“Please take my advice and do not attendMar 04 2011Economics
“As a junior art major (I entered Wheaton as a Lit major), IApr 19 2009Art & Design Department
I transferred out to a top-notch art school at the end of my junior year as a result of feeling trapped here, with little encouragement to do my OWN work (you get demerits in painting and drawing classes for having your own style or experimenting). Teachers here will critique harshly, after offering little support for improvement or growth.
In my application process to transfer out, several teachers discouraged me from applying to the most prestigious art schools in favor of mediocre ones, and have done the same to every art student intending on transferring out (there is a group of art students leaving next year-at least 5). Teachers have even told me that I would regret my decision and probably want to come back. Not true. As an artist, I have never felt so confined and uninspired as I have at Wheaton. I am currently flourishing at a school that is arts-intensive, takes its students and their work seriously, and encourages experimentation and new techniques. I have few qualms with most other departments, and enjoyed my classes in Sociology and English. The Urban Studies program is strongly recommended, with some of the best professors and people I've ever worked with. It is wonderful that Chicago is but an hour away- this was definitely the reason I was able to remain at Wheaton so long.
“People can be close-mindedMar 25 2009Psychology
Academically, the school is very good. They teach you to think critically. But the social scene is so awkward and non-existent, you wont enjoy your time here enough to keep in your program. It seems like people study here and as a hobby, they study more. In the winter, be prepared to watch movie after movie, because there is nothing else to do and no car. The weather is horrible, which limits choices even more in the winter to spring.
There are some really sweet people. But I found it near impossible to break into a social group. That said, there are people who really enjoy it and find their niche quickly. You need to make sure the school fits you individiually, because Wheaton is one of those places that if it doesnt-- you will be trapt and miserable.
It has been probably the most damaging thing to my faith as well. Its really hard to be ignored by people who claim to have the love of Christ. To feel really hurt and yet have chapel messages (3 times a week) telling you to give more of yourself to God. I went to the counseling center, desperate, and they were no hope.I tried really hard at this college. But in the end, I refused to stay at a place like this and I dont regret the decision at all. MAKE SURE THE COLLEGE FITS YOU INDIVIDUALLY, DO NOT JUST GO TO WHEATON BECAUSE IT IS A CHRISTIAN COLLEGE WITH A BIG NAME. When I was leaving, all the stories came out about the students who have withdrawn/transferred. It isnt uncommon to leave. I know that is true of all colleges, but Wheaton sometimes seems to promise something it doesnt deliver.