Affirming freedom

Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, is firmly committed to individual, academic and religious freedom as a cornerstone of its liberal arts mission. Some individuals have confused Wheaton in Massachusetts with an institution in Illinois that shares the same name, but is in no way affiliated with our college.

Let me be clear: The Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., has not suspended a faculty member, a staff member or a student for expressing religious or personal beliefs. Our Wheaton affirms the freedom of faculty, staff and students to share their beliefs while respecting the human rights and dignity of others.

In fact, The Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., values an inclusive approach to education and the world, welcoming people from every race, ethnic or national background, religious tradition and sexual orientation. We believe that this commitment lies at the heart of our academic mission and is rooted in our founding in 1834 as an institution dedicated to providing opportunity to women.

Today, as a college coeducational institution with students from 39 states and 72 countries, we carry forward this dedication to excellence and equality. Our unwavering focus on these ideals has resulted in more than 200 Wheaton students winning prestigious international scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright awards, since 2000. For 10 consecutive years, the college has ranked among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the nation, when it comes to preparing students to win Fulbright Scholarships for advanced study and work abroad.