wheaton college

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Wheaton College
Norton, MA

Search “Wheaton” on the College Board’s Big Future website, and you’ll get two results: Wheaton College of IL and Wheaton College of MA.  Although both schools share the same name, the similarities pretty much end there. Wheaton College of MA is a small, non-religiously affiliated, liberal arts college that caters only to undergraduates. The 1,650 students who make their home in Norton (a friendly town situated midway between Providence and Boston) have access to a vast array of academic resources not often found at a school of this size. Beginning with the Wheaton Curriculum, all students take one or two “connections” courses which link classes from two seemingly disparate disciplines. To complete the “Animal Power in Religion, Art & Science” connections course, for example, students enroll in a psychology class (Comparative Animal Behavior), a religion class (Religion and Animals), and an art class (Lithography). Wheaton’s new business & management major, introduced in the spring of 2013, gives students the opportunity to incorporate a liberal arts and sciences curriculum with a practical, hands-on business education. All business majors complete an approved internship and can elect to focus in exciting concentrations such as globalization & development or analytics & new media. Fun fact: Thanks to Winternship funding, any student who lands an unpaid internship over winter break can apply to receive a stipend to cover the cost of their experience!

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.