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Wheaton, Illinois

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Your chances of getting into Wheaton College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Wheaton College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Wheaton College is 86.3%.  Its admission rate is the 44th lowest in Illinois.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Wheaton College and can you get accepted?

Wheaton College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 1,719 out of the 1,993 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 16 percent on standardized admission tests. Wheaton College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.75. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Wheaton College?

86% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Wheaton College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.75 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1340 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Wheaton College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Wheaton College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Wheaton College are to have around a 3.75 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.75 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Wheaton College accepts 86% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Wheaton College is 3.75 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #8 in Illinois for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Wheaton College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Wheaton College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 11.39% Good
3.75 to 3.99 49.91% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 21.82% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 10.44% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 4.74% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.52% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.19% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Wheaton College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Wheaton College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 32% of students submitted SAT scores and 25% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Wheaton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 610
Math 25th Percentile 640
Composite 25th Percentile 1250
SAT Scores for Wheaton College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 710
Math 75th Percentile 720
Composite 75th Percentile 1430
Average SAT Score 1340

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Wheaton College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Wheaton College is 1340 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1250-1430. Students who get into Wheaton College score in the top 18 percent of all SAT test takers..  Wheaton College ranks #4 in the state of Illinois and #119 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1340 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Wheaton College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1250 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1250, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1160, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Wheaton College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1340 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1340, you have around a 86% chance of being admitted. A 1430 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 92% chance of getting in.

Wheaton College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >92%
1340 to 1430 Avg + 86%-92%
1250 to 1340 Avg - 76%-86%
1160 to 1250 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 1160 Low <63%
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Wheaton College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Wheaton College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 26
Math 25th Percentile 24
Composite 25th Percentile 27
ACT Scores for Wheaton College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 30
Composite 75th Percentile 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Wheaton College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Wheaton College is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 27 and 32.  The school ranks #6 in Illinois and #134 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 27 and score in the score in the top 15 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 24.

25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Wheaton College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Wheaton College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Wheaton College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 86% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 93% with a 32 ACT score.

Wheaton College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >93%
29 to 32 Avg + 86%-93%
27 to 29 Avg - 79%-86%
25 to 27 Reach 69%-79%
Less than 25 Low <69%
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High School Class Rank

55% of Wheaton College freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Wheaton College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 54.8%
Top 25% of class 81.7%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Wheaton College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,129 864 1,993
Accepted 1,008 711 1,719
Acceptance Rate 89% 82% 86%
Enrolled 309 237 546
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 33% 32%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 239 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Wheaton College is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Wheaton College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Wheaton College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Wheaton College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Wheaton College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.75 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1340 and ACT of 29 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149781 IPEDS survey data for Wheaton College.


Does Wheaton College prefer SAT or ACT?

32% of students submit their SAT scores to Wheaton College. 25% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Wheaton College?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to Wheaton College. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Wheaton College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1250 and 1430. The average SAT score is 1340. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Wheaton College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 32. The average ACT score is 29. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.