We’re delighted that you are applying to Wheaton! The information below will guide you through the application process.
Admission to Wheaton is very competitive and is based on academic preparation, intellectual curiosity, writing skills, English proficiency, the difficulty of a student’s secondary-school curriculum, teacher and counselor evaluations and achievements outside the classroom. Members of the admission staff are familiar with educational systems around the world and know how to interpret the transcripts and grading scales of many different countries.
Please review important information about submitting your financial documents. This information, which applies to all non-U.S. citizens, regardless of financial aid intent can be found below under the heading, “Financial documentation required of all non-U.S. citizens.”
Do you have questions about the application process? Check out the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.
Please read the instructions carefully before you begin the application.
Admission application deadlines
Please note: All deadlines are by 11:59 p.m. in the time zone from which you are submitting the application.
|Early Decision 1||November 1||by December 1|
|Early Action||November 1||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|
Early Decision 1, Early Decision 2 and Early Action
For details about Early Decision and Early Action admission, visit our Early Decision/Early Action page.
Admission application and fee
Wheaton offers two ways to apply: the Wheaton application and the Common Application. Both applications will be available in August. If you’d like to be notified when the applications are available, please let us know. The application fee is USD60 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. If you experience technical issues with the Wheaton application, please email the Admission Office.
Required credentials (in addition to the Wheaton Application or the Common Application)
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 better 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 the Admission Office. All requests should provide evidence of why the English proficiency requirement should be waived.
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.
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.
Certification of Finances
All applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States must submit a Certification of Finances form (COF) indicating resources available to support four years of their educational expenses.
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).
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* if you use the Common App.
- Visual Arts
*To set up a SlideRoom account click on the SlideRoom link within the Common Application. You can also create an account by visiting Wheaton’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
- 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 if you are able to travel to the United States. Personal interviews are recommended for all applicants. Campus 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. We also offer interviews via Skype for students who are unable to visit campus. Requests for Skype interviews can be made online and we will be in touch to schedule an appointment.
Financial documentation required for all non-U.S. citizens
All financial documents (Certification of Finances and the International Student Financial Aid Application) must show the support available to you, in US dollars, for each of your four years at Wheaton Documents that do not show financial support for each year will be considered incomplete and may have a negative impact on your admission decision.
Candidates not seeking need-based financial aid
A properly submitted (see above) Certification of Finances Form (COF) is required. A bank statement is optional and does not replace the COF requirement. The deadline to submit the COF is:
November 1, Early Decision 1
November 1, Early Action
January 1, Early Decision 2
January 1, Regular Decision
If you anticipate requiring need-based financial aid at anytime during your four years at Wheaton, you must apply for it now (see deadlines below). Enrolled students who did not apply for need-based aid prior to admission are not eligible for need-based aid in subsequent years.
Candidates seeking need-based financial aid
In order for your admission application to receive full consideration, the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) must be received by:
- November 1, Early Decision 1
- November 1, Early Action
- January 1, Early Decision 2
- January 1, Regular Decision
Financial aid is awarded to international students based on a combined assessment of financial eligibility and the overall academic strength of the application for admission. For the required forms or more information, please visit the International FAQ section of the Web site or contact the Office of Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-286-8251 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (-5 GMT) Monday through Friday.
Questions regarding these application materials or other aspects of the admission process may be directed to:
Office of Admission
26 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766 USA
Office of Student Financial Services
26 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766 USA
Common Application Technical Support
Wheaton Refugee Scholarship
The application deadline for the Refugee Scholarship has passed; we are no longer accepting applications. All students who have submitted an application will receive notice of their admission decision by April 1, 2019. This scholarship will cover all costs of attendance and will be awarded to a refugee student from a war-torn nation, with selection preference for a qualified student from one of the seven nations outlined in the president’s recent executive order on immigration: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Learn more >>
The Wheaton First-Year Application and the Common Application are treated equally; feel free to use whichever application suits you best.
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!