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Application Updates in Response to COVID-19

We realize the pandemic has put more stress on students and families, and made the process of applying to college harder, more distant, and potentially out of reach for many qualified students. That’s why we are announcing a suite of changes to our admissions process for first-year and transfer applicants to reduce barriers for you to apply and enroll at Wheaton College.

The Wheaton application will be live on July 1, rather than in August. We know that the fall term has many demands on your time, and this year likely requires changes to how you attend and experience school. Applying earlier can relieve some of the competing priorities of the fall term. Now, you can apply throughout the summer when it may be most convenient for you! The Common Application option will still open on August 1.

We are creating additional rounds for admission consideration to reduce length of time from when you apply to when you receive a decision. We want you to have more certainty, not less, during the admission process. If you apply by our Early Action I deadline, you will receive an admission decision before Thanksgiving.

Admission RoundApplication DeadlineNotification By
Early Action I October 15 Thanksgiving
Early Action II November 15 Christmas
Regular Decision I January 15 March 1
Regular Decision II February 15 April 1

On June 16, 2020, we officially became test-optional by removing the standardized test score requirements for first-year and transfer students applying for admission for Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 entry. You can read the full press release here. You will now have the option to be considered for admission and merit scholarships without submitting standardized test scores.

As an explicitly Christian liberal arts college, each successful applicant demonstrates maturing Christian faith in their personal essays and through an outside recommendation from a Christian leader. But after months of limited in-person church and ministry gatherings due to the pandemic, obtaining an outside recommendation can prove to be a barrier for some applicants. You will now be able to satisfy the Christian Faith Reference requirement in either one of two ways:

  1. Submit a Christian Mentor recommendation letter from a pastor, youth leader, or Christian mentor (non-family members) OR
  2. Interview by video or phone call with an Admissions Counselor and share more about your Christian faith.

Wheaton College will be hosting limited numbers of prospective undergraduate students for on-campus visits with safety and health protocols in place beginning Monday, August 3. Until then, we invite you to sign up for a Journey to Wheaton session, where you’ll connect with an admissions counselor and get a taste of what Wheaton is like. Then, watch our Video Tours of campus at your own pace. Filmed prior to the pandemic, they will give you a taste of what's in store for you when you see campus for yourself.

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