How to Apply to the College of Arts and Sciences

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Thank you for your interest in Wheaton College! We are pleased you are applying and look forward to working with you throughout the application 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 College of Arts and Sciences. If you wish to pursue a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Music Education, please apply to the Conservatory of Music.

Before you begin the process, please review the definitions and timing information below. All the requirements listed must be met in order to be considered for admission.

Apply Using the Wheaton Application Apply Using the Common App



  • 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  admissions process for International Students

Other Types of Applicants

  • Previous Applicants: Students who have applied to Wheaton College within the last two years, but who have not enrolled, should apply online using our Supplementary Application. Additional required items include a final high school transcript, a new academic recommendation, subsequent college transcripts, and an essay. The application fee is waived for these applicants. If the original application was submitted over two years ago, the candidate must submit a new application to the College of Arts and Sciences or to the Conservatory of Music.
  • Re-Enrolling Students: Students who have previously enrolled in a degree program and have been away for a semester or more must complete a Re-Enrolling application. No application fee is required. Please submit transcripts for college work completed at other schools as well.
  • Non-Degree Seeking Students: Non-degree seeking students apply with a special Student Application. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at or 800.222.2419 to request one.
  • Applicant with Bachelor's Degree: If you have already earned a bachelor's degree, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office before applying.

Deadlines and Timing

First-year Admission

Admission Round Application Due Supplemental Items Sent by Decision Notification by Reply-by Date 
Early Action I October 15 October 22 December 1 May 1
Early Action II November 15 November 22 January 1 May 1
Regular Decision I January 15 January 22 March 1 May 1 
Regular Decision II February 15 February 22 April 1 May 1
Rolling Admission N/A N/A Three weeks upon application completion N/A
Spring Entry Rolling Rolling November 1 December 1

Transfer Admission

Entry Term Application Due Decision Notification by Reply-by Date 
Spring Entry Rolling November 1 December 1
Fall Entry Rolling April 1 May 1


Application Steps

1.  Submit Your Application

Apply with the Wheaton Application or the Common App.

2. Complete Your Faith Essay

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?

3. 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 to:

    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. 
  • College transcripts
    Transfer applicants are required to submit transcripts from all colleges they enrolled at, whether or not credit was earned or grades were received. First-Year applicants who have taken or are taking college courses should also submit transcripts.
  • International Students: Please see the "Request Secondary School Records" and "University Records" sections of How to Apply as an International Student.  

4. Request Recommendation Letters

Academic Recommendation
A report from one of your core academic teachers (English, science, social science, math, or foreign language) is required. This should be someone who knows your classroom performance well. Homeschool students should refer to the academic recommendation form for further instructions.

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.

5. Satisfy Christian Faith Reference

You can satisfy the Christian Faith reference requirement in either one of two ways:

  • Submit a Christian Mentor recommendation letter from a pastor, youth leader, or Christian mentor (non-family members). 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. OR
  • Interview by video or phone call with an Admissions Counselor and share more about your Christian faith. Set up an interview with an admissions counselor by emailing us.

6.  Send Standardized Test Scores (required for some)

Starting with the Fall 2024 entry term, we strongly encourage test submission (SAT, ACT, CLT) to be considered for an Aequitas Fellowship and our highest academic scholarship. Please review additional test score requirements for admission if you are a homeschool student or an international student. If you would like a standardized test score considered for admission and scholarship, you can indicate this on your application. We accept SAT, ACT, or CLT (Classical Learning Test) test scores. All test scores should be sent directly from the testing company to Wheaton College or included on your high school transcript.

  • Wheaton's Code Numbers 
    SAT: 1905
    ACT: 1160  
  • Superscores
    Wheaton "superscores" the SAT, ACT, and CLT 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. 
  • English Proficiency Requirements:  English proficiency requirements apply to all international students and to U. S. residents whose native language is not English.

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, telephone, or video call interviews can be scheduled by calling the Visit Coordinator at 800.222.2419 x2 or by emailing us.

Students who are living outside the United States are welcome to schedule a video or phone interview. Please send a request for an international interview to

8. Apply for Financial Aid

All applicants are considered for academic merit scholarships. Please consult Cost & Aid for instructions on how to apply for need-based financial aid. Direct your questions to the Student Financial Services Office at 800.222.2419, or contact them via email. The priority processing deadline for financial aid is November 15 for First-Year Early Action and Spring applicants, February 15 for First-Year Regular Decision applicants, and March 1 for Fall Transfer applicants.



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