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Wheaton College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1860
Affiliation: Christian nondenominational
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 2,365
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $313,105,178
Admissions Address

501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.7
Send application by: January 10
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Shawn Leftwich
Admissions office telephone: (630) 752-5005
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 10
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 3 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 31
Application fee: $50
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? No
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $300 (Refundable by May 1)
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 N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 4
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A 4
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 18 18

*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: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: December 31
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
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: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Not considered
Level of applicant's interest: Important
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 56%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 43%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 68%
Total applicants: 2,115
Total acceptances: 1,176
Total freshman enrollment: 572
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 47%
Male applicants: 816
Male acceptances: 573
Male freshman enrollment: 294
Female applicants: 1,299
Female acceptances: 603
Female freshman enrollment: 278
Out-of-state freshmen: 80%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 358
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 164
Students enrolled from waiting list: 105


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 58%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 85%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 98%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 59%
Average high school GPA: 3.7
First-year students submitting GPA: 99%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 71%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 610 - 760
Math: 610 - 700
Combined: 1220 - 1460


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 37.0% 33.0%
600-699 43.0% 47.0%
500-599 18.0% 18.0%
400-499 2.0% 2.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 63%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 28 - 33
Math: 26 - 31
Composite: 27 - 31


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 43.0% 59.0% 41.0%
24-29 48.0% 33.0% 51.0%
18-23 9.0% 7.0% 8.0%
12-17 0.0% 1.0% 0.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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