Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts


International Applicants

We’re delighted that you are applying to Wheaton! The information below will guide you through the application process.

Admission to Wheaton is very competitive and is based on academic preparation, intellectual curiosity, writing skills, English proficiency, the difficulty of a student's secondary-school curriculum, teacher and counselor evaluations and achievements outside the classroom. Members of the admission staff are familiar with educational systems around the world and know how to interpret the transcripts and grading scales of many different countries.

Please review important information about submitting your financial documents. This information, which applies to all non-U.S. citizens, regardless of financial aid intent can be found below under the heading, "Financial documentation required of all non-U.S. citizens."

Do you have questions about the application process? Check out the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.

Please read the instructions carefully before you begin the application. Please see the special instructions for Early Decision applicants.

  • Application deadlines
    Early Decision November 15 December 15
    Early Action November 15 January 15
    Regular Decision (fall entry) January 1 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 1. 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 the Common Application support team. The application fee is U.S. $50 and should be paid through the Common Application website. If the fee is a burden that will prevent you from applying to Wheaton, please submit Wheaton's application fee waiver form.

    Remember to indicate the decision plan for which you are applying on the application and on all other forms. Be sure to sign and date your application. If submitting a paper application, please type or print clearly and write your full name and date of birth on every credential submitted as part of your application. It is extremely important that you use the same name on all credentials and written correspondence with the Offices of Admission and Student Financial Services.

    Important: 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
    1. 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 admission@wheatoncollege.edu. English proficiency waivers will be granted only after an application is submitted.
    2. Secondary school report, academic transcripts (high school and college) and midyear report
      After completing the candidate’s section, ask your high school college advisor or principal 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 grades from the current academic year are available. The Admission Committee will not make decisions on candidates without at least first-term grades. Please note: The Final Report is required only of students who have already graduated from high school.
    3. Teacher Evaluations
      Ask two of your instructors to complete the Common Application Teacher Evaluation form and submit it directly to the Office of Admission or to you in a sealed envelope 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.
    4. Certification of Finances
      All applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States must submit a Certification of Finances form (available online through Student Financial Services) or a bank statement indicating resources available to support four years of their educational expenses.
  • Optional credentials (test scores, writing sample, portfolio)
        1. Academic Writing Sample
          A copy of an analytical or research-based writing sample from an English, social studies, humanities or natural science class often is helpful to the Admission Committee in its review of candidates. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a graded paper of no more than five pages, written in the last year. International students who wish to submit a paper, but who do not have one written in English, may translate the original from their native language into English. 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.
        2. Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests)
          The submission of standardized test results is optional for all candidates. The admission committee, however, encourages international 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 (admission@wheatoncollege.edu) 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 I who wish to include their test scores in their applications should plan to complete testing no later than October of their final year of high school.
        3. 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
          • Dance
          • Music
          • Theater
          • Film

          *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 admission@wheatoncollege.edu. 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.
  • Campus visits and personal interviews

    If you are able to travel to the United States, we strongly encourage you to visit Wheaton. Personal interviews are recommended for all applicants who visit Wheaton, and 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 1. Register online, email us or call 508-286-8251.

    Members of the admission staff travel each fall to parts of Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.  If you would like to arrange a meeting with an admission counselor, please send your request to admission@wheatoncollege.edu.

  • Financial documentation required for all non-U.S. citizens

    All financial documents must show the support available to you, in US dollars, for each of your four years at Wheaton. If financial support is submitted for less than four years, the total amount will be divided by four, with the assumption that 25% of the total will be available for each of your four years at Wheaton.

    Example: A Certification of Finances form (COF) that shows $60,000 available in years one and two, but no support in years three and four, will be interpreted as $30,000 available for each of the four years.

    It is important to note that candidates wishing to receive need-based financial aid at any point during their four years at Wheaton must apply for financial aid by: 

    • November 15, Early Decision
    • December 15, Early Action
    • February 1, Regular Decision

    Candidates for need-based financial aid
    In order for your admission application to receive full consideration, the following credentials must be received by the deadline above:
    International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA)

    Candidates not seeking need-based financial aid
    A properly submitted (see above) Certification of Finances Form (COF) showing four years of financial support is due by:

    • November 15, Early Decision
    • November 15, Early Action
    • January 1, Regular Decision
  • Financial aid

    Financial aid is awarded to international students based on a combined assessment of financial eligibility and the overall academic strength of the candidate. For the required forms or more information, please visit the International FAQ section of the Web site or contact the Office of Student Financial Services at sfs@wheatoncollege.edu or 508-286-8251 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (GMT) Monday through Friday.

  • Required Credentials for Financial Aid Candidates
    1. The International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA)
      The ISFAA is used to determine eligibility for funding and is required of all international financial aid applicants. The ISFAA is available through Student Financial Services. In addition to the ISFAA, applicants must submit letters verifying their parent(s) salary(ies).
  • Financial aid application deadlines
    Financial aid deadline
    First-Year Applicants
    Regular Decision (spring entry) November 1
    Early Decision November 15
    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

    While Wheaton attempts to provide financial assistance to accepted non-U.S. students, it is unlikely that funding will be available for applicants whose financial aid documents are submitted after Wheaton’s deadlines.

  • Application checklist for international 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.
    1. Common Application, including personal statement
    2. U.S. $50 Application Fee, payable through the Common Application website, or utilize Wheaton's fee waiver form.
    3. Secondary School Report and Transcripts
    4. Midyear Report (when grades from the current academic year are available)
    5. Two Academic Teacher Evaluations
    6. English Proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers only)
    7. Certification of Finances or bank statement

    Required (If applicable)

    1. Early Decision Agreement Form (signed by you, your parent/guardian and your high school counselor)
    2. International Student Financial Aid Application

    Optional Credentials (see details above)

    1. Standardized Test Scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests)
    2. 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.)
    3. Personal Academic Portfolio

Contact us. Questions regarding these application materials or other aspects of the admission process may be directed to:

Office of Admission
Fax: 508-286-8271

Office of Student Financial Services
Fax: 508-286-3787

Common Application Technical Support

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