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About the Undergraduate Admissions Process

Information for All Applicants

Wheaton College Students Walking Outside Edman ChapelIt's not hard to apply to Wheaton, but there are some things you should know to make the process as smooth as possible.

Early Action: Students apply for the following fall term by November 1 to receive an admission decision in December. Students will submit a deposit to enroll for the fall semester at Wheaton College no later than May 1.

Regular Action/Regular Decision: Students apply for the fall term by January 10 to receive an admission decision in March. Students will submit a deposit to enroll for the fall semester at Wheaton College no later than May 1.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Application TypeApplication DueInterview DueReceive your Decision byReply-by Date 
Fall First-Year
Early Action
November 1 November 1 December 31* May 1
Fall First-Year Regular Action January 10 February 1 April 1* May 1
Fall Transfer  March 1  March 1  Beginning April 1* May 1 
Spring First-Year 
or Transfer
October 1  October 1  Beginning November 1* December 1

Conservatory of Music

TypeApplication DueInterview and Scholarship Application DueRecorded Audition DueOn-Campus Audition DueReceive your Decision byReply-by Date
Fall First-Year
Early Action
Nov 1 Nov 1

Nov 28

Dec 2 Dec 31 May 1
Fall First-Year
Regular Action
Jan 10 Feb 1 Feb 10 Feb 17 Apr 1 May 1
Fall Transfer  Mar 1  Mar 1  Mar 1 Feb 20 Beginning Apr 1 May 1
Spring First-Year or Transfer Oct 1 Oct 1 Oct 15  Contact Conservatory of Music at music@wheaton.edu Beginning Nov 1 Dec 1

As a part of the admissions process, it is our pleasure to get to know you personally. Interviews are an optional but enjoyable component of your application to Wheaton College, and can convey more about who you are than  other application components. On average, about on- third of our applicants complete an interview, spending about thirty minutes talking with one of our admissions counselors in person or over the telephone. Interview appointments fill quickly, so please plan ahead to take advantage of this opportunity.

First-year Applicant Interview Timing

  • Early Action interviews are conducted between August 1st and November 1st.
  • Regular Action interviews occur between December 1st and February 1st.

Transfer Applicant Interview Timing

  • Spring Transfer applicants who wish to interview must do so by October 1st.
  • Fall Transfer applicants who would like an interview must do so by March 1st.

To arrange an interview by phone on in-person, please contact our Visit Coordinator at 800.222.2419, ex. 2.


Information for . . .

First-year candidates may apply beginning August 1st to the College of Arts and Sciences or to the Conservatory of Music, but not to 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.  

Once you begin, we'll assign an admissions counselor to you to help you through every step of the process and answer your questions.

Each year, Wheaton College welcomes over 60 transfers from other schools, both two- and four-year institutions.

Maybe you attended a community college that was close to home to save money while you explored your interests. Or maybe God is calling you to a different college community with Christian and intellectual peers, where you'll find the career and vocational preparation you are looking for. No matter your story, we look forward to equipping you to discern if Wheaton College is the next destination on your college journey.

The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music is one of the top programs in the country, attracting today's brightest and best musicians for training in performance, composition, teaching, and scholarship.

Who Should Apply to the Conservatory of Music?

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 (including those who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music).

If you will require a US F-1 "Student Visa" to study at Wheaton College (all Non-US Citizens, Non-US Permanent Residents), please review the information pertinent to international applicants.

The Wheaton student body consists of students from all 50 states and more than 50 countries, including over 200 missionary and third-culture kids – and we’d love for that number to grow.

Before you begin the application process, please take a moment to review the resources available to MKs and TCKs at Wheaton.

Wheaton College welcomes applications from homeschoolers who have completed a rigorous college-preparatory program. Homeschoolers have been a part of our community for many years, and we recognize the particular assets they bring to college life: initiative, independent learning, and creative thinking. Nearly 10% of incoming classes have been homeschooled at some point during their high school years.

Students who were previously enrolled in a degree program here at Wheaton College and have been away for a semester or more must complete a Returning Student Application (PDF). No application fee is required.

Please submit transcripts for any college work completed at another institution in the time since your enrollment at Wheaton.