Return on investment

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, the Class of 2014 reported a 98 percent success rate, meaning they were employed (making as much as $100,000), enrolled in graduate or professional school, engaged in volunteer service, gaining experience through internships or benefitting from prestigious fellowships such as the Fulbright.

A sampling of some of the first jobs for the Class of 2014:

  • Investor relations assistant, AEW Capital Management
  • Fraud prevention technology analyst, Bank of America
  • Research assistant, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Senior financial aid advisor, Boston University
  • Fund accountant, Brown Brothers Harriman
  • English teacher, Cambodian Arts and Scholarship Foundation
  • Production assistant, Comedy Central
  • YouTube online partner manager, Google
  • Financial advisor, ING Financial Services 
  • Teacher, Manchester (NH) Public Schools
  • Applications specialist, Meditech
  • Client associate, Merrill Lynch
  • Actuarial analyst, MetLife
  • Software engineer, Microsoft
  • Human resources associate, New York Life Insurance
  • Page, NBC Universal
  • Editorial assistant, Oxford University Press
  • Clinical research assistant, Rhode Island Hospital
  • Environmental scientist, Tyree Environmental
  • Practice coordinator, Tufts Medical Center
  • Research specialist, University of Pennsylvania 

Advanced study

Our graduates earn admission to the nation’s most prestigious graduate and professional schools, and they often report that their Wheaton education prepared them very well for the rigors of advanced study. More than 50 percent of our students enroll in graduate school within five years of leaving Wheaton. Nearly one-quarter of the members of the Class of 2014 are pursuing graduate or professional degrees. Check out where they’re going.

Top 10 Graduate Programs
(Ranked by attendance since 2004)

1. Harvard University (103)
2. Boston University (74)
3. Simmons College (55)
4. Northeastern University (50)
5. Tufts University (46)
6. Lesley University (44)
7. Boston College (38) 

8. New York University (35)
9. University of Massachusetts Boston (33)
10. Suffolk University (31)

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.”

Persephone Tan ’09
Director of Housing, New York City Council

“Interdisciplinary courses—which are required at Wheaton—taught me to take on more challenges, question the norm, and apply my skills to (almost) any work environment. The liberal arts means there are no limits to what you’re capable of knowing or doing.”

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


Fulbright_Top-Scholar-Producer-13-220x220 Fulbright leader
Ten consecutive years ranked among the nation’s top ten in preparing undergraduates to win U.S. Fulbright awards.
The_Princeton_Review_Logo Princeton Review
The Best 378 Colleges 2014. “Faculty are ‘easily the strong point of Wheaton,’ as ‘tenured, associate, and visiting professors are all extremely well-educated and aren’t pretentious in their teaching style.’
us_news_logo_2014 US News and World Report
Ranked #67 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.
brainiac-220x146 The Daily Beast
America’s 25 Brainiac Colleges … that is, colleges “where brainiacs flock and flourish.”
WM_2013_Best_Colleges_L Washington Monthly
Best Bang for the Buck – Liberal Arts Colleges
Zinch-logov2 Zinch
Since its founding, Wheaton has cultivated a rich history of academic excellence.
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A great college for those looking for a well rounded experience.