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General Knowledge about Wheaton p.04
The Wheaton Edge Our Guarantee to Every Student p.06
Specific Facts about Our Academic Experience, the Campus and the Region p.10
The Year in Ideas p.12
Helpful Information about Admission and Financial Aid, plus a Sketch of Life after Wheaton
The Wheaton Year in Ideas (Pleasingly Controversial)
Brought to you by 1,600 students and 150 professors who donâ€™t take anything for granted, love a good debate and believe, really believe, that some of the most important, unexpected, possibly world-changing ideas can come from a liberal arts college on a 400-acre campus set between Boston and Providence.
1,600 students Network of 15,000 graduates across the country and around the world
72 countries Founded:
400-acre campus in Norton, Mass.
80+ study abroad programs
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Nearly $1.2 million dedicated annually to student research, travel and internships
35% of students
receive scholarships for academic merit
scholarships and fellowships (Rhodes, Fulbright, etc.) won by students since 2000
to faculty ratio
11 to 1 student
7 majors 59 Minors
success rate for graduates six months out
15â€“20 students in the average class
nowledge 21 NCAA Division III athletic teams student-run clubs and Organizations
OUR GUARANTEE to you and every student
The Wheaton Edge is our guarantee that you and every student will have the opportunity for a funded internship, research position or experiential learning opportunity before your senior year. It’s also the personalized support from professors and staff, our distinctive Connections curriculum that links the liberal arts to the world, and the power we give you and your fellow students to shape campus life and develop leadership skills. Our students do all sorts of exciting things—from working at major investment firms and Fortune 500 companies to assisting on independent film projects and teaching English to high school students in Rwanda.
We can’t wait to see what you will do with the Wheaton Edge.
Success Rate Success Rate Data based on a knowledge rate of 76 percent for the classes of 2014 and 2015
SUCCESS RATE Our most recent graduates, the classes of 2014 and 2015, are a perfect example. Six months after graduation, 97 percent of these graduates had found their first job, enrolled in graduate school, begun a fellowship or pursued an experience in public service.
Facts about Our Academic Experience, the Campus and the Region
MAJORS AND MINORS
47 majors and 59
Students choose sets of two
minors? Isn’t that rather ambitious for a liberal arts
or three courses of interest, often from very different
college with 1,600 students? It is, it is. You can also
disciplines, organized around a common theme,
design your own major, take a dual-degree program
e.g., Biology and Art, Politics and the Environment,
with another fine school, or cross-register for courses
Psychology and Business, New Media and Society.
at Brown, in nearby Providence. For much more, go
This part of our curriculum promotes critical
to wheatoncollege.edu and click through Academics.
thinking and out-of-the-box problem-solving skills —
African, African American, Diaspora Studies
vital in today’s dynamic and complex world.
Hispanic Studies History
first courses you’ll take, and a foundation for the
academic experience to come: feisty, deep-thinking,
American Studies Ancient Studies Anthropology Art History Astronomy and Physics Biochemistry Bioinformatics Biology Business and Management Chemistry Classical Civilization Classics
Mathematics and Computer Science Mathematics and Economics Music Neuroscience Philosophy Physics Political Science
Computer Science Creative Writing and Literature Economics Education English
Psychology Religion Russian Language and Literature Russian Studies Sociology
Environmental Science Film and New Media Studies French Studies German
Studio Art Theatre and Dance Studies Women’s and Gender Studies
Additional Minors Animal Behavior
Latin American Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Dance Development Studies Environmental Studies Jewish Studies Journalism Studies
From Freaks and Geeks to Cirque du Soleil,” “1968: The Year the World Exploded,” “The Selfie and More (Much More),” “The Rituals of Dinner,” “Storytelling
“A More Sour Pang: The Psychology of Illness.”
A few of
the many ways to extend your Wheaton experience: semester-long
which could involve field research, an internship, travel, intensive creative work or celestial navigation. Examples: the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, the Washington Semester at American University and the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program. Wheaton is also a member
One of the
Peace and Social Justice
of the Twelve College Exchange Program, which allows students to spend their junior year at one of the other member schools, including Amherst, Bowdoin, Wellesley and Wesleyan. To learn more, go to: wheatoncollege.edu/academics.
Public Health Science Public Policy Studies Statistics Urban Studies
All of our resources are designed
disguised excuses to be a tourist) on nearly every
to help you do it; our faculty actually sit around and
continent. The center also sponsors Wheaton-
think of cutting-edge projects that require collabo-
only initiatives like our one-of-a-kind program in
ration with students; and once you do it, it leads to
Bhutan, plus short-term, faculty-led programs;
more, and then to graduate school, and then to other
inspiring places. A few recent faculty-student projects
Traditions of Trinidad and Tobago , Tropical Field
offered through our Wheaton Research Partnerships:
Biology in Costa Rica and Belize, and Arts in Ireland.
• Analyzing Ethiopian Visual Culture: Monuments, Murals and Museums
For more, go to: wheatoncollege.edu/global.
• Cognitive Effects of Video Game Play • A Development Critique of Micro-Enterprise • Mining Memory: Reimagining Self and Nation Through Narratives of Childhood in Peru •Effect of Panax notoginseng on Angiogenesis, the Growth of Blood Vessels
MARSHALL CENTER FOR INTERCULTURAL LEARNING A resource for anyone who believes that understanding other cultures is essential to a liberal arts education— which we’re hoping is everyone. The center sponsors
• Filmmaking Assistantship
cultural events and offers workshops, academic and
• Probing Accretion Physics Near Black Holes and Neutron Stars
career advising, and a genuine sense of community.
• The Nature of Obesity Prejudice
• Legitimate Lies and Forbidden Truths • Religious Devotion and Monumental Transformation in Nepal
Every student has the
opportunity to do at least one with funding from the college. Some are paid positions, some involve research or fieldwork, some are in other parts of the world,
many lead to jobs or to a full-scale
reimagining of what your life might look like. A few recent examples: William J. Clinton Foundation, Child Family Health International, Department of Homeland Security, HBO and the Raptor Trust.
About half of our
students study abroad. Our Center for Global Education offers access to more than 80 specialized, intensive study abroad programs (i.e., not cleverly
It’s lovely. Red brick buildings,
grassy lawns (including the Dimple, a unique landmark
public art, Peacock Pond and 300 acres of woodlands. Most students live on campus, so it feels family-ish. When people come here for the first time, they say things like, “This just feels right,” or, “I feel at home here,” or, “What in the world is a Cowduck?” (Answer: That’s the name of our longtime resident duck, who was white with black spots resembling those of a cow and is memorialized with a studentcreated bronze sculpture on Peacock Pond.)
More than 100 student-run
clubs and organizations; a student-run coffeehouse (The Lyon’s Den); regular concerts by student and
throw-downs, often sponsored by a club (e.g., the Antiquities Club hosted a Toga Dance); a popular Drag Show; a thriving chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a national think tank—so, yes, we’re active. Special note: Our a cappella groups have a stupefying amount of social capital. Midnight initiation ceremonies, complicated nicknames, feverish crowds at their
concerts—they’re a big deal is what we’re saying.
Our varsity teams win NEWMAC
Norton is a town in the sense
and ECAC and national championships (recent stand-
that 20,000 people, a traditional New England town
outs: baseball, lacrosse, softball, soccer, track and field),
common, a post office, three drugstores, a handful of
our entire program is nationally recognized, and in
other stores and an excellent liberal arts college make
the past decade hundreds of our student-athletes
a town. It’s in an undiscovered part of Massachusetts,
have been All-Americans. Our student-initiated,
20 miles from Providence (in Rhode Island), 35 miles
student-run club sports (recent examples: men’s
from Boston, and close to several well-resourced
and women’s rugby, men’s and women’s ice hockey,
suburbs (Moroccan food, Thai food, public transpor-
fencing) offer spirited intercollegiate competition, and
tation to the cities). It’s not in the middle of nowhere;
our intramural program is wildly popular. Through
it’s in the middle of somewhere very, very important.
the magic of the Web, you can learn much more.
BOSTON AND PROVIDENCE
Go to: wheatoncollege.edu/athletics.
NCAA Division III Athletic Teams Baseball (M) Basketball (W, M) Cross Country (W, M) Field Hockey (W)
merely hint at the magnificent things you will find in these two cities, both of which are historic and walkable and lovable yet also forward-looking and complex and endlessly new. Boston: the North End, the Museum of Fine Arts, Quincy Market, Fenway Park, Newbury Street, the Boston Symphony
Lacrosse (W, M)
Orchestra, the Swan Boats, and 250,000 people
Soccer (W, M)
in college. Providence: a general feeling of friendly
hipness, several nationally renowned restaurants,
Swimming and Diving (W, M)
many locally beloved restaurants, a lot of startup
Synchronized Swimming (W)
ventures in the arts, new media and high technology,
Tennis (W, M)
plus many more people in college.
Track and Field (W, M) Volleyball (W)
The On-Campus FARMERS MARKET
Throwing an ACADEMIC FESTIVAL
The Year 17 things that seemed unusually interesting,
Doing Something Amazing AFTER GRADUATION p.25
to Make Whatever We Can Imagine
Building the FUTURE OF SCIENCE
KEY TO THE KINGDOM
GETTING READY for What Comes Next
Building DEMOCRACY by Being LITERARY
BUSINESS of the Future
PLAYING SOCCER on a World Stage
innovative, inspired or just unusual. p.22
CHANGING THE WORLD right now p.28
Someone had an IDEA ABOUT IDEAS and then this happened
Crowding into an Office to Talk about
NATIONALISM and MARGINALIZATION •••••••••••••••••••
Parodying a MAJOR REGATTA
FARMERS MARKET Students wanted one, students organized one, and now itâ€™s a weekly event. Held on the Dimple (our quad) in spring and fall and in the BalfourHood Center in winter. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, herbs, breads and pastries, all grown or made by local farmers or bakers or cheesemongers and so on. Also featuring dishes prepared on site by AfterTaste, the student-run slow food group.
THEMED LIVING In each one of our 17 student-run theme houses, students with shared interests (world health, outdoor education, sustainability) cook and do chores and generally live like real people in a house. Rosemary Liss (with the lovely orange scarf, at a shared meal at ECCO House) stayed in the House of the Living Arts for three years. “We do a lot of cooking together, which turns out to be a huge benefit. It’s a way of spending quality time with friends. And there are bigger social and cultural meanings to meals, too, which I discovered in a First-Year Seminar called ‘The Rituals of Dinner.’ Wheaton is all about going at subjects from different perspectives.”
Throwing an ACADEMIC FESTIVAL On a spring afternoon, the campus stops, and dozens of students present research or creative work on which theyâ€™ve labored for many months. Thereâ€™s a festival-like feeling in the air (congratulations, amazement, revelations, free snacks), and so we call this the Academic Festival.
Building DEMOCRACY by Being LITERARY
Shawn Christian makes the case: â€œStudying literature can prepare you to participate in, and contribute to, a truly diverse democracy. It provokes an exchange of ideas, it exposes you to a range of human experience, and it shows the power of language in action. Learning to respect a poem, a novel or a theory, even if you disagree with it, builds the skills that it takes to navigate
our very dynamic and consistently diverse world.â€? Shawn Christian (shown being teacherly) is a professor of English and African American studies. He also directs the Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies, a national program that prepares college students from underrepresented populations for graduate study in the humanities.
Business of the FUTURE The world needs inventive, broad-minded leaders who see, and make, the connections that are not obvious to everyone else. Thatâ€™s why our business and management major takes the wide view. Sure, our program spans the range of thought and practice of the field, from micro- and macroeconomics to marketing and applied ethics. But it also cultivates the ability to think creatively, ask hard questions and innovate across industriesâ€”from for-profits to nonprofits to organizations in developing countries, and beyond.
PLAYING SOCCER on a World Stage Our women’s soccer team, led by coach Luis Reis, traveled to Buenos Aires to get some international competition and explore another culture—their third international spring training trip since 2008. Previous destinations include Barcelona and Lisbon. Luis Reis
has been head coach of women’s soccer for 19 years and has won nearly every honor there is to win. (Speaking of “overachievers,” former midfielder Carolyn Wills is one of three Wheaton students to have earned a Rhodes Scholarship.)
AMAZING AFTER GRADUATION Doing Something
Like getting a prestigious funded scholarship or fellowship to pursue high-level research, professional experience or community engagement around the world. We’ve also produced a disproportionate number of Rhodes Scholars, Truman Scholars and Watson Fellows (like Nana Asare, who spent this year studying grassroots public health initiatives around the globe). 18
MAKING SPACE to Make Whatever We Can Imagine
Professor Tom Armstrong turned his private lab space into a place where students can play games, experiment, develop research and get up to their elbows in the latest technologies. The DIY spirit is alive and well here. Students experience great successes— and spectacular failures. Tom likes to say the lab promotes “the cross-pollination of ideas,” where an artist might sit next to a scientist and develop a project that blends art, science and
technology into something new. It’s a space for crossing boundaries, where students reach new heights every day (by building remotecontrol airplanes, for example). All this activity calls for the right equipment, and the lab has it all— tools, wires, spare parts, games, LEGOs, computers in every size and other bits and pieces—lining tables and piling up in the corners.
Building a 99,000-square-foot, LEED gold-certified
CENTER for the
FUTUREof SCIENCE We call it the Mars Center for Science and Technology. It recently won the equivalent of a gold medal for being environmentally friendly. The future of science, by the way, is collaborative, which explains the glass partitions dividing the centerâ€™s 23 research labs and 12 teaching labs, the specially designed multiuse labs to encourage cross-disciplinary study, the cafĂŠ, and the welcoming group-study spaces.
changing the world right now A good way to get started is to just get started on whatever topic you happen to be interested in, and the ideas and energy that you have. Our president, Dennis M. Hanno, is an expert on innovation and leadership, so that’s what he shares—with students on our campus and in Africa, where he takes Wheaton students to help high school students dream big. He’s not alone. Our faculty and students apply their talents here
in Norton and in nearby Boston, where Wheaton has partnered with the world’s largest startup accelerator, MassChallenge, as well as around the globe. It’s the sort of experience that transforms lives.
idea about ideas an
and then this happened.
The students who run our chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a national public policy organization for undergraduates, decided to highlight some of the most interesting ideas on campus. The result: WheaTalks, our own homegrown version of TED Talks. The plan is simple but pure genius. From a pile of proposals, 10 people get 10 minutes each to present a passion, a fascination or an obsession. The range is enormous: from the portrayal of women in video games and Internet security to the untapped potential of fungi. It was a hit the first time it happened, and itâ€™s only gotten bigger since. Itâ€™s the kind of intellectual excitement you always imagined happened at college. 23
Crowding into an Office to Talk about NATIONALISM and
MARGINALIZATION Like these five students in Professor Dolita Cathcart’s “History 337: Power and Protest in the U.S.” “On the first day of class, I ask my students to be brave, to stick their necks out and say what they believe, but to do so with respect for others. We’re working with difficult subjects, and we’re going to sit around a table or in an office and try to face them squarely. We have to be honest with each other, hold ourselves to high standards and challenge ourselves to meet them. In the end, we’re trying to think for ourselves, based on our own research. We’re doing serious work—but we try to have fun to boot.” Dolita Cathcart specializes in history; African, African American and diaspora studies; and women’s and gender studies.
Part of our New Plays Festival, featuring work written, directed and produced by students, and performed in front of packed houses at the Kresge Experimental Theater. Students write a 10-minute play based on a random object produced by a visiting artistâ€”then scramble to stage it in a week or so.
KEY TO THE KINGDOM Five years ago, we were the first in the world to offer a study abroad program in Bhutan. Now, every fall and spring, another group of students spends a semester studying at Royal Thimphu College in the worldâ€™s last Buddhist kingdom. Itâ€™s a special relationship made stronger by the fact that King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck studied at Wheaton. Along with taking courses, students choose an internship: running a radio talk show, cataloging herbal medicines or training Buddhist nuns to use a computer, to name a few. They learn about Bhutanese music, art, language and history; explore the Himalayan Mountains; engage in a service project; and drink lots and lots of tea.
PHOTOS BY: BRUCE OWENS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Getting Ready for
WHAT COMES NEXT People (usually adults) will advise you to think about the future. Weâ€™ve got a few suggestions for the present so that the future takes care of itself. Start with the thousands of summer opportunities available to Wheaton students around the globe. Add $1.2 million in funding to guarantee that every student has the opportunity to participate in an internship, research position or service project. Plus a staff of professional advisors who help students plan for grad school and careers in business, medicine and more. Top it off with a network of loyal alumni ready to offer career advice. We call it the Filene Center for Career Services, but you could also call it the place where dreams flourish.
POTATO TACOS Also lemon bars and chocolate chip cookies. Made by history professor Dana Polanichka (shown here without tacos) and served in class or at dinner with students at her house. Yes, she’s one of the sharpest young medievalists in the field, but she makes time to cook for students—and recruit them to, say, help her research and write a book about women in the court of Charlemagne—because (as they said in eighth-century France) that’s how she rolls. Many of our professors roll that way.
THROWING A REGATTA That Parodies the Whole Idea of Regattas and Yet Also Serves as an Exercise in Community Building and DIY Engineering This would be the Head of the Peacock, the lead-in to our annual Spring Weekend (which features live music, a dunk tank and a huge Slip â€™N Slide). Teams of students build boats out of nearly nothing and try to paddle across Peacock Pond. They also wear freaky costumes and paint themselves. Literally unforgettable.
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and accessible faculty; inspiring students who
to Boston and Providence—two cities with major
want to lead interesting, worthwhile lives; and
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resources that let these people (to use the
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a cappella group. This is how lives change.
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Approximately 65 percent
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citizens of other countries and U.S. citizens who live make our campus a more interesting place, in and out
Selected Graduate School Placements for the Class of 2015
Selected First Jobs for the Class of 2015
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Boston Children’s Hospital
Duke University Medical Center
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Florida State University
Brown Brothers Harriman
George Mason University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Friends School, Tokyo
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
New England School of Law
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New York University
NBC Universal Inc.
New York State Senate
Sotheby’s Institute of Art
State Street Bank and Trust
University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
University of Maine
Zaatrai Syrian Refugee Camp
University of Sydney (Australia)
Notable alumni Chris Denorfia, Chicago Cubs outfielder Nick Fradiani, American Idol Season 14 winner Jean Fritz, Newbery Honor-winning author of children’s books Trish Karter, founder of Dancing Deer Baking Co. Catherine Keener, Academy Award—nominated actor Sandra Ohrn Moose, Chair of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Ellen Moran, former White House Communications Director, and former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Thomas M. Sanderson, international security expert at CSIS Sam Sisakhti, founder and CEO of UsTrendy.com Lesley Stahl, broadcast journalist Ken Kristensen, graphic novelist, screenwriter and TV director-producer Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Alex Witchel, New York Times journalist
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