FAQs about Applying to Wheaton College


Should I apply to the College of Arts and Sciences or to the Conservatory of Music?

Applicants may apply to the College of Arts and Sciences or to the Conservatory of Music, but not both. Those who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education degree should apply to the Conservatory of Music. All other applicants should apply to the College of Arts and Sciences.

How can I obtain an application? Does Wheaton College accept the Common Application?

The application is available online and as a PDF. To request a printed copy, call 800-222-2419. Wheaton College does not accept the Common Application.

What are the application deadlines?

Freshman Early Action: November 1
Freshman Regular Action: January 10
Fall Transfer: March 1
Spring Transfer: October 1

Click here for more detailed information about admissions deadlines.

Are interviews required?

Interviews are an optional part of the admissions process that allow us to get to know applicants better. They are scheduled upon request according to availability.

How do I arrange an interview?

To arrange an interview, call 800-222-2419 ext. 2. Early Action interviews are conducted between August 1 and November 1, and Regular Action interviews occur between December 1 and February 1. Please be aware that interview appointments fill quickly, especially those spots within the last two weeks of the deadline. Please plan accordingly.

Does Wheaton conduct telephone interviews?

We regularly conduct telephone interviews. Call 800-222-2419 ext. 2 to arrange a telephone interview.

Do I need to submit SAT and ACT test scores?

Yes, applicants are required to submit either SAT or ACT scores. Wheaton uses the highest critical reading and math scores from any sitting of the SAT test and/or the highest composite (super-scored) ACT scores. The standardized test scores must be sent directly from the testing service. Transfers must submit test scores unless they have earned at least 60 (post-high school) college semester credit hours at the time of application.

Wheaton's code number for the SAT is 1905; the code number for the ACT is 1160.

Does Wheaton require the SAT and ACT writing section?

No, Wheaton does not require the Writing portion of the SAT or ACT. However, the writing scores are used for waiving or placement in Wheaton College writing courses for accepted students who choose to enroll. Visit the Registrar's website for specific information concerning the scores that are needed to waive a course or receive credit.

Does Wheaton require results from SAT Subject Tests?

Wheaton does not use SAT Subject Tests for admission decisions. However, SAT Subject Test results are used for placement and granting college credit to accepted students who choose to enroll. If an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and exam are taken, the SAT Subject Test is not necessary. Visit the Registrar's website for specific information concerning the scores that are needed to waive a course or receive credit.

Are there minimum GPA, class rank, or test score requirements?

Although Wheaton College looks for students who are strong academically, the College does not have any minimum requirements for GPA, class rank, or standardized test scores. A combination of these factors is considered in making admission decisions.

What weights are attached to grades, test scores, essay responses and extra-curricular activities?

Admissions decisions at Wheaton College are based upon a variety of factors, including evidence of Christian faith, grades, test scores, essay responses, extra-curricular activities, and recommendations. Specific weights are not attached to the individual components.

Does Wheaton College take into account the rigor of an applicant’s high school academic program, the rigor of a school’s grading system, and the difference between weighted and unweighted grade point averages?

Yes, the rigor of your academic program, your school’s grading system, and whether GPAs and/or class ranks are weighted are all taken into consideration when we review your application. We evaluate your academic record in the context of what is available to you at your particular high school.

What are the requirements for Homeschool students?

Wheaton College welcomes Homeschool applicants.  Visit our homeschooled applicants page for more information.

If I am accepted, can I defer my enrollment?

Wheaton does offer deferred enrollment for accepted applicants for up to one year. A student wanting to defer needs to fill out a request form from our office and submit a $300 deposit to hold their spot for the following year.  The $300 deposit is not refundable, but will be credited to tuition upon enrollment. Deferment will not be granted to allow a student to enroll in another college, although approved deferred students may take one college course per semester during the deferral period for a maximum of 8 semester hours. Please contact our office for more information.

Does Wheaton accept credit earned through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, SAT Subject Tests, and Clep Tests?

Advanced standing and college credit is given for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and SAT Subject Test scores. Credit is not given for Clep tests. Visit the Registrar's website for specific information concerning the scores that are needed to waive a course or receive credit.

Are dual credit/dual enrollment college courses accepted for credit at Wheaton?

Wheaton does accept dual credit/dual enrollment college courses. Talk to your admissions counselor for more information.

If I transfer to Wheaton, how do I know what courses will be accepted for credit?

Most credits earned at another accredited college will transfer to Wheaton if the courses are applicable to a liberal arts program. There are restrictions on certain courses taken in an online format. Incoming freshman can transfer as many as 40 credits taken prior to high school graduation, including credit from any national exams such as AP. Courses of a vocational or technical nature or courses in which a D grade was earned are not transferable (C- for Writing courses). Courses taken at an unaccredited college may receive some credit with the approval of the Registrar. The College reserves the right to decide the acceptability and applicability of degrees and credits earned at other institutions. Your admissions counselor is happy to speak with you about the types of courses that are generally accepted for credit at Wheaton College.

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