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Wheaton College - Massachusetts

Norton, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate80%

Wheaton College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Wheaton College. The acceptance rate at Wheaton College is 80%. Last year, 4,004 students applied to Wheaton College and 3,198 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to Wheaton College, the regular decision application deadline is February 15 and the fee for the application costs $60.

Students who apply to Wheaton College for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 31.

Wheaton College Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Wheaton College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30.6%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
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 2 15 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.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Discover 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

Is Wheaton College Hard 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 2022, Wheaton College accepted 80% of students, approximately 3,198 from 4,004 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

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Wheaton College

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

What Does Wheaton College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. 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 stand out.

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
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered

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

Wheaton College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Wheaton College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check 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 3.7. 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 –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

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 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.

What is a Good SAT Score for Wheaton College?

To be competitive with other Wheaton College applicants, you should strive to score 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.

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.

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€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer 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.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wheaton College?

❌ No, Wheaton College is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Wheaton College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Wheaton College is 80%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wheaton College?

βœ… Wheaton College offers early decision but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

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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 80%. This means that the institution accepts 79 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 3.7. 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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