We’re delighted that you are applying to Wheaton! The information below will guide you through the application process.
- Application deadlines
Admission deadline Notification Early Decision November 15 December 15 Early Action November 15 January 15 Regular Decision (fall entry) January 4 April 1 Regular Decision (spring entry) November 1 December 15
- Early decision/Early action
The deadline for all completed Early Decision applications is November 15. Candidates are notified of the admission committee's decision by December 15. The deadline for all completed Early Action applications is also November 15. Candidates are notified of the admission committee's decision by January 4. For more, including financial aid information, visit our Early Decision/Early Action page.
- Admission application and fee
You may apply to Wheaton through the Common Application Web site. Technical questions about the online application process should be directed to Common Application support team. The application fee is $50 and may be paid through the Common Application website or by personal check made payable to Wheaton College. If the fee is a burden that will prevent you from applying to Wheaton, please see your guidance counselor to inquire about a NACAC Waiver form, or utilize Wheaton's fee waiver form.
If submitting a paper application, please type or print clearly and write your full name, date of birth and application decision plan on every credential submitted as part of your application. Note: Remember to complete the co-curricular and employment sections of the application. Even if you plan to submit a personal résumé, this portion of the application is required.
- Admission forms to download
- Required credentials
- Secondary school report, academic transcripts (high school and college) and midyear report After completing the candidate’s section, ask your high school college advisor to submit the Secondary School Report form, which is part of the Common Application. An official copy of your high school transcript must accompany the Secondary School Report. An official midyear transcript must be submitted by your high school as soon as it is available. Please note: The Admission Committee will not make decisions on candidates without at least first-term grades. If your high school requires you to submit a release form, complete the Release of First Marking Period Grades form and give it to your school counselor.
- Teacher evaluations Ask two of your instructors to complete the Common Application Teacher Evaluation form and submit it directly to the Office of Admission by the appropriate application deadline date. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit evaluations from instructors who have taught them in an academic subject within the last two years.
- English proficiency (non-native English speakers only) Applicants for whom English is not the first language must provide evidence of their fluency. IELTS and TOEFL are Wheaton's preferred English proficiency tests, however the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) may be submitted in lieu of IELTS or TOEFL. A score of 7.0 on the IELTS is recommended for admission. A score of at least 90 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) is expected, although students who score over 100 are considered best prepared for a smooth transition to academic life at Wheaton. The code for sending your IELTS score to Wheaton is 5109. For TOEFL, the code is 3963. Students who have been studying entirely in English (without ESL support) throughout secondary school may be eligible for a waiver of the English proficiency requirement by contacting the Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. English proficiency waivers will be granted only after an application is submitted.
- Optional credentials (test scores, writing sample, portfolio)
- Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests) The submission of standardized test results is optional for all candidates. The admission committee, however, encourages students whose first language is not English to submit their scores. English proficiency testing, (IELTS, TOEFL) is required of non-native English speakers. Candidates who believe they should be exempt from English proficiency testing may contact the Admission Office (email@example.com) to inquire about a waiver after submitting the Common Application.The ETS code (College Board/SAT) for sending your scores to Wheaton is 3963; the ACT code is 1932. Score reports for submitters must be received no later than the application deadline. Students applying for Early Decision who wish to include their test scores in their applications should plan to complete testing no later than November of their senior year.
- Academic writing sample A copy of an analytical or research-based writing sample from an English, social studies, humanities or natural science class is helpful to the Admission Committee in its review of candidates. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to submit a graded paper of no more than five pages, written in the last year. A writing sample can be uploaded in the "Additional Information" section of the Common Application site, or send it to us by email or regular mail.
- Personal portfolios Students may wish to submit additional material with their application which may provide evidence of particular talents or interests.Wheaton requests that work representing talent in the following categories be submitted via SlideRoom*.
- Visual Arts
*To set up a SlideRoom account click on the SlideRoom link within the Common Application.
Faculty will review these portfolios if they are submitted at least two weeks before the application deadline.
Applicants are welcome to submit portfolios representing other academic and personal accomplishments by sending them directly to the Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that electronic submissions are preferred and that any hardcopy portfolios will not be returned. Examples of possible submissions include:
- Community Service Projects
- Entrepreneurial Pursuits
- Creative Writing (Please limit submissions to 5 single-spaced pages or fewer.)
- Educational assessments/diagnostic testing
Students with specific learning disabilities or learning style differences may wish to submit copies of any recent professional assessments or documentation with their application to Wheaton. Submission of documentation is purely voluntary and all materials are kept confidential. Students planning to submit testing should note that testing should be no more than three years old. Testing may be offered as a service by your public school system.
- Campus visits and personal interviews
We encourage you to visit the Wheaton campus. Personal interviews are strongly recommended for all applicants. While you are on campus you also may participate in an information session and/or a tour. Tours and interviews are available by appointment weekdays (and Saturday mornings all fall) between April 1 and January 4. Register online, email us or call 800-394-6003 or 508-286-8251.
- Financial aid
Financial aid for admitted students is determined based on a combined assessment of financial eligibility and the overall academic strength of the candidate. U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying for financial assistance are asked to complete both the CSS PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Wheaton CSS code number is 3963 and the Wheaton FAFSA code number is 002227. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 800-541-3639 or 508-286-8232 or at email@example.com .
- Required Credentials for Financial Aid Candidates
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal funding and is required of all financial aid applicants. The FAFSA is available online . Students, along with their parents, should complete and submit the form to the processor as soon as possible after January 1. Although the form asks for specific information from student and parent tax returns, applicants should not wait to complete tax returns for the current year before submitting the FAFSA. Complete the application in early January using the best possible estimates of family income; Corrections can be submitted later. Wheaton’s federal code number for the FAFSA is 002227.
- CSS PROFILE application Wheaton uses the information from the PROFILE to determine eligibility for institutional funding. The PROFILE is available online at http://www.collegeboard.com ; processing takes only 48 hours. CSS will send you an individualized application based on the registration information provided. Wheaton’s institutional code number for PROFILE is 3963. Applicants with questions about the PROFILE service should contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 800-541-3639 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Student and parent tax returns Wheaton also requires that you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) submit copies of your federal income tax returns. If you are using estimates on FAFSA and PROFILE because you have not yet completed the appropriate year’s tax return, you must submit the most recent year’s tax return by the published deadline. You should include all pages, schedules and W-2 forms. Once a current-year tax form has been filed, a complete copy must be forwarded to the college. If you or your parent(s) have not and will not be filing a federal tax return, you must send a letter stating this and list all sources of income for the year.
- Noncustodial parent's statement If your parents are separated, divorced or never married, the parent with whom you do not live (the noncustodial parent) must complete a Noncustodial Parent’s Statement. You will be given a link for your noncustodial parent to complete this form when you complete your PROFILE online.
- Business/farm supplement If you or your parent(s) own a business or a farm, you must submit a Business/Farm Supplement to Wheaton. You will be instructed to download and complete the form when completing the PROFILE. You may also request one from the Office of Student Financial Services. This form should be returned directly to Wheaton when completed. If the business files a corporate or partnership tax return, we request that you submit a copy of the business tax return along with the Business/Farm Supplement. You may download this form from: http://www.wheatoncollege.edu/admin/SFS/forms.
- Financial aid application deadlines
While Wheaton attempts to provide financial assistance to all eligible applicants, the college cannot assure that funding will be available for applicants whose files are completed after Wheaton’s deadlines. In order to meet deadlines, students should file the FAFSA and PROFILE applications at least two weeks prior to the deadline. All other required documents (Noncustodial Parent's Statement, etc.) must be submitted by the deadlines below:
Financial aid deadline First-Year Applicants Regular Decision (spring entry) November 1 Early Decision November 15 Early Action (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) February 1 Early Action (non-U.S. citizens only) December 15 Regular Decision (fall entry) February 1 Transfer Applicants Transfer (spring entry) November 1 Transfer (fall entry) April 15
- Application checklist for first-year/freshman candidates
Use this checklist to make sure that you submit all credentials required for the first-year/freshman application process. Please be sure to write or type your name and date of birth (mm/dd/yy) on every non-electronic credential submitted as part of your application. Soon after we receive your application, you will receive a login ID and password that will allow you to track the status of your application online. Please note that it may take up to two weeks from the time we receive your application credentials before they appear in our online tracking system.
- Common Application, including personal statement
- $50 Application Fee, payable through the Common Application website or by personal check made payable to Wheaton College, or utilize Wheaton's fee waiver form .
- Secondary School Report and Transcripts (high school and college, if any)
- Midyear Report (when grades from the current academic year are available)
- Two Academic Instructor Evaluations
Required (If applicable)
- Early Decision Agreement Form (signed by you, your parent/guardian and your high school counselor)
- English Proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers only)
Optional Credentials (see details above)
- Standardized Test Scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests)
- Personal Academic Portfolio
- Academic Writing Sample (You may upload an academic writing sample in the Additional Information section of the Common Application or you may send it via email.)
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid: FAFSA
- CSS PROFILE Application
- Student and Parent Tax Returns
- Noncustodial Parent’s Statement (if applicable)
- Business/Farm Supplement (if applicable)
Contact us. Questions regarding these application materials or other aspects of the admission process may be directed to:
Office of Admission
Office of Student Financial Services
Common Application Technical Support