Wheaton College is a four-year, private liberal arts college with a student body of approximately 1,600. The residential campus is located in Norton, Massachusetts, between Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1834 as a female seminary, it is one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States. Wheaton began admitting men in 1988, after more than 150 years as a women-only institution. Most classes are relatively small: the student-faculty ratio is 11:1 and the average class size is between 15 and 20.