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We’re thrilled you’re interested in applying to Wheaton’s College of Arts and Sciences as a first-year applicant! If you have any questions, please contact the admissions office. We’re always here to help. 

First, write and submit your responses to the faith essay questions on the application.

The required faith essay will be available after you submit your application to Wheaton, as part of a checklist in your Admissions Portal. (If you use the Common App, the personal essay is a different item, with different prompts, and is not required for Wheaton applicants.) For your required faith essay, please choose one of the following prompts:

Essay Prompt #1

Wheaton College is recognized around the world for its commitment to preparing students to answer God’s call and advance Christ’s Kingdom across the globe. In answering God’s call today, we join the global church in representing Jesus Christ and honoring the image of God in people from diverse cultures and ethnicities.

Considering your own background and experiences, in what ways do you hope to learn from and contribute to the nationally and globally diverse community at Wheaton College, which is drawn from urban, suburban, and rural areas in the United States and abroad?

Essay Prompt #2

At Wheaton College we encourage you to ask big questions and to search for truthful answers alongside trusted mentors and peers. We believe faith in Jesus Christ provides spiritual, intellectual, and social tools to pursue God's truth in every area of life.

What is one big question you hope to ask during college, and how do you see your time at Wheaton helping you to pursue the answer?

Second, request transcripts. We accept official transcripts electronically through an official transcript service, or by mail. Transcripts should include grades earned, class rank (if available), and GPA.

Transcripts can be mailed to:

Wheaton College Undergraduate Admissions
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Third, request recommendation letters.

  • An academic recommendation from one of your core academic teachers—English, science, social science, math, or foreign language. No recommendations from parents, please. 
  • A Christian Mentor recommendation letter from a pastor, youth leader, or Christian mentor (non-family members).
    • The Christian Faith reference requirement can be satisfied by a phone or video interview with an admissions counselor.
  • Choose recommenders who know you well, and make your request early in your senior year to allow them time to write about you thoughtfully.
  • You can send an online request for recommendation by email to your recommenders through the online application. From the "My Account" page, click on "Submit Supplemental Items" in the application checklist and follow the instructions.

Optional Supplemental Materials

  • The optional High School Report (PDF) should be completed by the high school guidance office, and submitted with your official transcript and school profile. Regular Action applicants should send a 7th-semester grade report or transcript. 
  • Standardized test scores are not required. If your test scores reflect your academic ability well and you would like a test score considered for admission, indicate this on your application. Submit SAT, ACT, or CLT (Classical Learning Test) test scores directly from the testing company, or include them in your high school transcript.

Deadlines for submitting supplemental materials are:

  • October 22nd for Early Action I
  • November 22nd for Early Action II
  • January 22nd for Regular Decision I
  • February 22nd for Regular Decision II


Do you have other questions or need clarification on a finer point in the application process? Want to talk with someone? We'd love to hear from you.