Return on investment

Students looking for a college want to know that their education will lead to success, and Wheaton graduates are finding exactly that. Just six months after graduation, 97 percent of Wheaton alumnae/i in the three most recent classes have secured full- or part-time employment, are pursuing advanced education or are gaining career experience through internships, fellowships or service opportunities.

The value of a Wheaton education is undeniable. It is reflected in not only where our students end up, what they do and how much they make but also in how they are able to achieve those goals. Our students graduate with the field-specific skills and work experience they need to excel in their chosen professions as well as a broad knowledge base that enables them to communicate clearly, tackle complex problems and learn quickly on the job.

Download the Practical, Professional, and Lifelong Value brochure (pdf)

How do we define graduates’ success?

  • Strong earning power immediately after Wheaton and beyond
  • Contributions that make the world a better place
  • Recognition in the form of national and international academic awards and honors
  • A lifetime of learning that includes graduate, doctoral and professional studies
  • Satisfaction with the value of their education

This site offers a current snapshot, in data and examples, of what our graduates are doing in the world and how they feel about their Wheaton education. 

Career potential

Success for Wheaton graduates starts early. Just six months after leaving campus, 99 percent of the Class of 2016 had found employment or had chosen to continue their education through graduate school, internships or other opportunities.

A sampling of some of the first jobs for the Class of 2016:

      • Production associate, 76 Words Media Production Associate
      • Physical therapy aide, AERO Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
      • Graphic designer, ASA College Miami
      • High school English teacher, Aspen School District
      • Behavior interventionist, Autism Spectrum Therapies
      • Studio assistant, Bari Zaki Studio
      • Open source risk specialist, Black Duck Software
      • Operations specialist, Brown Brothers Harriman
      • Owner/founder, Cape Fifteen
      • Domestic violence advocate, Capital Law School
      • Executive assistant, Christian Science Publishing Society
      • Software engineer, ComSearch

  • Park ranger, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Research technician, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Emergency medical technician, EasCare Ambulance
  • Editorial assistant, EPOCH Magazine
  • Data analyst, Google
  • Police officer, Gwinnett County Police Department
  • Photographer, The Henry Studio
  • Financial analyst, JP Morgan Chase and Company
  • Lab technician, Kennebec River Biosciences
  • Paralegal, Law Office of Steven A. Moretti
  • Mental health worker, Maimonides Medical Center
  • Social worker, MA Department of Children and Families
  • Real estate agent, My Boston Condo LLC
  • Museum educator, Mystic Seaport
  • Children’s department clerk, North Haven Memorial Library
  • Bench scientist, Pfizer
  • Social media coordinator, Pure Barre



Advanced study

Our graduates earn admission to the nation’s most prestigious graduate and professional schools, and their Wheaton education helps prepare them for the rigors of advanced study. More than 40 percent of our students enroll in graduate school within five years of leaving Wheaton. Seventeen percent of the members of the Class of 2016 are pursuing graduate or professional degrees. Check out where they’re going.

Top 10 Graduate Programs
(Ranked by attendance since 2006)

1. Harvard University (99)
2. Boston University (84)
3. Northeastern University (72)
4. Simmons College (55)
5. Lesley University (55)
6. New York University (51)
7. Boston College (50) 

8. University of Massachusetts Boston (45)
9. Tufts University (44)
10. University of New England (34)

If you want further proof of Wheaton students’ ability to compete among the nation’s top students, take a look at the number of prestigious scholarships and awards that our graduates win.


Student experience

Who better to explain the value of a Wheaton education than our graduates—individuals who are using what they learned here to find success in myriad ways:

Kelley Allen-Zhou ’05
VP, Senior Technology Consultant and Sustainable Investments Consultant at Loomis, Sayles and Co. LP

“A foundation in the liberal arts allows for a broad, comprehensive vantage with which to view everything from world events to individual challenges in the workplace. Being able to think systemically is a true asset both professionally and personally. Seeing those critical connections is something that has played a considerable role in my life and is something I credit to my Wheaton education.”

Emily Ann Murgia ’08
Acting Director of Education and Visitor Services, Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum

“At Wheaton I completed courses in history, astronomy, religion, music, math, art and English. As a result, I was exposed to and learned so much about the world. Not only do I have a bit of background and knowledge in each of these subjects but I’m also comfortable exploring and tackling new ones. Wheaton taught me that.”

John C. Ahern ’10
Graduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant, University of Maine

“A liberal arts education has allowed me to understand issues and solve problems from different perspectives. Having a multidisciplinary background has been important to my success as a researcher and to communicate my ideas.”

Claudia D’Adamo ’13
Software Engineer, Compete Inc./Millward Brown Digital

“Working in software development you’re solving problems constantly, and I think that liberal arts, and specifically Wheaton, gave me a very special insight and approach to problem solving. Programs like Connections and cross-departmental events really helped connect concepts that I may not have thought about before, and pushed me to think bigger. Those experiences and skills I gained from being at a liberal arts college still apply today in my work and my personal life.”

Jared Duval ’05
Economic Development Director, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

“I knew I wanted to devote my career to public service in some way. What Wheaton gave me was an expanded sense of what, specificallly, that could mean—and the education and support to bring those newly realized possibilities within reach.”


What others say


Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal
Ranked among the top 50 U.S. liberal arts colleges (46th) and 137th among all U.S. colleges and universities in the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal 2017 College Rankings
The_Princeton_Review_Logo Princeton Review
Included in the Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition and the 2017 Best Colleges in the Northeast. “Wheaton is a school that ‘focuses strongly on creating the well-rounded, aware, worldly and accepting liberal arts graduate.’ Students love the ‘small class sizes’ that engender a ‘close connection with faculty.'”
us_news_logo_2014 US News and World Report
Ranked #77 among all liberal arts colleges and #47 on the guidebook’s list of institutions recommended by top high school college counselors as offering the best undergraduate education
Included in Kiplinger’s 2017 list of the 300 Best Value College and Universities
Fulbright_Top-Scholar-Producer-13-220x220 Fulbright leader
Eleven consecutive years ranked among the nation’s top 10 in preparing undergraduates to win U.S. Fulbright awards