Homeschooled Frequently Asked Questions
May I apply to Wheaton College if I will not receive a state certified diploma or GED?
While Wheaton does not require a state certified diploma or GED for admission, we do require our applicants to take the ACT or SAT and complete the academic requirements described below.
For admitted applicants who decide to enroll at Wheaton, we will require proof of high school graduation in the form of an official high school transcript with a graduation date.
What is the suggested high school preparation curriculum for homeschool students?
High school curriculum requirements for homeschool applicants are identical to the requirements for all other applicants. They are as follows:
English - 4 units
Mathematics - 3 or 4 units
Science - 3 or 4 units
Social Studies - 3 or 4 units
Foreign Language - 2 or 3 units of the same language
Does Wheaton prefer a pre-packaged curriculum, or is it okay to design our own?
We recognize both pre-packaged and self-designed curricula. Our only requirement is that you submit a comprehensive transcript of your academic program (see below), as well as the Wheaton College Homeschool Information Form.
What should be included in my transcript?
A brief summary of course content and a comprehensive transcript that details your completed coursework from 9th through 11th grades, as well as classes in progress, is required. The transcript should indicate grades and credit that have been received for each course. Detailed performance evaluations can be helpful, but they are not required. Finally, the transcript must include the signature of the individual who prepared it.
Wheaton has prepared a transcript template that may be used in preparing your application materials. You may either fill it out by hand, or enter information into the interactive PDF form fields and then print it when it is complete. Either way, the transcript must be signed and dated by hand and then sent to us through standard post mail to:
Wheaton College Undergraduate Admissions Office
Student Services Building
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Who should write my academic recommendation if my parent is my primary teacher?
While we prefer that someone other than your parent complete the academic recommendation (e.g. a tutor or a community college professor, etc.), if there is no other teacher we will accept the academic recommendation from your parent. We also require a pastoral recommendation, which must come from someone who is not related to you.
You may submit a third recommendation from an individual outside your household who knows you well as a student and as a person: an employer, tutor, or coach, for example.
What are the standardized test requirements for homeschool students?
Like other applicants, homeschool students must submit scores from either the SAT I or the ACT. Please have your scores sent directly to the Admissions Office from the testing company. Wheaton’s code for the SAT is 1905; the code number for the ACT is 1160.
At Wheaton, the middle 50% of accepted applicants typically score between 1230-1390 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math sections combined) and 27-32 on the ACT. Because homeschool curriculum varies widely, we do place a higher emphasis on the standardized tests for admission.
Are there additional application requirements for homeschooled students?
If you have been homeschooled for any part of high school, please complete the Homeschool Information Form. We also highly recommend that you schedule an interview.
If I’ve taken a class at a community college, will the credits transfer?
Most credits earned at another accredited college will transfer to Wheaton if the courses are applicable to a liberal arts program. Courses of a vocational or technical nature, pre-college or remedial courses, or courses in which a D grade was earned are not transferable. 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 credits earned at other institutions. Your admissions counselor would be happy to speak with you about the types of courses that are generally accepted for credit at Wheaton College.
Is it possible to accelerate my schooling and gain early admission to Wheaton?
Some colleges will consider enrolling a student who accelerates his or her schooling and wants to enter college at age 15 or 16. However, Wheaton discourages students from doing so. We rarely enroll a student who is more than a year younger than his or her freshmen peers.