You will come out very qualified in your field, but also able to understand conversation on most other topics. Wheaton is also pretty focused on teaching us to think in different ways, so it is good for a science major to have to take a little sociology or a poly sci major to have to learn some art.

Rachel

Professors are great at Wheaton. They care about their students, they care about what they're teaching, and they take the time to help and get to know their students. One of my favorite classes was this gen ed writing class with Dr. Beal. She is crazy. She loves her students, and she loves learning, and she loves life. She would get us interested in learning - hers was the only class that semester that I didn't skip and didn't fall asleep in.

Paige

I have loved most of my professors at Wheaton. They're incredibly personable and have a lot of good things to say about life and faith as it relates to their field of study, in the classroom and out. Everyone is Type A and very keen on succeeding in whatever class they're in. Lots of high energy, often-theological conversations in and out of class. You're bound to have at least one 3AM Calvinism v. Arminian conversation with your roommate. And these conversations and discussions are often ends unto themselves, less for the immediate benefit of a job and more for the long-term commitment to thinking as a Christian and an intellectual. Not that people don't spend time fretting about jobs.

Justin

The professors care about their students individually. Most of them are interested in developing friendships with their students adn will take the time to listen to your troubles and just be there for you. Most of them are also really nice and willing to give extensions and such if you're going through some tough times. Wheaton even has a program called Dine with a Mind, where you can set up a lunch or breakfast date in the cafeteria (called Saga) with a prof and the prof eats free. You can pick their brain concerning their field of study, just chat, or whatever.

Andrew

The professors are probably the single greatest aspect of Wheaton. This is the advantage of going to a small school. The majority of my profs have taken a real interest not just to get to know my name but me. When I show up for an appointment with my academic advisor, my meeting may last nearly 3 hours as this professor and I talk about my future and different options. It is clear they truly care. As far as the classroom goes, Wheaton's not too difficult for most if you really try. Grades are largely just a matter of effort. I hear from transfers from Cornell and Vanderbilt that this distinguishes Wheaton. Students say that the workload necessary to succeed is much larger at Wheaton. Now, I can’t verify that, but I’d like to think it’s true. Supposedly grad schools know this too, and Wheaton students fair well as a result. I certainly hope that’s true because I plan on going to grad school. Also, I’d say that if you’re going to Wheaton, don’t plan on getting a 4.0. I’m not sure if it’s possible, though, I think it largely depends on your major. Wheaton students are very competitive. Informal discussions that sound more like debates are fairly common to overhear in the dorms and cafeteria. These debates can be in any subject from theology to politics from social issues to sports. But the competitive spirit shines through in more areas than academics, particularly intramurals. I personally stopped playing intramurals simply because I don’t think they’re fun. People take them way too seriously. I grew up my entire life playing soccer competitively and was recruited by several D1 schools. Unfortunately for them, I knew that I wasn’t going to play varsity soccer in college. In my one season of intramural soccer, I was slide tackled and injured more times than I probably had been throughout my entire soccer career. Of course, no one was trying to hurt me. They just really wanted the ball.

Josh

difficult! most professors are really good and try to get to know their students. other students are crazy, frequently debating theological issues outside of class. applied health science is my major. I'm pre-med and ahs is the way to go for that. the bio department is crazy!

Shane

Rigorous. They are hard, but not so hard as to not be able to function. I am a Kineseology major, which is one of the more challenging majors on campus. But, i find time to do all the work and get all my reading and studying done while still being able to hang out over meals and on the weekend. The professors here are unbelievable. So smart, so wise, such good Christian witnesses. They definitely have their faults too, and i don't agree with any of them completely, but they are just so worthy of respect. Top notch. Plus, Wheaton is one of 5 undergrads that has a cadaver lab...awesome.

Alex

Strenuous.

Will

Intellectual conversations outside of class are an everyday occurrence at Wheaton. With a liberal arts education, our general education requirements make it able to at least understand what's happening in most classes, and philosophical and theological discussions are common dinner time conversation or during walks to classes. It's not like that's all we talk about, but I think that it would be rare to find a Wheatie who hadn't discussed theology with someone in the past week. One of the best academic programs is Dine with a Mind, or DWAM. You can take out five of your professors a semester for lunch in SAGA, and it gives you a chance to learn about their backgrounds and vice-versa, I know people who have stayed in contact with their professors despite only taking one gen-ed class from them.

Austin

Wheaton is a great place for people who love to learn. The professors are helpful and the community supports excellence. It is very difficult, though. Even highly successful students can study for hours and hours and only pull Bs.

Emily

Wheaton has tough academics. Almost everyone was the "smart kid" in high school so it is a competitive atmosphere. If you're up for a challenge you'll do fine here. I love the foreign language department because languages fascinate me. I'm about to leave for the summer study abroad program Wheaton in Spain and I expect that that will be really helpful for my fluency and really amazing as far as cultural experience goes. The classes at Wheaton are hard for the most part and require alot of work outside of class. Most people, especially girls I've noticed, are pretty studious, but not to the point where they don't like to have fun too. You just have to find your group of people who study about as much as you do and play as much as you do. When I have really stressful nights with alot of work, my friends usually stay up with me while I do it. We know who has what work each week and we support each other. If someone has a really stressful night or does badly on a test we usually go out and get them a cheer up present like their favorite candy or some caffeine if they need to stay up late studying. Wheaton students are mostly pretty intellectual and that's been good for me. I'm challenged to think deeply alot of the time. I do more deep thinking outside of class than I do in class. As a language major, in class I'm usually thinking of how to say something. Outside of class I talk with my friends about deeper things and I really get to think about what I believe and why. It's definitely a very academic, studious atmosphere but there is also support and fun to be had whenever you want.

Alex

yes profs know my name for the most part. My spanish teacher never did though. she was not a great teacher especially communication between student and prof. but most are really open and neat. School is hard but it prepares you for everything you need to know. I dont really spend that much time with profs outside the classroom because i am very busy with softball.

Marie

Classes at Wheaton are typically pretty small. Profs are very familiar faces on campus and around town, because most of them actually live in Wheaton. They are very aware of campus life; they eat at SAGA and have meals with students. I have even been at a prof's house twice with my classmates to watch a movie as a class requirement. Students here seem to be pretty competitive, but it's not uncommon for students to get B's and C's. The administration definitely focuses on Wheaton giving a liberal arts education, which gets you ready for life, not purely a vocation. The general education requirements cover a wide variety of interests, and most can be pretty enjoyable. Your classes don't start to get too specialized to your field until closer to your senior year, but I personally like it. We also have Bible and Theology requirements, which isn't the case at every Christian college.

Becky

The academics at Wheaton are awesome! There's a lot of amazing Prof's at Wheaton that are genuinly interesting in getting to know you and help you out in any way possible. The classroom sizes are smal, so that's great becuase there wasn't a big switch from class sizes in high school to the class sizes in college, so that also helped to ease my tranisition greatly. Studying amounts vary from season to season. When it is nicer outside, students read on the lawns surrounding and on the campus. However, during the winter, studying really picks up becuase it's so dang cold outside! Stdents are not nearly as competitive as I thought before coming to campus. I am a double major in Business Economics and Christian Education with a Youth Ministry Certificate.... aka.... I have a lot of credits to take ; )

Chris

Your best isn't good enough. You were all As in high school, but not anymore. Wheaton is not easy, but it is perfectly doable. The professors are mostly phenomenal. The students are generally very engaged in class. Academics are valued for the sake of developing well-rounded, capable human beings, not good little worker cogs.

Dave

If you go to class, most professors will learn your name. Classes are generally fairly small, so there is always an opportunity for you to share your thoughts without feeling judged or intimidated. The profs are all really friendly and definitely willing to get lunch with you at the cafeteria or to just talk to you during office hours. They take a genuine interest in the lives of their students and that is a wonderful blessing. If you are looking for somewhere that you can be intelligent with your friends and have meaningful conversations, Wheaton is the place to go. Not a week goes by where I am not involved in a long, deep, philosophical or theological conversation or debate. The people here are realllllly smart. The best class I have taken so far at Wheaton is English Writing 103 (a Gen. Ed. requirement) with Dr. Jane Beal. I thought I was good at writing. Then I took this class and found out I really wasn't. After taking this class, I can now say that I am.

Laura

Academics here are pretty much awesome. Professors are accessible for everything from a question after class to lunch, depending on their schedules. The professors usually try to get to know everyone's names, and most classes are small enough for the professors to do so. This is even true of the gen ed professors. Students at Wheaton are competitive, but not in a back-stabbing way. We try our best, but generally we don't get ticked off at that one student who "messed up the curve." And anyway, most classes aren't set up in a fashion that would allow for us to compete against our classmates for the best grades. It allows us to learn for learning's sake, but not so we can best our classmates. This means that we can look at the Dean's list, see people in the 4.0 section, and rejoice over their achievement rather than mourn at our "lesser" ones.

Erik

The best part about Wheaton, in my opinion, is the professors. Not only are they brilliant, but they really care about the students beyond the context of the class. You can have dinner with almost any professor you want to, and most of them will talk with you about issues unrelated to their particular discipline. In general, Wheaton students are well educated and place a lot of value on academics. Being a liberal arts school, Wheaton education is not geared towards scoring you the perfect job, but rather developing you holistically in knowledge and character, which in turn will get you a job.

Harper

It is very easy to get to know your professors. They are always willing to talk to students about academics or faith related issues. Wheaton profs are very capable and rarely ever do TAs teach a class (I've only had this once). Class participation is common, though the makeup of the class and the style/personality of the teacher influences this. Wheaton students very often have intellectual conversations outside of class. The studetn body is very spiritually and intellectually driven. Learning is very much geared toward learning for attaining a liberal arts education but getting a job is viewed as important and career services on campus is very active and helpful.

Aaron

Their the best in Bible anf Theology undergrad. Test me on this. Wheaton's professors are personable and fun but also profound and challenging. You need not worry about the quality of the coarses you will be taking.

Grace

Academics at Wheaton are great. I feel as though there are many different kinds of people- I know some people who have no time for anything but fun, but there are also many studious people. I find that most students get good grades (A's, B's, and the occasional C) and have a really good balance of studying and fun. There are also many things on campus that are both studious AND fun. For instance, Global Urban Prospectives does a lot of stuff to assimilate the campus with different experiences in Chicago, whether it be going to different ethnic group dominated churches or different music. I've loved my classes this year. I'm in the Conservatory of Music and the Bible/Theology department, and I've found teachers that I really like in both. They all know me by name, and I've had lunch or breakfast with a few of them. One of my teachers tells us that taking a class with him means we're tied to him for life, so if we ever need anything (such as recommendations for graduate school), he will do the best he can for us. My most unique class has been Jazz History. So much of early Jazz came from Africa, and Dr. Buis, the professor, is from Africa and brought a unique take on the subject matter. We concentrated a lot on jazz in Chicago (since it has been the center of jazz for quite some time), and we did projects that allowed us to actually speak to many prominent musicians (like Dee Alexander, etc.).

Steven

Best profs out there. Students offer a ton to classes as well; educating conversation outside of class with other students has been very helpful.

Mike

Very hard. It actually pisses me off, cuz I know many big schools who are ranked very high in academics in reports and stuff, but I have friends who go there, get like a 3.7 or 3.;8 without trying, and I know I am smarter than them, and I am more disciplined academically, yet I bust my butt, and get a 3.2. I would say compared to other schools, Wheaton is very underrated. My sister went to University of Illinios, which is a very good school. she graduated with a 3.85, while going out on weekdays and drinking. I am smarter than my sister, and work just as hard. I don't drink, I play football, lift and study. Yet I have a 3.2. I don't think my 3.2 is unfair, i just think most schools have grade inflation. There is very little grade inflation at Wheaton.

Hannah

People say Wheaton is the Harvard of Christian education but I don't think that's necessarily true. There are certainly classes at Wheaton that are of Harvard difficulty, but there are certainly others that can't compare. Someone would only really know if they took all the same classes at both Wheaton and Harvard. Otherwise, I don't think you can really compare them.

Michael

We're all geniuses. Our professors rock. End of story.

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