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Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate86%

Wheaton College Admissions

Wheaton College is very difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Wheaton College is 86%. Last year, 1,993 students applied to Wheaton College and 1,719 were admitted.

If you are applying to Wheaton College, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and the application fee is $50.

Students who submit their applications to Wheaton College for fall should hear back from Wheaton College by April 1.

Wheaton College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Wheaton College's admissions stats.

Wheaton College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 54.8%
Mean SAT Score 1321
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 32%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 25%
Waitlist Yes

Wheaton College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Wheaton College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 31
Regular Decision Yes 8 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Wheaton College?

Wheaton College may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Wheaton College directly for more information about early applications.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Wheaton College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 31.

Wheaton College accepts approximately 91% of early action applicants and 86% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Wheaton College admitted 972 of the 1,63 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Wheaton College Admissions

Transferring to Wheaton College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Wheaton College

In 2022, Wheaton College waitlisted 91 students and 86 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 2 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Wheaton College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Wheaton College

What does Wheaton College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Wheaton College for more information on admission factors.

Wheaton College Application Requirements

To apply to Wheaton College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Wheaton College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Christian Faith Reference
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wheaton College?

Students admitted to Wheaton College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 23.1% submitted a class rank. At Wheaton College 54.8% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 81.7% were in the top 25% and 96.8% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Wheaton College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 11.39%
3.75 and 3.99 49.91%
3.50 and 3.74 21.82%
3.25 and 3.49 10.44%
3.00 and 3.24 4.74%
2.50 and 2.9 1.52%
2.00 and 2.49 0.19%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Wheaton College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Wheaton College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 32% of Wheaton College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 25% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Wheaton College?

To be competitive with other Wheaton College applicants, you should strive to score between 1260 and 1410 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wheaton College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1410 and 25% of scored lower than 1260, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Wheaton College student is 1321.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wheaton College students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wheaton College students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

To be most competitive at Wheaton College, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wheaton College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Wheaton College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

More Information on Transferring to Wheaton College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Wheaton College.

Transfer students can enroll in Wheaton College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Wheaton College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Wheaton College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Wheaton College.

Does Wheaton College accept transfer credits?

✅ Wheaton College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Wheaton College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Wheaton College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wheaton College?

✅ Wheaton College is not test optional.

What is Wheaton College's acceptance rate?

✅ Wheaton College has an acceptance rate of 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wheaton College?

🟨 Wheaton College may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Wheaton College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Wheaton College was 91% in 2021.

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Wheaton College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Wheaton College? Wheaton College is a very selective institution. The Wheaton College acceptance rate is 86%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.


Wheaton College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wheaton College is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Wheaton College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1410


Math SAT Range

640 - 720


Reading SAT Range

610 - 710

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1410 and Above


1260 to 1410


1260 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wheaton College students is 1321. Applicants with SAT scores of 1410 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wheaton College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1410 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Wheaton College.

Wheaton College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Wheaton College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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