Wheaton College

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Wheaton College is an explicitly Christian, academically rigorous, fully residential liberal arts college and graduate school located in the Chicago area.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Website: wheaton.edu

Phone: 630-752-5000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 362182171

CEO/President: Dr. Philip Ryken

Chairman: James Goetz

Board size: 18

Founder: Jonathan Blanchard

Ruling year: 1976

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Established in 1860 in Wheaton, Illinois, Wheaton is guided by its original mission to provide excellence in Christian higher education.

Mission statement

Wheaton College serves Jesus Christ and advances His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.

This mission expresses our commitment to do all things - "For Christ and His Kingdom."

Statement of faith

WE BELIEVE in one sovereign God, eternally existing in three persons: the everlasting Father, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and the Holy Spirit, the giver of life; and we believe that God created the Heavens and the earth out of nothing by His spoken word, and for His own glory.

WE BELIEVE that God has revealed Himself and His truth in the created order, in the Scriptures, and supremely in Jesus Christ; and that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, so that they are fully trustworthy and of supreme and final authority in all they say.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, was true God and true man, existing in one person and without sin; and we believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for us as Lord of all, High Priest, and Advocate.

WE BELIEVE that God directly created Adam and Eve, the historical parents of the entire human race; and that they were created in His own image, distinct from all other living creatures, and in a state of original righteousness.

WE BELIEVE that our first parents sinned by rebelling against God's revealed will and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death, and that as a result all human beings are born with a sinful nature that leads them to sin in thought, word, and deed.

WE BELIEVE in the existence of Satan, sin, and evil powers, and that all these have been defeated by God in the cross of Christ.

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, triumphing over all evil; and that all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood and forgiven of all their sins.

WE BELIEVE that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God and are enabled to offer spiritual worship acceptable to God.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to believers, enables them to understand the Scriptures, empowers them for godly living, and equips them for service and witness.

WE BELIEVE that the one, holy, universal Church is the body of Christ and is composed of the communities of Christ's people. The task of Christ's people in this world is to be God's redeemed community, embodying His love by worshipping God with confession, prayer, and praise; by proclaiming the gospel of God's redemptive love through our Lord Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth by word and deed; by caring for all of God's creation and actively seeking the good of everyone, especially the poor and needy.

WE BELIEVE in the blessed hope that Jesus Christ will soon return to this earth, personally, visibly, and unexpectedly, in power and great glory, to gather His elect, to raise the dead, to judge the nations, and to bring His Kingdom to fulfillment.

WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting punishment of the lost, and the everlasting blessedness of the saved.

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating531 of 111075 of 129
Fund acquisition rating294 of 111141 of 129
Resource allocation rating584 of 111167 of 129
Asset utilization rating751 of 1110100 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$12,800,945$15,107,811$9,897,737$11,113,970$12,900,643
Short-term investments$607,153,261$744,425,655$598,498,652$587,391,641$575,191,362
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$688,446,063$797,025,814$636,730,594$647,814,625$624,292,088
Long-term investments$67,119,992$63,361,637$47,857,458$54,977,084$54,780,694
Fixed assets$241,355,492$231,888,788$235,825,244$212,479,103$210,556,504
Other long-term assets$12,539,511$13,448,779$12,788,764$15,575,684$13,783,155
Total long-term assets$321,014,995$308,699,204$296,471,466$283,031,871$279,120,353
Total assets$1,009,461,058$1,105,725,018$933,202,060$930,846,496$903,412,441
Payables and accrued expenses$21,773,855$12,791,900$14,840,306$12,213,810$12,604,860
Other current liabilities$5,601,485$4,196,541$2,764,545$5,053,425$4,564,045
Total current liabilities$27,375,340$16,988,441$17,604,851$17,267,235$17,168,905
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$96,242,198$112,225,276$112,151,135$105,527,302$111,375,782
Total long-term liabilities$168,242,198$161,725,276$154,151,135$147,499,759$153,293,153
Total liabilities$195,617,538$178,713,717$171,755,986$164,766,994$170,462,058
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$344,944,452$368,979,609$312,327,102$312,596,670$309,009,923
With donor restrictions$468,899,068$558,031,692$449,118,972$453,482,832$423,940,460
Net assets$813,843,520$927,011,301$761,446,074$766,079,502$732,950,383
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$51,186,494$42,252,702$26,098,804$41,339,476$35,492,859
Program service revenue$127,690,288$114,849,588$122,486,167$123,373,317$119,979,390
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$51,732,979$122,812,635$27,474,285$47,046,603$33,144,943
Other revenue$879,289$861,435$794,416$1,134,946$1,480,558
Total other revenue$180,302,556$238,523,658$150,754,868$171,554,866$154,604,891
Total revenue$231,489,050$280,776,360$176,853,672$212,894,342$190,097,750
Program services$141,555,904$134,991,827$139,243,021$136,964,933$130,565,356
Management and general$24,366,031$24,987,977$18,814,910$19,358,870$20,270,728
Total expenses$169,298,848$163,618,905$162,031,167$160,312,654$155,118,932
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$62,190,202$117,157,455$14,822,505$52,581,688$34,978,818
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$62,190,202$117,157,455$14,822,505$52,581,688$34,978,818


Philip G RykenPresident/Trustee$542,069
J Chadwick RynbrandtVP for Finance & Operations, Treasurer$307,365
Kirk D FarneyVP for Advancement & Alumni Relations$264,614
Karen LeeProvost$257,245
Paul ChelsenVice President - Student Development$245,529
Kenneth LarsonInvestment Manager$235,473
Edward StetzerDean & Exec Dir Wcbgc$223,836
Silvio VazquezChief Enrollment Management Officer$211,865
Jamie AtenProfessor/Exec Director of HDI$210,305
Randy NorbeckInterim Director of Construction & Maintenance$202,229
Michael WilderDean of Music & Communications$181,765
Carlos GarciaController$178,552
Gregory WaybrightTrustee -Reinstated May 2022$144,904

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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From the Abolitionist movement to the revivals of Billy Graham, Wheaton has experienced more than 150 years of dynamic engagement in academics and culture. Wheaton's history is marked by stories of great faith and learning, and of the students who took their Wheaton education to influence the world For Christ and His Kingdom.

Program accomplishments

90+ Countries represented in the student body

43 Undergraduate majors, including six in the conservatory of music

18 Graduate and PH.D. Programs

11:1 Student - to-Faculty Ratio