Wheaton College Requirements for Admission

What are Wheaton College's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into Wheaton College and build a strong application.

School location: Norton, MA

This school is also known as: Wheaton College (MA)


Admissions Rate: 73.9%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at Wheaton College is 73.9%. For every 100 applicants, 74 are admitted.

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This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet Wheaton College's requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.


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Wheaton College GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.44

The average GPA at Wheaton College is 3.44.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.44, Wheaton College requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes. This will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.44, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

Wheaton College hasn't explicitly named a policy on SAT/ACT requirements, but because it's published average SAT or ACT scores (we'll cover this next), it's likely test flexible. Typically, these schools say, "if you feel your SAT or ACT score represents you well as a student, submit them. Otherwise, don't."

Despite this policy, the truth is that most students still take the SAT or ACT, and most applicants to Wheaton College will submit their scores. If you don't submit scores, you'll have one fewer dimension to show that you're worthy of being admitted, compared to other students. We therefore recommend that you consider taking the SAT or ACT, and doing well.

Wheaton College SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1245

The average SAT score composite at Wheaton College is a 1245 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes Wheaton College Competitive for SAT test scores.

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Wheaton College SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1165, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1340. In other words, a 1165 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1340 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math605550660
Reading + Writing640600680
Composite124511651340

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

Wheaton College has the Score Choice policy of "Contact School."

This means that the school wants you to contact them to learn more about their Score Choice policies. Keep reading - we may have extra notes about this from our own expert research.


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Wheaton College ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, Wheaton College likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 28

The average ACT score at Wheaton College is 28. This score makes Wheaton College Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 26, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 29.

Even though Wheaton College likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 26 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 26 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

However, in our research, we found that Wheaton College does in fact offer an ACT superscore policy. To quote their Admissions Office:

The submission of standardized test results is optional for all candidates.

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Superscoring is powerful to your testing strategy, and you need to make sure you plan your testing accordingly. Of all the scores that Wheaton College receives, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all ACT test dates you submit.

Click below to learn more about how superscoring critically affects your test strategy.

How does superscoring change your test strategy? (Click to Learn)

For example, say you submit the following 4 test scores:

English Math Reading Science Composite
Test 1 32 16 16 16 20
Test 2 16 32 16 16 20
Test 3 16 16 32 16 20
Test 4 16 16 16 32 20
Superscore 32 32 32 32 32

Even though the highest ACT composite you scored on any one test date was 20, Wheaton College will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 20 to 32 in this example.

This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and Wheaton College forms your Superscore, you can take the ACT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.

Therefore, if your ACT score is currently below a 26, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the ACT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.

Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the ACT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will give you the highest Superscore possible.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have an optional essay section.

Wheaton College considers the SAT Essay/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that Wheaton College requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is lightly selective, you have a great shot at getting in, as long as you don't fall well below average. Aim for a 1165 SAT or a 26 ACT or higher, and you'll almost certainly get an offer of admission. As long as you meet the rest of the application requirements below, you'll be a shoo-in.

But if you score below our recommended target score, you may be one of the very few unlucky people to get rejected.


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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of Wheaton College here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Accepted
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for all freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation 2
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $60
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT
  • SAT Essay or ACT Writing Optional
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 4
  • Science 3
  • Foreign Language 3
  • Social Studies 2
  • History 2
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes January 10 April 1
  • Early Action
    • Yes November 1 January 1
  • Early Decision
    • Yes December 15

Admissions Office Information


Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Wheaton College, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Wheaton College.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are have higher average SAT scores than Wheaton College. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1350 30
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1335 29
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1315 29
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1300 30
American University Washington, DC 1300 29
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1290 29
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1290 28

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Wheaton College, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1265 28
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1265 27
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1250 28
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX 1250 28
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1238 27
Auburn University Auburn University, AL 1235 28
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1231 26

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Wheaton College, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Wheaton College is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 1184 27
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 1180 26
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1175 26
Ohio University Athens, OH 1170 24
University of North Texas Denton, TX 1160 23
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX 1160 23
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1145 23

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