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 By December 15
    Early Action November 15 By January 15
    Regular Decision (fall entry) January 1 By April 1
    Regular Decision (spring entry) November 1 By December 20
  • Early decision/Early action
    The deadline for all completed Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) applications is November 15. ED Candidates are notified of the admission committee's decision by December 15 and EA candidates receive their decision January 15. For more details, including financial aid information, visit our Early Decision/Early Action page.
  • Admission application and fee

    The Common Application is Wheaton's official application. 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, please utilize the Common App Fee Waiver or Wheaton's fee waiver form.Technical questions or problems with your application should be directed to Common Application support team or via the Help option on each page of the application.

  • Required credentials
    1. English proficiency (non-native English speakers only)
      Non-U.S. citizens for whom English is not the first language must provide evidence of their fluency. TOEFL (submission code: 3963) and IELTS (submission code: 5109) are Wheaton's preferred English proficiency tests, however the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) is also accepted. Scores of 7.0 on the IELTS or at least 90 on the TOEFL are expected for admission, though students who score over 100 on the TOEFL are considered best prepared for a smooth transition to academic life at Wheaton.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 the Admission Office. All requests should provide evidence of why the English proficiency requirement should be waived.
    2. The School Report, academic transcripts (high school and college) and Mid Year Report
      Ask your university advisor or an official from your school to submit the Common App School Report form. An official copy of your high school transcript must accompany the School Report. An official Mid Year transcript, showing grades from the first semester or trimester, must be submitted by your high school as soon as it is available. Please note: The Admission Committee will not act on applications without at least first-term grades.
    3. Teacher evaluations
      Ask two of your instructors to complete the Common Application Teacher Evaluation form and submit it 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 (COF) indicating resources available to support four years of their educational expenses.
  • Optional credentials (test scores, writing sample, portfolio)
    1. 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 SAT or ACT scores along with the required English proficiency testing (IELTS, TOEFL).Students applying Early Decision who wish to include their SAT or ACT scores in their applications should plan to complete testing no later than November of their senior year.
    2. 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. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to submit a graded paper of no more than five pages, written in the last year. A writing sample may be emailed, faxed (508-286-8271) or sent to the Admission Office (see address at the bottom of this page).
    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 portfolios if they are submitted at least two weeks before the application deadline.

      Applicants are welcome to submit material representing other academic and personal accomplishments via email to the Admission Office. Examples of possible submissions include:

      • Community Service Projects
      • Entrepreneurial Pursuits
      • Creative Writing (Please limit submissions to 5 single-spaced pages or fewer.)

      Please note that electronic submissions are preferred and that any hardcopy portfolios will not be returned.

  • 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. Such testing should be no more than three years old.
  • Campus visits and meetings with admission counselors in your area
    If you are able to travel to the United States, we strongly encourage you to visit Wheaton. Tours, interviews and information sessions are available by appointment most weekdays (and Saturday mornings during the fall). Register online, email us or call 508-286-8251.

    You may be able to arrange a meeting with an admission counselor in your area. Find out where we'll be and how to contact us!

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

    All financial documents (Certification of Finances and the International Student Financial Aid Application) must show the support available to you, in US dollars, for each of your four years at Wheaton. Documents that do not show financial support for each year will be considered incomplete and may have a negative impact on your admission decision.

    Candidates not seeking need-based financial aid
    A properly submitted (see above) Certification of Finances Form (COF) is required. A bank statement is optional and does not replace the COF requirement. The deadline to submit the COF is:

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

    If you anticipate requiring need-based financial aid at anytime during your four years at Wheaton, you must apply for it now (see deadlines below). Enrolled students who did not apply for need-based aid prior to admission are not eligible for need-based aid in subsequent years.

    • November 15, Early Decision
    • December 15, Early Action
    • January 15, Regular Decision

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

    • November 15, Early Decision
    • December 15, Early Action
    • January 15, 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 application for admission (Common App). 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. (-5 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 Wheaton 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 (non-U.S. citizens only)
    Financial aid deadline
    First-Year Applicants
    Regular Decision (spring entry) November 1
    Early Decision November 15
    Early Action December 15
    Regular Decision January 15
    Transfer Applicants
    Transfer (spring entry) November 1
    Transfer (fall entry) April 1

    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. Please note that incomplete or incorrectly submitted documents will not be considered. Please contact Wheaton's Office of Student Financial Services if you have questions.

  • Application checklist for international freshman candidates

    Use the list below to make sure that you submit all credentials required for the first-year/freshman application process. Soon after we receive your application, you will receive a login ID and password to track the status of your application through our insideWheaton portal. Please note that it may take several days from the time credentials are received before they appear in the portal.Please be sure to include your name and date of birth (mm/dd/yy) on any non-electronic credential submitted as part of your application.

    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. School Report and Transcripts
    4. Mid Year 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 showing support for four years

    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). Note: non-native English speakers are strongly encouraged to submit these scores.
    2. Academic Writing Sample
    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
26 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766 USA
Phone: 001-508-286-8251
Fax: 001-508-286-8271

Office of Student Financial Services
26 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766 USA
Phone: 001-508-286-8251
Fax: 001-508-286-3787

Common Application Technical Support

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