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Wheaton College

Norton, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate77%
Acceptance Rate77%

Wheaton College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Wheaton College, the regular decision application deadline is February 15 and the application fee costs $60.

Students who apply to Wheaton College for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.

Wheaton College Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Wheaton College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30.6%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 52%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%
Waitlist Yes

Wheaton College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Wheaton College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 20 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 1
Early Action Yes December 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes February 1 March 31

Want to Apply Early to Wheaton College?

Wheaton College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 20 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Wheaton College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Wheaton College is 76%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 77%.

Wheaton College accepts about 9% of early action applicants and 77% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Wheaton College admitted 95 of the 125 students who applied early decision. Last year, Wheaton College admitted 1,346 of the 1,495 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college because they hope it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➑️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Wheaton College Admissions

Is Wheaton College Difficult To Get Into?

Wheaton College is a very difficult school to get into. Wheaton College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Wheaton College accepted 77% of all applicants, about 2,760 from the 3,580 applicants.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Wheaton College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Wheaton College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Wheaton College

Wheaton College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

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 determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

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
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work 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)
Interview √
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Transcript of High School Record √

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wheaton College?

Students admitted to Wheaton College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5. Wheaton College considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34.9% submitted a class rank. At Wheaton College 30.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 63.1% were in the top 25% and 86.3% 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 15.3%
3.75 and 3.99 19%
3.50 and 3.74 20.1%
3.25 and 3.49 18.4%
3.00 and 3.24 10.1%
2.50 and 2.9 14.7%
2.00 and 2.49 2.4%

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 highlights 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 considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 52% of Wheaton College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% 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 earn between 1180 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wheaton College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1180, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wheaton College students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wheaton College students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Wheaton College?

To be most competitive at Wheaton College, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wheaton College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

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

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Wheaton College

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

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is May 1.

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

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

Wheaton College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Wheaton College?

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

Does Wheaton College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Wheaton College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… Wheaton College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wheaton College?

❌ No, Wheaton College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Wheaton College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Wheaton College's acceptance rate is 77%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wheaton College?

βœ… Wheaton College's early decision acceptance rate was 76% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Wheaton College?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Wheaton College was 9% 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 77%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.


Wheaton College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wheaton College is Feb 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Wheaton College is May 1.

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

Wheaton College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1340


Math SAT Range

570 - 670


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

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 3.48. 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.

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