Early Decision

If Wheaton is your first choice college, you may wish to apply as an Early Decision 1 or Early Decision 2 (ED 1 or ED 2) candidate.

Wheaton’s ED 1 and ED 2 plans are binding agreements; you will be expected to enroll at Wheaton if you are admitted and withdraw all applications you have initiated at other colleges. Note that you, your high school counselor and a parent/guardian also must sign the Early Decision Agreement form (pdf), which is part of the Wheaton First-Year Application or at the Common Application web site. Both the Wheaton First-Year Application and the Common Application will be available in August. If you’d like to be notified when the applications are available, please let us know here.

The deadlines and requirements for financial aid vary based upon application plan and according to whether or not you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Please visit our financial aid website for details.

Early Action

If you’re not ready to commit to Early Decision admission, but would like your admission decision before April 1, Early Action (EA) is a great option. Students admitted through EA have until May 1 to accept their Wheaton offer of admission.

Please note: All deadlines are by 11:59 p.m. in the time zone from which you are submitting the application.

Application Plan Admission Deadline Admission Notification
Early Decision 1 Nov. 1 by Dec. 15
Early Action Nov. 1 by Jan. 15
Early Decision 2 Jan. 1 by Feb. 1


The Wheaton First-Year Application and the Common Application are treated equally; feel free to use whichever application suits you best.-



215Admission to Wheaton is selective. However, we consider many things including academic achievement, writing ability, difficulty of high school curriculum and co-curricular achievement. So, don’t just apply. Show us who you really are. What makes you special and what drives you? Tell us your story!