How to Apply to the Conservatory of Music

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

Please note that you may apply to the College of Arts and Sciences or to the Conservatory of Music, but not both. This is the application process for the Conservatory of Music ONLY. Before you begin the process, please review the definitions and timing information below.

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Definitions

  • First-Year 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 Cost & Aid for additional requirements.

If you have already earned a Bachelor's degree, please contact the Admissions Office before applying.

Timing and Deadlines

Application Type
Application Deadline
  Interview Deadline
  Scholarship Application Deadline 
 
Recorded Audition Deadline On Campus Audition Deadline
Decision By
  Reply Date 
                     
Fall First-Year
Early Action
Nov 1   Nov 1    Nov 1

Nov 28

Dec 2 Dec 31   May 1
 
                     
Fall First-Year
Regular Action
Jan 10   Feb 1    Feb1 Feb 10 Feb 17 Apr 1   May 1
                     
Fall Transfer  Mar 1    Mar 1     Feb 1 Mar 1 Feb 20 Beginning Apr 1   May 1
                     
Spring First-Year or Transfer Oct 1   Oct 1    N/A for Spring '17* Oct 15  Nov 9 Beginning Nov 1   Dec 1

 

*Contact the Admissions Office for more information at admissions@wheaton.edu or 1-800-222-2419.

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.

Steps to Apply

1. Complete Your Application

  • Complete the Online Application.
  • Pay the Application Fee – Before you submit the online application, you will need to pay the non-refundable $50 application fee by credit card, debit card, or online check. Payment is made from within the application system. 
    If you would like to request a fee waiver because of financial hardship, please have your high school guidance counselor or principal complete the fee waiver form and fax it to 630.752.5285 or email it to admissions@wheaton.edu.  Once the fee waiver form has been received and approved, you will receive an email with a fee waiver code which will enable you to submit the online application.
  • Wheaton Connection Application Fee Waiver: As a thank you for attending Wheaton Connection, all registered students will have their online application fee waived. Juniors will receive the fee waiver code the following summer, for next year's application. 

2. Schedule Your Audition

An audition is required for application to the Conservatory of Music, and is used for scholarship consideration. Many dates are available for your convenience. Schedule your audition >

3. Send Your Test Scores 

You are required to submit either SAT or ACT test scores. All test scores must be sent directly from the testing company to Wheaton College. Do not send your student copy of the score report.

Wheaton's Code Numbers 

SAT: 1905
ACT: 1160  

Superscores

Wheaton "superscores" 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. 

Due Dates

Early Action

Please note that if you are applying during the Early Action round, the tests must be taken no later than the October 2017 ACT test date and/or the November 2017 SAT test date. 

Regular Action

If you are applying during the Regular Action round, the ACT or SAT test must be taken no later than the December 2017 test date.

Note: Only test scores received by the due dates above will be considered for merit scholarship eligibility. 

Transfers: Test scores are required unless you have earned at least 60 (post-high school) college semester credit hours at the time of application. 

4. Request Transcripts and Reports

  • High School Transcripts
    Please request an official transcript from your high school. We accept official transcripts that are sent electronically (through an official transcript service), or by mail. The transcript should include grades earned, class rank (if available), and GPA. Mailed transcripts should be sent toL

    Wheaton College Undergraduate Admissions
    501 College Avenue
    Wheaton, IL 60187
  • High School Report (Optional)
    The  High School Report (PDF) is for first-year applicants only, and is optional. It should be completed by the high school guidance office, and submitted with your official transcript and school profile. Regular Action applicants do  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 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. First-Year 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.

5. Request Recommendations

Academic Recommendation
A report from one of your core academic teachers (English, science, social science, math, or foreign language) is required. Homeschool students should refer to the academic recommendation form for further instructions. Transfers: Your academic recommendation should come from a college professor or advisor. However, current college first-year students 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.

Music Teacher Recommendation (primary instrument)
A recommendation letter from your music teacher is required. 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 Music Teacher Recommendation form (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 document for your application.

6. Submit Additional Items as Applicable:

7. 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. Students who are living outside the United States are welcome to schedule a Skype or phone interview. Please send a request for an international interview to admissions@wheaton.edu

Note that this interview is separate from the  audition you must complete when applying to the Conservatory of Music.

8. Apply for Financial Aid

Please consult   for instructions on how to apply for financial aid. Direct your questions to the Student Financial Services Office at 800.362.2674, or contact them via email. The priority processing deadline for financial aid is November 10 for First-Year Early Action and Spring applicants, January 22 for First-Year Regular Action applicants, and March 1 for Fall Transfer applicants.