Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts


Freshman Applicants

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

  • Application deadlines
    Admission deadline Notification
    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 applications is November 15. Candidates are notified of the admission committee's decision by December 15. The deadline for all completed Early Action applications is also November 15. Candidates are notified of the admission committee's decision by 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 see your guidance counselor to inquire about the Common App Fee Waiver, or utilize 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
    • The School Report, academic transcripts (high school and college) and Mid Year Report
      Ask your high school college advisor 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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).

        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.

        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*.

        • 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 by emailing 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 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.
  • 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. 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 contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 508-286-8232 or at sfs@wheatoncollege.edu .
  • Required Credentials for Financial Aid Candidates
    1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal funding and is required of all financial aid applicants. The FAFSA is available online . Students, along with their parents, should complete and submit the form to the processor as soon as possible after January 1. Although the form asks for specific information from student and parent tax returns, applicants should not wait to complete tax returns for the current year before submitting the FAFSA. Complete the application in early January using the best possible estimates of family income; Corrections can be submitted later. Wheaton’s federal code number for the FAFSA is 002227.
    2. CSS PROFILE application Wheaton uses the information from the PROFILE to determine eligibility for institutional funding. The PROFILE is available online at http://www.collegeboard.com ; processing takes only 48 hours. CSS will send you an individualized application based on the registration information provided. Wheaton’s institutional code number for PROFILE is 3963. Applicants with questions about the PROFILE service should contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 508-286-8232 or at sfs@wheatoncollege.edu .
    3. Student and parent tax returns Wheaton also requires that you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) submit copies of your federal income tax returns. If you are using estimates on FAFSA and PROFILE because you have not yet completed the appropriate year’s tax return, you must submit the most recent year’s tax return by the published deadline. You should include all pages, schedules and W-2 forms. Once a current-year tax form has been filed, a complete copy must be forwarded to the college. If you or your parent(s) have not and will not be filing a federal tax return, you must send a letter stating this and list all sources of income for the year.
    4. Noncustodial parent's statement If your parents are separated, divorced or never married, the parent with whom you do not live (the noncustodial parent) must complete a Noncustodial Parent’s Statement. You will be given a link for your noncustodial parent to complete this form when you complete your PROFILE online.
    5. Business/farm supplement If you or your parent(s) own a business or a farm, you must submit a Business/Farm Supplement to Wheaton. You will be instructed to download and complete the form when completing the PROFILE. You may also request one from the Office of Student Financial Services. This form should be returned directly to Wheaton when completed. If the business files a corporate or partnership tax return, we request that you submit a copy of the business tax return along with the Business/Farm Supplement. You may download this form from: http://www.wheatoncollege.edu/admin/SFS/forms.
  • 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. In order to meet deadlines, students should file the FAFSA and PROFILE applications at least two weeks prior to the deadline. All other required documents (Noncustodial Parent's Statement, etc.) must be submitted by the deadlines below:
    Financial aid deadline
    First-Year Applicants
    Regular Decision (spring entry) November 1
    Early Decision November 15
    Early Action (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) February 1
    Early Action (non-U.S. citizens only) December 15
    Regular Decision (fall entry) February 1
    Transfer Applicants
    Transfer (spring entry) November 1
    Transfer (fall entry) April 15
  • Application checklist for first-year/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 essay
    2. $50 Application Fee, payable through the Common Application website or by personal check (made payable to Wheaton College) or utilize the Wheaton fee waiver form.
    3. School Report and Transcripts (high school and college, if any)
    4. Mid Year Report (when grades from the current academic year are available)
    5. Two Teacher Evaluations

    Required (If applicable)

    1. Early Decision Agreement Form (signed by you, your parent/guardian and your high school counselor)
    2. English Proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers only)

    Optional Credentials (see details above)

    1. Standardized Test Scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests)
    2. Personal Academic Portfolio
    3. Academic Writing Sample 

    Financial Aid

    1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid: FAFSA
    2. CSS PROFILE Application
    3. Student and Parent Tax Returns
    4. Noncustodial Parent’s Statement (if applicable)
    5. Business/Farm Supplement (if applicable)

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

Common Application Technical Support

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