This summer, Wheaton Pre-College will offer a selection of courses through a four-week commuter program that allows students to experience college-level study on campus and return to the comfort and convenience of home. The program presents a unique opportunity for high school students to start exploring the exciting options for college studies and prepare for the transition to undergraduate life.

Wheaton Pre-College will allow you to experience the impressive power of the liberal arts and sciences. Along with gaining the skills and knowledge essential to these subjects, Wheaton courses seek to build a broad foundation for success. Students learn to ask the right questions, consider problems from different perspectives, write well, actively listen, develop innovative ideas and work with people effectively.

Program Schedule

  • Dates: July 10 through August 4, 2023
  • Schedule: Classes are held Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Fridays:  Open lab and studio time, as well as special program offerings
  • Closing Reception: Classes will host a closing reception where students showcase their work for friends and family.

What is the typical Wheaton Pre-College class like? 

Our classes are challenging, engrossing, active and fun. On a typical day students arrive on campus about 15 minutes before the start of class, having completed any required homework or projects due that day. The class may begin with a review of the homework or students engage in a new activity or topic. All classes are three hours long, with a break. Students enrolled in two courses will have a one-hour lunch break between classes.  In the last week of classes, students will present their work and gain feedback and advice on next steps in their work and studies.

Who should attend? 

Our program is open to high school rising juniors and seniors (or the equivalent) who are between 16 – 18 years old*. Courses do not require a prerequisite or minimum GPA, however students should be prepared to step up to college-level learning, arrive on time and actively engage in the classes and homework.

*Note: students who turn 16 by October 1, 2023 are eligible to apply as long as they meet the grade level requirement. Students who graduate high school in 2023 and have not yet started in college are eligible to attend.

Program Cost

Tuition for the program is $1,900 (per course) and includes all related lab fees and access to printing. Course related books and supplies are not included in tuition.

Payment Schedule

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due with application submission. If a student is not admitted to the program, the deposit will be refunded in full. If admitted, the deposit will be credited toward the program charges. Payments above the $500 deposit or the full amount can be made at the time of application.

Balance Due: All accounts must pay the balance in full by May 15, 2023.
Application forms submitted after May 15 require payment in full.

Refund Policy

Enrollment deposit is non-refundable unless the student is not admitted to the program. Tuition payments may be refunded based on the following deadlines:

    • On or before May 15: 100% refund of tuition (minus the deposit)
    • May 16 – May 31: 50% refund (minus the deposit)
    • On or after June 1: 0% refund

Application requirements 

    • Rising high school junior, senior or equivalent
    • 16-18 years old by October 1, 2023
    • High School Transcript indicating grade level and age
    • Proof of English proficiency, if English is not your primary language
    • $500 non-refundable deposit
    • Application Deadline: June 5, 2023. Apply Early, Limited Space in Each Class.
Non-US Citizens and Non-US Permanent Residents 

In addition to the above requirements:

    • Student must currently hold a F1 Visa and be eligible to remain in the US for the summer
    • Student must have your own housing (with adult supervision) and transportation to/from campus
    • Student must speak with Global Ed Office, before submitting an application:

Desnee Stevens
Associate Director/International Student Advisor, International Student Services
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education
T: 508-286-5246

    • Copy of passport
English Language requirements

Applicants whose first language is other than English must demonstrate their English proficiency in order to be considered for this program. Applicants whose first language is other than English may demonstrate proficiency in one the following ways.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
      • Recommended score of 85
      • Wheaton College Code: 3963
      • Wheaton College accepts TOEFL MyBest scores, sometimes referred to as superscores
    • IELTS
      • Recommended score of 6.5
      • Wheaton College Code: 5109