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Wheaton College

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1834
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,561
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $165,072,017
Admissions Address

East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766

Website

http://www.wheatoncollege.edu

Admissions E-mail

admission@wheatoncollege.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: January 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Gail Berson
Admissions office telephone: (508) 286-8251
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 15
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
 
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $55
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.wheatoncollege.edu/Admission/applying.html Tuition deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 4 4
Science 3 3
Lab 2 2
Foreign language 4 4
Social studies 2 3
History 2 2
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 19 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Neither SAT nor ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 15
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Considered
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Very important
Alumni/ae relation: Important
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 41%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 83%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 38%
Total applicants: 3,614
Total acceptances: 1,464
Total freshman enrollment: 410
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 38%
Male applicants: 1,184
Male acceptances: 598
Male freshman enrollment: 171
 
Female applicants: 2,430
Female acceptances: 866
Female freshman enrollment: 239
Out-of-state freshmen: 66%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 922
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 299
Students enrolled from waiting list: 41

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 53%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 83%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 38%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 86%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 53%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 600 – 680
Math: 580 – 670
Combined: 1180 – 1350

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 18.0% 16.0%
600-699 56.0% 44.0%
500-599 24.0% 35.0%
400-499 2.0% 5.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 10%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 25 – 28

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 17.0% N/A N/A
24-29 74.0% N/A N/A
18-23 9.0% N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A

 

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