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): 1,567
In-State Tuition: $48,694.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $48,694.00
Institution Website: http://wheatoncollege.edu/
Institution Type:
Baccalaureate College/University
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 5 students identified as LGBTQ on a recent campus climate survey (2015). 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 a gender neutral campus housing policy and a theme house (Safe Haus) designed for students interested in living in an LGBTQ residential space that also provides a center for programing and advocacy. Academic areas also provide opportunities for focusing on LGBTQ issues through coursework and academic programs.

Our Synopsis

There are two student organizations focus on LGBTQ concerns. The Alliance is 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 LGBT 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 identify and sexuality. Students who want to explore these in an interdisciplinary manner by designing their own major or tailoring 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. Through the Wheaton Edge, students are guaranteed funding for an outside learning experience that compliments the classroom experience. Wheaton Edge funding can support activities like an unfunded summer internship at a non-profit or public advocacy organization or work on faculty research projects. 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 Alumnae/I alumni group.

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Lavender Celebration


Wheaton at Boston Pride

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

Wheaton College Admissions Office

Grant Gosselin
Wheaton College
26 E. Main St.

Norton, MA 02766

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

Admission Application Deadline:
Regular Decision is January 15

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.

Wheaton College
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
4 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
4 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
4 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
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
3 of 5

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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