Wheaton College

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: New England
City/State: Norton, MA
Locale: Small Town (10,000 to 25,000)
Student Population (FTE): 1,700
In-State Tuition: $59,750.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $59,750.00
Institution Website: http://wheatoncollege.edu/
Institution Type:
Baccalaureate College/University
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts offers a rigorous undergraduate liberal arts and science education in a small intimate residential setting that includes a large and vibrant LGBTQ+ population. In fact, more than 1 in 3 students identified as LGBTQ+ on a recent campus climate survey (2019). In addition, the college is supportive of LGBTQ+ faculty and staff and many offices have allies who receive safe space training. The needs of the student community are supported by The Network for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Support and Advocacy, a standing committee whose goal is to institutionalize an enhanced experience for LGBTQ+ students. The Network is an umbrella entity whose goal is to amplify and champion the work of our queer-centric students and student organizations and is comprised of students, staff, and faculty from all areas of campus who have a keen interest in serving as a leader in this area. Some members identify within the LGBTQ+ community, and some do not, but all members are vested in better serving our LGBTQ+ students. Any member of the Wheaton community who is well-versed in LGBTQ+ theory, struggles, and concerns are welcome to join the Network. Wheaton also offers a gender neutral campus housing policy and a theme house designed for students interested in living in an LGBTQ residential space that also provides a center for programming and advocacy. Academic areas also provide opportunities for focusing on LGBTQ issues through coursework and academic programs.

Our Synopsis

The Network for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Support and Advocacy accomplishes its goal of institutionalizing an enhanced experience for LGBTQ+ students by creating heightened visibility for the emerging concerns of our LGBTQ+ community, and provides coordinated support in response to them, in addition to generating relevant LGBTQ+ programming. Additionally, several student organizations focus on LGBTQ+ concerns. The Alliance seeks to promote equality and tolerance in the community and to create a safe space for students of any sexuality, orientation, or gender identity to be accepted as well as aim to educate about current LGBTQ issues. Queer and Trans Students of Color provides a space for LGBTQIA and students of color to mobilize politically, interact socially and educate each other about the intersection of race, gender, sex, and sexuality. A number of academic areas offer courses that examine issues of identity and sexuality. Students who want to explore these in an interdisciplinary manner can design their own major or tailor the existing Women and Gender Studies major. A minor in women and gender studies or a connection in sexuality are also available for interested students. Prior to graduation, LGBTQ students are brought together to celebrate their accomplishments at the annual Lavender Ceremony. LGBTQ alumni are invited to network and stay connected to Wheaton through the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender alumni group.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Wheaton College

"I was openly transgender since my very first year at Wheaton College. Wheaton has a very strong network of faculty and peers who are supportive and ready to help students who identify as LGBTQ+. QTPOC, SAFE Haüs, Alliance, and the Base are all wonderful places LGBTQ+ identifying students can go to find community and support."

— Anonymous

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Open Pride | Early Arrival Program


Lavender Graduation


LGBTQ+ History Month (Month-Long Series of Events)


LGBTQ+ Takeover (Week-Long Series of Events and Collaborations)


Admissions Office

Wheaton College Admissions Office

Wanda Suriel
Wheaton College
26 East Main Street

Norton, MA 02766

Phone: 508-286-8251
Website: https://wheatoncollege.edu/admission/

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at lgbtmap.org/equality-maps.

Wheaton College
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
4 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
4.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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