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| I transferred into Wheaton College after being medically discharged from a military academy. I had previously been accepted, so I figured it would be easy for me to get in. I went in undeclared as a Computer Science major. The Computer Science department is supposedly a very close and personal group of people, and from what I saw, I would agree. Unfortunately, my Programming I class was very hard for me to follow, largely in part because of my professor's teaching style. Ultimately, I decided Computer Science was not right for me, and I am making plans to switch my major, as well as transfer from here. That's not to say this place is bad.|
First of all, I'm from New England, and coming to the Midwest was a bit of a let-down. I'm used to being around ocean beaches, mountains, and people who tend to be live a more active lifestyle. Winter was torture for me. Students would watch hours of movies and TV series, or go driving at night to get food from fast food places--something that just didn't interest me. I made efforts to go into Chicago a lot to try to do stuff. It's a nice city and there's plenty of stuff to do, but after about 7PM the place becomes a ghost town.
The school, overall, is a good school. The only thing that really bugged me was the people. They are close-minded and self-righteous. It's heavily Christian and conservative, which isn't a problem, but many students and teachers profess to be loving Christians, when in reality, they judge everyone. People here are so worried about what others think of them that it becomes unhealthy, I think. Relationships seem to be superficial.
The facilities are generally nice (especially the fairly-new Student Center and the fairly-new Sports and Recreation Center). The food is supposedly ranked #1 in the country for best campus food, but it gets boring quick. The teachers are approachable and available, but I get the feeling that a lot of times they throw the "Christian perspective" into their lessons just to appear more holy or something.
The general education requirements are very annoying. In most cases, students have to take more general education classes than they have to take major classes.
Also, a word to the wise, do not go here if you want to go into engineering. They profess to have a 3-2 program, but it is awful. I have many friends here who went into the engineering program and have regretted it.
The internet is filtered and painfully slow.There you have it... my fragmented ideas about Wheaton. Overall, the school is pretty challenging, and well-known across the country. It's prestigious. I wouldn't suggest coming here if you're not a Christian though. Coming here I was a bit iffy, and leaving here I can say I am not a Christian. The social life is lacking, activities on campus are minimal, and it can be boring here if you don't get involved with something.
|Mar 17 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I had a positive experience of attending a conservative, evangelical college. Though there were not many campus activities as the school was in the suburbs, students could go into Chicago for fun/cultural events or for evangelism & outreach. It was a "christian bubble" as I look back now, but they were formative years of spiritual growth and finding my calling. I formed good friends and the professors were challenging yet kind. If one does not desire to adhere to the college's covenant, I wouldn't recommend it this college to them. |
|Dec 31 2009|| 4th Year Female --
Class 1994 |
| I majored in chemistry at Wheaton. Medical schools like Wheaton a lot; where I ended up Wheaton GPAs were increased because there was a belief there was no grade inflation at the college. So I had the benefit of multiple medical school admissions offers. I was glad to get out of the Wheaton bubble for my entire junior year. I found the students generally brighter, though not necessarily more intellectual than the faculty; clearly Noll's Scandal of the Evangelical Mind had roots at Wheaton. The ability to think metaphorically, to see things from others' points of view, and to appreciate the vast range of Christianity came to me after my Wheaton experience. The college struck me as intolerant and disengaged. My daughter could have gone to Wheaton, but she ended up elsewhere, to my relief. |
|May 17 2009|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |