#4 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois

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Wheaton College overview
Location Wheaton, Illinois
Online wheaton.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Undenominational
Wheaton College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Wheaton College, located in Wheaton, Illinois, is a private liberal arts college with a suburban campus roughly 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1860, it is distinguished for its strong evangelical Christian orientation. Wheaton?s academic profile includes an emphasis on a faith-based education, with popular majors such as business/economics, communication, and the humanities, framed within a Christian worldview. The institution is recognized for its rigorous academics and is considered moderately selective in its admissions process. Wheaton's traditional Greco-Roman architecture is a distinctive feature of the campus, offering a preserved sense of historical aesthetic. Undergraduate students are typically required to live on campus, fostering a close-knit residential community. While Wheaton College values its athletics, it is not primarily known for a particular sport at the intercollegiate level, yet does participate in NCAA Division III as the Thunder.

In the most recent statistical year 1,893 prospective students applied, and 1,674 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 504 enrolled in the school.  2,307 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 578 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $41,990 plus fees of $250. Wheaton College is ranked 166 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Wheaton College is rated within the top 27% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
Wheaton College overview
SAT 1250/1430
ACT 28/33
GPA 3.75

Applications Accepted

Wheaton College overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Wheaton College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$670
Other Fees$250
Room and Board $11,690
Budget for Other Expenses$2,180
Total One Year Cost$56,780

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$54,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

87% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Wheaton College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 15%
Theology and Religious Vvocations 9%
English and Literature 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Business 8%

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