Wait List FAQ
Do you have questions about Wheaton's wait list? We have answers.
What is the wait list?
Enrolling a freshman class each year in a selective college admission process is complicated given the many variables we must consider when forecasting our class. From the thousands of applications Wheaton receives, we must assess the admissibility of each candidate and then try to predict what percentage of admitted students actually will choose Wheaton (known as the yield) in order to meet our enrollment target. Since most students are applying to Wheaton and a number of other colleges, and because the yield varies each year, finding the precise number to admit is always extremely difficult. In years when our projections fall short of the target, the wait list offers a second chance at admission for qualified students whom we were unable to admit during the initial review process.
How large is the wait list?
The number of students placed on the wait list is a function of several factors, including the overall composition of the applicant pool, the targeted size of the incoming class and the availability of financial aid. While we do not know exactly how many students will respond to our wait list offer, fewer than 150 are expected to remain active.
Do you rank the wait list?
We do not rank candidates on the wait list. If we find that we are able to make additional offers of admission for fall entry, the Admission Committee reconvenes to review all active candidates.
How do you decide which students to admit from the wait list?
In the event that we are able to extend additional offers of admission for fall semester, our decisions will be based on a desire to enroll a well-rounded group of academically talented students who will enhance the Wheaton community. As most need-based financial aid is awarded before wait list activity takes place, candidates whose families require little or no financial aid may be given priority.
I really want to attend Wheaton. What should I do now?
For starters, to be eligible, you must submit the Wait List Reply form no later than April 15. Doing so will place you on the active wait list for fall enrollment. If Wheaton is your first choice, we encourage you to submit a short statement indicating the reasons for your strong interest.
If admitted from the wait list, will housing or financial aid be available?
At this time, it is uncertain whether Wheaton financial aid will be available to students admitted from the wait list for the fall semester. Federal financial aid will be available for those who qualify. On-campus housing accommodations will be offered to all students admitted from the wait list.
I’d like to visit Wheaton. What are my options?
That’s great! We’d love to host you soon. A complete list of opportunities to visit is available at wheatoncollege.edu/admission/visit-campus. Register online for your visit or call the Admission Office at 508-286-8251.
When will I have a final decision about my wait list status?
Often it’s possible to admit some students from the wait list in April and early May. The size of the incoming class fluctuates into the summer months, so the wait list remains open until we are certain our class is in place. We make every attempt to resolve all wait list matters by July 1. If space becomes available, we contact students who have indicated a strong desire to attend Wheaton to confirm that their interest is still strong, and then send a letter immediately to confirm the admission offer. Be sure to read your email frequently!