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Applying to Wheaton College

Thank you for your interest in Wheaton College! We are pleased you are applying and look forward to working with you throughout the application process.

Please read the instructions carefully and pay close attention to the deadlines. All the requirements listed must be met in order to be considered for admission.

Freshman admission decisions for the fall term are made at two times during the year. Early Action candidates receive an early, non-binding admission decision (accept, refuse, or delayed decision) by December 31st. Early Action students must submit all required items so that they arrive in Admissions by November 1st. Regular Action candidates must submit all required items so that they arrive in Admissions by January 10th and will receive their admission decision (accept, refuse, or waiting list) by April 1st. Transfer deadlines and Spring term deadlines are listed below.

Applications and all supporting documents are due in the Admissions Office by application deadline dates. We will acknowledge the receipt of your application by mail. When all supporting documents have been received, we will notify you by email or mail that your application is complete. Please contact the Admissions Office if you do not receive notification within seven to ten business days of submitting your application to us.

Interviews are an optional part of the application process that allow us to get to know applicants better. Appointments for on-campus and telephone interviews can be scheduled by calling us at 800-222-2419 x2. Please refer to the Admissions Deadlines chart when making interview plans.

Admissions decisions are given by mail. We do not notify applicants of their decision in advance or over the phone. Please plan accordingly. Email or fax notification is available only for students living outside the U.S. and will occur after the decision letters have been mailed.

Admissions Deadlines

 

Application Type
Application Deadline
Interview Deadline
Decision By
Reply Date
Freshman Early Action
November 1
November 1
December 31*
May 1
Freshman Regular Action
January 10
February 1 April 1* May 1
Transfer Fall Semester March 1 March 1 Beginning April 1* May 1
Spring Semester (Freshman & Transfer) October 1 October 1 Beginning November 1* December 1

* Note: If you're currently living outside the United States, you may choose to have your decision letter faxed or emailed to you.  Emails to Early Action applicants will be sent by January 5, and emails to Regular Action applicants will be sent by April 1.

Application Instructions

APPLICATION FORM

Complete the full online application form. Refer to the following guidelines:

  • You may apply to the College of Arts and Sciences or to the Conservatory of Music, but not both. If you wish to pursue a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Music Education, please apply to the Conservatory of Music.
  • Freshman applicants (first-time, first-year) are those students who have not yet graduated from high school, regardless of the number of college credits earned, or those who have graduated but have not earned any post-high school college credit. College coursework is evaluated after acceptance. 
  • Transfer applicants are those who, at the time of application, have graduated from high school and subsequently earned credit at a higher education institution.
  • International Students: If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, please review the admissions process for International Students.
  • If you have already earned a bachelor's degree, please contact the Admissions Office before applying.

$50 APPLICATION FEE

In order to submit the online application, you will need to pay the $50 application fee by credit card, debit card, or online check. If you plan to submit a paper application, please send a check or money order payable to Wheaton College. Credit card payment is not accepted for applications submitted by mail. The application fee is non-refundable.

ESSAYS

Please see instructions on page 4 of the application. All applicants are required to answer essay questions one and two. Transfers must submit an additional essay.

TEST SCORES

You are required to submit either SAT or ACT test scores. All test scores must be sent directly from the testing company. If you have not already done so, request that your scores be sent to Wheaton College. Wheaton's code number for the SAT is 1905; the code number for the ACT is 1160. Do not send your student copy of the score report. Wheaton does "superscore" both the SAT and the ACT - using the highest critical reading and math scores from any sitting of the SAT test, and calculating the highest composite ACT score using subscores from any sitting of the ACT test. Please note that if you are applying during the Early Action round, the tests must be taken no later than the October 2014 ACT test date and/or the November 2014 SAT test date. If you are applying during the Regular Action round, the ACT or SAT test must be taken no later than the December 2014 test date. Note: You may submit additional test scores from the January SAT and/or February ACT test dates, which will be considered for merit scholarship eligibility only. Transfers: Test scores are required unless you have earned at least 60 (post-high school) college semester credit hours at the time of application.

HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT AND
HIGH SCHOOL REPORT

The transcript should include grades earned, class rank (if available), and GPA. The High School Report (PDF) is required for freshman applicants only. It must be completed by the high school guidance office, and submitted with your official transcript and school profile. If your high school allows, please send your official transcript and High School Report in a signed and sealed high school letterhead envelope with the other supporting documents for your application. Otherwise, please request that these items be sent directly to the Admissions Office from your high school. Regular Action applicants do not need to send a 7th semester grade report or 7th semester transcript.

  • Homeschool students: If you were homeschooled for any part of high school, submit the Homeschool Information Form (PDF) with a transcript signed by a homeschool official.
  • Post-secondary transcripts: Transfer applicants are required to submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, whether or not credit was earned or grades were received. Freshman applicants who have taken or are taking college courses at a post-secondary institution should also submit transcripts. Post-secondary transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to the Wheaton College Admissions Office.

ACADEMIC RECOMMENDATION

A report from one of your core academic teachers (English, science, social science, math, or foreign language) is required. This should be someone who knows your classroom performance well. Homeschool students should refer to the academic recommendation form for further instructions. Transfers: Your academic recommendation must come from a college professor or advisor. However, current college freshmen may submit a recommendation from either a college professor or high school core-subject teacher. There are two options for completing this form:

  • Online form: After starting your online application, you will have the option of sending an online recommendation form by email to the recommender you have chosen. From the "My Account" page of your online application account, click on "Submit Supplemental Items" in the application checklist, then follow the instructions for sending a recommendation request.
  • Paper form: Complete Part I of the Academic Recommendation (PDF) and give it to your reference person. Ask that he or she send the form directly to the Admissions office or return the form to you in a signed and sealed envelope, which you will submit, unopened, with the other supporting documents for your application.

PASTORAL RECOMMENDATION

A recommendation from a pastor, youth pastor, former pastor, Bible study leader, Christian school teacher, church official, or other mature Christian is required. This person should be a mature Christian adult who knows you well and has had the opportunity to observe your spiritual life. This person should not be a relative. There are two options for completing this form:

  • Online form: After starting your online application, you will have the option of sending an online recommendation form by email to the recommender you have chosen. From the "My Account" page of your online application account, click on "Submit Supplemental Items" in the application checklist, then follow the instructions for sending a recommendation request.
  • Paper form:  Complete Part I of the Pastoral Recommendation (PDF) and give it to your reference person, requesting that he/she send the form directly to the Admissions Office or return it to you in a signed and sealed envelope, which you will submit, unopened, with the other supporting documents for your application.

PROSPECTIVE ART MAJORS ONLY

Students who plan to pursue a degree in Art are encouraged to submit a portfolio of examples of their work in JPEG format on either a CD or DVD. Please label each CD or DVD image with the title, date, media, and dimensions of the work. For more information, contact the Art Department at 630-752-5050.

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Please consult the Financial Aid website at www.wheaton.edu/finaid or review the Financial Aid Resources brochure. Direct your questions to the Financial Aid Office at 800-362-2674, or contact them via email. If you want to be considered for financial aid, you must complete the following two forms. The priority processing deadline for financial aid is February 15.

Application Checklist

1.  Complete your application including:

  • Application Form Please complete the application form online, or download the PDF version if you would like to submit a paper application.
  • Essays
  • $50 Application Fee – For the online application, payment by credit card or electronic check will be accepted. If you send in a paper copy of the application, please include a check or money order payable to Wheaton College. The application fee is non-refundable.  Please contact our office if you need to request a fee waiver.
  • Art portfolio – Prospective Art Majors (optional, but encouraged)

2.  Authorize the testing agency to send:

  • ACT and/or SAT Scores
    Note: Scores reported on your high school transcript are not considered official. However, if you received an application fee waiver, you may request that we make an exception.

3. Ask school officials to complete:

  • High school transcript
  • High school report and high school profile (Freshman applicants only)
  • Academic recommendation (core subject teacher) - This form may be completed as a PDF, or may be emailed to the recommender of your choice after you start the online application.
  • College transcripts (if applicable)
  • Homeschool information form (if applicable) 

4. Ask your pastor to complete:

  • Pastoral recommendation (may not be a relative)  - This form may be completed as a PDF, or may be emailed to the recommender of your choice after you start the online application.

5. Send application and supporting documents to Wheaton College:

  • Include all application items from step 1, along with transcripts and recommendations, if possible.
  • Submit the online application and mail the supporting documents, or mail your application (if submitting the paper application). Please allow at least one week for delivery to ensure that the application and supporting documents arrive by the deadline.

6. Schedule an interview (optional):

  • Interviews are an optional part of the application process that allow us to get to know applicants better. Appointments for on-campus and telephone interviews can be scheduled by calling the Visit Coordinator at 800-222-2419 x2.

 

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