Wheaton College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Wheaton College

Wheaton College is a private, Christian liberal arts college situated in Wheaton, Illinois, west of Chicago. The institution has a large selection of over 40 undergraduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are supported by a 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.  In athletics, the Wheaton Thunder play in 22 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW).


  • Total Enrollment: 2,944 (2,401 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45 percent Male/55 percent Female
  • 97 percent Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $37,700
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $10,630
  • Other Expenses: $1,900
  • Total Cost: $51,030

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 84 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 82 percent
    • Loans: 55 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,885
    • Loans: $6,959

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; and Health Professions and Related Programs

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 10 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 77 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 87 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Wheaton College Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data                        

  • Wheaton College Acceptance Rate: 83 percent
  • Test Scores: 25t/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 620/710
    • SAT Math: 590/710
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 27/32
    • ACT English: 27/34
    • ACT Math: 25/30
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Wheaton College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Wheaton College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Wheaton College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Texas Christian University, Temple University, Auburn University, Seton Hall University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Wheaton College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Texas at Dallas, Stony Brook University, University of Connecticut, Rochester Institute of Technology, American University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Drexel University

Applying to Wheaton College

Application Deadline: January 10

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