A bit late, but I thought I’d share my insights on Wheaton College as well.
First off, Wheaton is fairly rigorous in terms of their academics and I might say they are on par with Bats College in terms of rigor. I can’t say for certain since I haven’t attended either college, but looking at the Wheaton faculty, they are highly qualified and come from many top and distinguished grad schools throughout the country (ie. Northwestern, UChicago, Vanderbilt, Princeton). Compared to somewhere like Pepperdine University, a christian university in California currently ranked ~50th on US News National Universities Ranking, Wheaton will offer significantly more rigorous academics. That aside, I think you should know a bit about the college life at Wheaton.
Wheaton College has what is called “Christ at the Core.” This is a common core structured around scripture, christian thought, and faith. Every student is required to attend chapel I think three times a week not including regular Sunday services. Staying true to their motto, “For Christ and His Kingdom,” Wheaton tries to mend college life and christian life into one wholesome experience. At Wheaton, you will be reminded everyday that you are attending a college dedicated to teaching a quality liberal arts education and strengthening your bond with Christ. All the professors teach their classes through both a christian lens and conventional/“secular” lens. You will be taught, for example, the fundamentals of biology and psychology as what they are in a scientific setting as well as how they apply to christian life and God’s plan. A bit watered down, and I’m not the best at wording things, but that’s what you should be expecting from Wheaton. No college is perfect, and at Wheaton they will openly admit they have many faults, claiming there is no college in the world who needs God more than Wheaton College. So with that said, you can expect many cheerful, friendly, humble, strong, driven, stubborn, angry, tired, weak, and imperfect people there, but they all are working towards becoming better individuals and better followers of Christ. From all that it’s pretty obvious Wheaton College isn’t for everyone, and that’s probably what’s keeping it from getting the credit and merit it deserves, but this kind of teaching is also what draws many students from around the world to Wheaton College (they have students coming from over 130 countries). If you go to Wheaton, you’ll be happy there, that’s pretty guaranteed; it’s highly unlikely you can be unhappy there. but remember that unlike just about any other top liberal arts college or university, Christian values are at the core of what they teach.
I’m not very familiar with their athletics, and I can’t say much other than they are D3 and apparently pretty good within the CCIW. I don’t know if this means anything to you, but a few of their sports teams–don’t know which ones–went to play Emory University (another D3 school but not in the CCIW) last year and they apparently had pretty easy wins. Anyways, that’s all I can think of right now, and perhaps it was all for nothing and you already made up your mind.