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COVID-19 Information from the Graduate Admissions Office

Graduate Admissions and COVID-19

New and prospective graduate students around the world are facing unique enrollment challenges and questions due to COVID-19. The Wheaton College Graduate Admissions staff are here to help you navigate these questions and concerns. Below, find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. As always, remember that you can contact us via email, phone (630-752-5195), or through our online information sessions.

Page last updated: 4/24/20


International Admissions FAQs

We encourage every accepted student to confirm their enrollment in order to receive their I-20s early. Once the embassy reopens, it will be ready to schedule visa appointments.

We are planning for a safe opening for every student in August for our on-campus orientation and classes, but like all schools we are preparing for any and all contingencies.

We encourage you to obtain your I-20 and student visa first. We are hopeful the travel ban may be lifted before program start date.

We are still developing recommendations/plans for new students and will contact confirmed students with guidance. Appropriate food and dining options will be available when classes are in session. Health insurance for confirmed students begins August 1.

For the regular $8,000 deposits for international M.A. and Psy.D. students, we offer refunds for canceled enrollment due to circumstances beyond your control.


Domestic Admissions FAQs

The normal deadline to confirm is 30 days from your notification of admission. However, we understand that there be challenges to meet this deadline in light of these unprecedented times. Please contact your admissions counselor to let us know if you need an extension.

In accordance with federal and state guidance, campus visits are postponed through May 30. Please check our visits page often for the latest updates and to explore several online options for visiting with Admissions Counselors and Academic Departments.

Your $100 deposit is applied toward tuition at the time of enrollment. Tuition deposits are refundable for for those who have to cancel enrollment due to circumstances outside of their control.

We are planning for a safe opening for every student in August for our on-campus orientation and classes, but like all schools we are preparing for any and all contingencies.

Most of our graduate students who move to Wheaton live in off-campus housing. We do not foresee that changing. Learn about housing at the link below.

We recently announced a new off-campus housing platform powered by College Pads. College Pads is a third-party provider that offers you tools to compare off-campus housing options and rooms for rent near Wheaton College. The platform includes filter features to help narrow your search by price, number of bedrooms, amenities, etc. There are also options for finding roommates. More information can be found by visiting the Moving to Wheaton tab of the Graduate Student Life website or at the link below.

We are hopeful that travel bans may be lifted before your program start date. Tuition deposit refunds will be made available for circumstances beyond your control.

We are still working on potential recommendation/plans for new students. If you are concerned about this particular issue, contact your admissions counselor and we will issue new information as it comes available.

Food and dining options will be available when classes are in session. To explore more dining and food options for graduate students, view the link below.