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

Application deadlines:

Deadline Notification
Early Decision 1 November 20 by December 1
Early Action November 20 by January 15
Early Decision 2 January 1 by February 1
Regular Decision (fall entry) January 1 by March 31
Regular Decision (spring entry) November 1 on a rolling basis

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Early Decision and Early Action

Admission application and fee

First-year applicants can apply to Wheaton using the Common Application (choose Wheaton College MA). The application fee is $60 and may be paid online as part of the application process or by personal check, made payable to Wheaton College. If the fee is a burden that will prevent you from applying, please see your guidance counselor to inquire about a Waiver or indicate that it is a hardship when you submit your application. If you encounter technical questions or problems using the Common Application, please contact Common Application support team or utilize the Help option on each page of the Common App.

Required credentials (in addition to the Wheaton Application or the Common Application)

The School Report, academic transcripts (high school and college) and Mid Year Report
Ask your high school college advisor to submit the 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.

Teacher evaluations
Ask one of your instructors to complete the Teacher Evaluation form and submit it by the appropriate application deadline date. The evaluation should be from an instructor who has taught you in an academic subject within the last two years.

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 95 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 Admission Office. All requests should provide evidence of why the English proficiency requirement should be waived.

Optional credentials (test scores, writing sample, portfolio)

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). If you choose to submit your results, Wheaton will accept current and redesigned SAT scores (beginning in spring 2016). Applicants may submit scores from either test. Students applying Early Decision 1 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. The College Board/SAT code for sending your scores to Wheaton is 3963; the ACT code is 1932.

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).

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* when you use the Common App.

  • Visual Arts
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Film
  • Creative Writing

* To set up a SlideRoom account click on the SlideRoom link within the Common Application.  You can also access SlideRoom through Wheaton College’s SlideRoom page.

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 by emailing the Admission Office. Examples of possible submissions include:

  • Community service projects
  • Entrepreneurial pursuits

Please note that electronic submissions are preferred and that any hard-copy 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 note that testing should be no more than three years old. Testing may be offered as a service by your public school system.

Campus visits and personal interviews

We encourage you to visit the Wheaton campus. Personal interviews are strongly recommended for all applicants. 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. For students who are unable to visit campus but would like to interview, Skype interviews are available. Skype interview requests can be made online and we will contact you to set up an appointment.

Financial aid

Financial aid for admitted students is determined based on a combined assessment of financial eligibility and the overall academic strength of the candidate. Regular Decision U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying for financial assistance are asked to complete both the CSS PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Wheaton CSS code number is 3963 and the Wheaton FAFSA code number is 002227. For more information, please visit the Student Financial Services website or contact the Student Financial Services staff at 508-286-8232 or sfs@wheatoncollege.edu. Candidates applying for Early Decision 1, Early Decision 2 or Early Action admission should review the requirements on our Early Decision/Early Action page.

Financial aid application deadlines

While Wheaton attempts to provide financial assistance to all eligible applicants, the college cannot assure that funding will be available for applicants whose files are completed after Wheaton’s deadlines.

Financial aid deadline
First-Year Applicants
Regular Decision (spring entry) November 20
Early Decision 1 November 20
Early Action November 20
Early Decision 2 January 1
Regular Decision (fall entry) February 1
Transfer Applicants
Transfer (spring entry) November 1
Transfer (fall entry) April 1


Contact us.

If you have questions regarding Wheaton’s application or financial aid process, please contact us!

Office of Admission
26 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766
Fax: 508-286-8271

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

Please remember: The Common Application offers Technical Support if any questions arise.

Admission 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!