August 31, 2017
Beginning this fall, prospective students can apply to Wheaton using the Common Application. Wheaton joins more than 750 colleges and universities in adopting this method of accepting applications.
Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jason Kirchner stressed the prevalence of the Common App: “More than 1 million unique applicants, about one-third of whom are first-generation college students, submitted 4.5 million+ applications last year,” he explained. The purpose of the Common App is to simplify the college application process so that students need not fill out the same personal information for every application.
Kirchner said that Wheaton’s portion of the Common App will still incorporate the college’s traditional faith-based application questions and the original institutional application will also remain available for prospective students. While the Common App is designed to add a new level of convenience and efficiency to the application process, Kircher added that other potential benefits include, “increasing awareness of Wheaton College and [creating] easy accessibility for recommenders to complete their portion of the application process.”
As Wheaton enters a new era of interacting with incoming applications, the College’s admissions department is prepared and excited, Kirchner said. “We welcome the opportunity to reduce the perceived burden of applying to college while maintaining our ability to recruit, evaluate and advocate for students who are a great fit for Wheaton College.” Prospective students can find Wheaton’s new Common App at wheaton.edu/apply.
August 31, 2017