Wheaton College - IL Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (9)
I attended Wheaton College, IL for my undergraduate degree. I had a wonderful college experience where I grew a lot as an individual, a student, and an artist. I really enjoyed the many opportunities to get plugged in. I was involved in my dorm floor and the activities that my RA hosted. We had a tea time in the middle of the day to relax together, chat, eat yummy baked snacks, and take a break from our studies. We also hosted late night parties on our floor and invited other floors to join. Sometimes we would decorate other floors at midnight and leave fun surprises for them. I really felt cared for by my RA and the upper classmen who lived down the hall from me. On Valentine's Day they decorated the hall with paper hearts and left little baskets of chocolate and a sweet note in front of every door. Some of my good friends came from this community, and we stayed in each others' lives all throughout the four years. Another community I was able to be a part of was the theater community. This was one of the most special groups I have been a part of. The people were so welcoming and inclusive. I felt free to be vulnerable with them and trusted them completely. They weren't afraid to challenge me artistically as well as personally. I learned so much about how to care for others, how to listen well, how to be a good friend. This was an extra bonus, since I had only anticipated on continuing my education and learning more about theater. I received so much more, a priceless gift. Plus, we performed high quality shows that the college campus loved to attend and support. Wheaton College also challenged me academically. The professors have high standards for their students, always challenging me to bring about my best work. Even though classes were tough, my professors really showed that they wanted to invest and care for each of their students. My business professors all knew my name since I was involved in the department. They also had some great opportunities to go overseas to learn how businesses in other countries worked. Wheaton College, IL was a great foundation for me as an undergraduate, providing rigorous academic opportunities and fulfilling friendships and communities. There was a lot of fun and learning happening all the time. This school is a good fit for students looking for a place to grow and learn and surround themselves with genuine people.
If you fit within the stereotype of the college population (White, Type A, conservative Christian) you will probably enjoy your time here. If you bring diversity in anyway, prepare to have a more difficult experience. The education its self is of extremely high quality, but you have to put up with a lot socially during the four years. The only way I would recommend a woman of color to attend the school would be if they got a full scholarship!
I have always been fascinated by words. As a kid, nothing thrilled me more that the potential of a long Saturday with nothing but a big stack of library books for company. I would curl up in a patch of sunshine and spend my day lost in imaginary worlds filled with magic pebbles, mysterious cloaked strangers, and rooms guarded by silent statues of jade. As I grew, so did my love of books. Entering college, I never thought about any major other than English LiteratureI mean, a major where all you had to do was sit around and read books all day? I was sold! However, I soon learned that being an English major was about more than just reading Shakespearean sonnets and writing esoteric papers about the Freudian undertones in Nathaniel Hawthornes short story The Birth-Mark. It was about reaching across time and space to commune with authors and learn about how they saw the world, then bringing my newfound knowledge back to my own world and learning how to apply it. My passion for language is what has encouraged me to seek a career in speech pathology. As a speech pathologist, I can share my love of words with others who struggle with the spoken word. I want to be able to share the beauty that words hold for me with others around me. But before I can share my enthusiasm, I need to leave my comfort zone and learn to put myself in their shoes, to see the world through their eyes, to understand the root of their problems. Only once I gather this information can I apply my knowledge and work together with my patient toward a solution.
The smaller size offers more in-depth classroom discussions and allows professors more time to invest in the students who want to learn further. I found the professors to be excellent in their teaching and guidance of the topics while also remaining neutral in their opinions (as far as the political science courses) which gave students the opportunity to come to their own decision on their beliefs. The campus is beautiful and the old buildings offer a great history; just a quick walk and you can hop the train to Chicago to explore museums or relax at the Oak Street Beach. The school offers many study abroad opportunities and international summer programs. While the on-campus diversity is a bit lacking the school works hard to reach out and increase the student body diversity. I loved my time at Wheaton!
I loved my time at Wheaton College. Wheaton is definitely not without its flaws, every school has a downside to it, but they are certainly doing their best to provide an exceptional college experience to students. The academic rigor is what I most appreciated, as I feel incredibly well prepared for my career. I did not particularly love my major, but I feel that is because it wasn't a good fit for me personally. Fortunately majors don't necessarily define your career path, and this science major is now in the business world. I think that speaks to how well I was prepared by Wheaton, however, that I was able to get an exceptional job in the business world without a background in business. I also really appreciated the extracurricular activities provided at Wheaton, as there was so much variety and each opportunity provided a lot of leadership development. My skills were most honed during my time on the Student Government, where I was extremely supported by staff and faculty who wanted to see me thrive in my leadership role. This is probably the opportunity that developed me the most during my time as an undergraduate student.
The Wheaton College Conservatory of music is a very academically rigorous school which may be discouraging to some but overall, the Professors are beyond a doubt some of the best int the country. They come alongside every student to meet personal needs and ensure growth as an academic, musician, and as an individual. I would highly recommend this school to anyone seeking a degree in music.
Wheaton College is the premier Christian institution to attend. It has some of the greatest evangelical minds in the country, and a deep commitment to raising up faithful followers of Christ for the benefit of the Church. The Bible/Theology department is the best undergraduate program of its kind, and the work that is done in the undergraduate program can often be found in graduate level classes. If you are looking to go into ministry or some form of academic theology, Wheaton and the Bible/Theology program will prepare you better than any other institution, with rigorous but fair academics, a faculty that cares immensely for its students, and an environment that encourages pursing God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Wheaton College is an absolutely wonderful place to learn in all capacities, since it is a liberal arts institutions. I was able to learn in many arenas, from anthropology to sociology to biology. The small size allows for good interactions with professors, with whom I am still great friends with. It fosters a wonderful community and a love for learning. I would highly recommend it!!
I loved Wheaton. It was by far the best decision I have ever made in my life and the education I got there will be the most prized possession I have.