Wheelock College

Wheelock College

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Wheelock College, in Boston, MA, began in 1888 as a training school for kindergarten teachers (then a new concept in the US). Called Miss Wheelock’s Kindergarten Training School, Wheelock developed as a pioneer in early childhood education, gradually incorporating psychology, social science, and other newly emerging sciences to create groundbreaking and influential program. Wheelock grew by degrees, from a 1-year, to a 2-year, 3-year, and finally 4-year college, adding graduate programs as well as teacher and family services education grew more sophisticated. Today, Wheelock is known as one of the best education-focused colleges in the North, and is set to merge with Boston University in 2018 to become the BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.

Academic Programs

Wheelock College is highly specialized, with a focus on improving life for children and families. Wheelock College is a leader in the helping professions, with three schools: the School of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy; the School of Education, Child Life, and Family Studies; and the School of Arts and Sciences. The undergraduate programs at Wheelock build on a liberal arts foundation with emphasis on public service, social responsibility, and transformation. Majors include a full array of educational programs, social work, psychology, and other, more specialized concerns; exceptional minors include areas like Understanding Autism and Youth Justice and Advocacy, which can enhance the expertise of teachers and social workers.

Wheelock has the small size and excellent student support of a small liberal arts college, with an incredibly low 9:1 student:faculty ratio that allows faculty mentors to work closely with students. Community engagement and outreach is a key part of Wheelock’s curriculum, incorporating extensive service learning activities, community field research, and other forms of engagement,like the Wheelock Family Theater. Every student is required to take on some form of field experience, study abroad, or internship before graduating. With well over 200,000 hours of community service, Wheelock has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Student Life

Wheelock College has a small student body of fewer than 1000 students, more than 80% of whom are women. The student population is highly diverse; more than a third of all students come from a minority background, and more than a third come from outside of Massachusetts, drawn to Wheelock’s national reputation for excellence. Around two-thirds of undergraduates lives on campus, building a close and supportive environment for growth and development. More than two dozen student-led organizations and clubs keep students busy outside of their rigorous, rewarding classes.

The Wheelock Wildcats compete in 14 NCAA Division III sports, including both men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, and soccer. Wheelock students also compete in intramural sports as part of the Colleges of the Fenway, a consortium of six small, local colleges in the Boston area that pool their resources for extracurricular activities. Students not inclined to sports may build community with clubs like the Ukulele Union, Stepping With a Purpose, and the Nerd and Gaming Alliance.