Wheelock College

Arts and Sciences College in Boston's Fenway

Begun in 1888, Wheelock College still serves its original mission:  improving the lives of children and families, as well as society in general.

Located in the leafy Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Wheelock is next two other small colleges, Simmons and Emmanuel College, and close to several other colleges and two large universities. 

Fenway Park is just a stone's throw away, and some of Boston's major cultural institutions are nearby. 


What can you study at Wheelock?

Undergraduate programs at Wheelock focus on providing strong foundations in arts and sciences plus professional career preparation.  Wheelock offers programs through 3 schools: Arts and Sciences, Education and Childlife, and Social Work and Family Studies. 

Majors include elementary and childhood education, special ed, juvenile justice, counseling, daycare, social work, and child life work.  Graduate and professional development programs focus on career advancement in these areas.


What makes Wheelock College special?

Wheelock's small size - less than 1,000 undergraduates - means that you'll be part of a tight community where you can make a difference. 

Wheelock combines theory with practical experience, which means that you'll have the opportunity for in-field placements in almost 200 schools, community agencies, hospitals, and programs in the Boston area - great way to explore your interests as well as to get some great experience to have on your resume once you start looking for jobs.

Wheelock belongs to the Colleges of the Fenway consortium.  This means that you can cross-register for courses at the other member schools.  This extends your options.   You'll have the advantage of close faculty support made possible by Wheelock's small size, but the Consortium's cross-registration option gives you the expanded course offerings that you usually find in much larger schools.

Several times each year, Wheelock offers international service learning trips to countries such as Guatemala, Ghana, Benin, Singapore, Mexico, and Northern Ireland.


Wheelock Family Theatre

Wheelock Family Theatre typically presents three plays and musicals each year designed especially to appeal to family members of all ages as part of its mission to draw families together through the shared experience of live theater.  

In addition to the productions by professional directors, producers, and actors, the theatre runs its own educational program, offering many theater classes and workshops for children and teens.

The theater and ticket office are located at 180 The Riverway (between Longwood and Brookline Avenues) on the the Wheelock Campus.


How to tour the campus

Join a campus tour on Monday through Friday at 10am and 2pm.  You can also schedule an interview on Monday through Friday between 10:00am and 3:30pm.  Call 617-879-2206 to schedule tours and interviews. 

Wheelock also offers Information Sessions conducted by Admissions Counselors combined with student-guided campus tours in February, plus other Admission events throughout the year.  Check the Wheelock website for details - click on Admissions.


Details and Directions

Founded:  1888
Students:  850 undergrads; 95%+ female; 325 graduate students
Campus type:   City, but the 1.5 campus is in a leafy area across from The Fens, a beautiful park that's part of Boston's "necklace" of green spaces.
Dorms:  Yes
Address:  200 Riverway, Boston, MA
Nearest T station:  Red Line/Central Square
Parking:  Almost no metered parking is available nearby, but you'll find several convenient Boston parking garages in Fenway.  Landmark, Masco, and Standard Parking Garage are the closest to Wheelock College.
Organizational type:  Private, secular, non-profit 
For more information:  800-877-4723

More Wheelock Campus Tour Resources

More colleges to tour nearby:  Colleges of the Fenway

Where to stay:   Hotels near Fenway Park

Where to eat:  Fenway Restaurants

Where to park:  Boston Parking Garages in Fenway

More about the neighborhood:  Fenway information