Wheaton College is a four-year, private liberal arts college, which draws students from across the country and around the globe. It has an approximate student body of 1,550. Wheaton's residential campus, one of the loveliest (click here for campus views) in New England, is located in Norton, Massachusetts, between Boston, and Providence, Rhode Island.
Wheaton was founded in 1834 as a female seminary. The college became coeducational in 1987, after more than 150 years as a leading college for women. Wheaton's traditional commitment to equality is today reflected in its commitment to diversity in all its forms. Wheaton is an active community of learners who value the liberal arts as a means for personal growth, professional success and leadership that improves the world.
The essence of a Wheaton education lies in the close collaborative relationships that develop between students and faculty. Classes are small. Students know their professors as teachers, advisors, supervisors of research projects and often as friends. The student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1 and the average class size is between 15 and 20, promoting rich intellectual discourse among students and their professors. Often, students collaborate with faculty members on research projects or artistic endeavors such as gallery exhibitions and theatre productions.
Every class encourages students to make connections—between disciplines, between cultures, between theory and practice. Beyond the classroom, students translate their knowledge into action. Wheaton's pioneering Filene Center for Work and Learning helps students pursue out-of-class learning experiences such as internships, research fellowships and field experiences. The Center for Global Education opened its doors to the Wheaton community in the fall of 2002, expanding study abroad opportunities and developing new initiatives to internationalize the Wheaton campus.
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