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I had an incredible

May 03 2013English
I had an incredible experience at Wheaton College. One thing I think Wheaton does very well is engender a healthy respect for academia. Also, I made incredible friends who are intelligent, authentic, and know how to have fun.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Research Assistant - The University of Chicago Preparedness: A+ Reputation: A

If you're a serious evangelical Chistian, Wheaton is

Dec 18 2011Philosophy
If you're a serious evangelical Chistian, Wheaton is the best school in the world. The academics are challenging and meaningful, especially of you study humanities or science. You will work hard in any program, but the easiest are Business and Education. The science classes are the best at any Christian school anywhere, though the professors aren't quite as open and inspired as in other majors. It's a liberal arts school, so expect to take a lot of classes outside your major, but also expect them to be very high quality. Overall, Wheaton students take academics very seriously, and the Wheaton faculty is inspired and open. It's not rare for a professor to tear up in class because they care so much about what they teach - and that's pretty special.

The social life is good, though you have to be proactive to get involved. I highly recommend a summer program like HoneyRock or Wheaton in the Holy Lands to get the full Wheaton experience. Your friends will be very intelligent but usually fun loving. Theyre not as lame as the administration would like your parents to believe. Be prepared to a lot of late night academic conversations, and be prepared to be challenged as much by your peers as your professors.

Additionally, the number of missionary kids (mks) at Wheaton is one of the schools hidden gems. The importance of a worldwide, global emphasis is truly special at Wheaton, making the largely (though by no means completely) conservative student body far more flavorful and open minded than you might expect. Wheaton is a community as much as a school; be prepare for it.

Travel with a Wheaton program! You won't regret it.
Go to Wheaton! It's a great school and its relatively small number of graduates show up in important places all over the world!

4th Year Male -- Class 2010
Friendliness: A+, Surrounding City: C

I came to Wheaton expecting to absolutely hate

Oct 08 2011History/Histories (art history/etc.)
I came to Wheaton expecting to absolutely hate it (long story of why I came). Needless to say, it has changed my mind. I would recommend it 100% to any thinking Christian. The other students will probably not challenge you a lot - lots of silly rich white kids - but the faculty WILL. If you want good, strong academics in a friendly environment, this is your place. It is devoutly Christian but the faculty's brains are not turned off - they make you think about your beliefs.

I have to admit that I didn't like other students very much - they are all very much 'prep' stock and have little imagination. However, I will say this: they are all extremely friendly. There is very little rudeness here, and many of the kids have warm, good hearts, even if they don't have much going on upstairs. By senior year, though, many of them have started thinking because the faculty gives them no other choice.

Yes, the drinking rules are a pain, but you know what? If you don't like it, don't come. Easy as that. If drinking is that important to you - and trust me, I do enjoy it - then make your choice. Don't come and then whine.

One word of warning: if you want to be an art student, do not come to Wheaton. Yes, it is a lovely place with genius faculty and nice kids. Will you be challenged as an artist? Absolutely not. I'm only into art as a hobby and even I could see that the art department falls way, way flat. Art critique and history classes are pretty good, but the actual art classes themselves are not worth your time.All that being said, I thought I had nothing to learn from these people. I was wrong. Keep your chin up and your mind open, and you will learn so, so much. You are at college for learning, not campus life. This school is about learning, not campus life, even though lots of freshies came here thinking it was all about campus life. If you want learning, you will learn here. The professors here have so much to teach you. You will grow - and growing is painful. But you WILL grow.

4th Year Female -- Class 2011
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: D+

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