International Student Application Process
NOTE: Wheelock College is currently exploring a merger with Boston University. We encourage you to apply to Wheelock, but please note that the application requirements may change.
If you are interested in applying to ONCAMPUS Boston, Wheelock's college prep partnership with Cambridge Education Group, please visit the ONCAMPUS Boston website.
International Student Application Requirements:
- Wheelock's Online Application or the Common Application.
- Official high school transcripts. If your transcripts are not in English, they must be translated by a certified translation service. Additionally, applicants must provide a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts via a NACES-member evaluation company.
- Official college transcripts (if applicable), translated into English with a course-by-course evaluation if the institution is outside of the U.S.
- Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a teacher and one from your school counselor)
- Official English Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) score report (see details below).
- Financial certification. Upon acceptance, International Applicants must complete the Financial Verification Form to show evidence of their ability to pay educational and living expenses while studying in the US. The documentation must demonstrate ability to pay the annual cost and be certified by a bank seal. Accepted International students will receive the Financial Verification Form in their acceptance packet. All documents must be in English and documented in U.S. Dollars. The U.S. Consulate will require the same documentation; we suggest you obtain two (2) original letters, one for your records and one for us. We will not accept photocopies or faxes of financial documentation.
Please email supplementary materials (essay, recommendations, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also mail materials to:
Boston, MA 02215
If you are accepted for admission, you should plan to submit your enrollment deposit as soon as possible. After receipt of your enrollment deposit, your file will be forwarded to the Office of Student Success who will issue you a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status (SEVIS Form I-20) for a program of study at Wheelock College.
International students may qualify for partial merit scholarships, but Wheelock does not grant full scholarships. Unfortunately, need-based financial aid is not available to international students. More information is available here.
Admissions Deadlines and More Info
Wheelock has non-binding Early Action admissions for first year students who want to receive their decision before winter break. The Early Action application deadline is December 1.
Wheelock has a rolling admissions policy combined with a February 15th priority application deadline. Applications are received and acceptances are offered on an ongoing basis until the class is filled. Students who apply by February 15th will receive priority consideration for admissions and scholarships.
All applicants whose first or native language is not English are required to adequately demonstrate English competency as a part of the application process. Students may demonstrate competency by submitting:
- Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores with a minimum of 79 (or 550 on the Paper-Based Test)
- Official IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores with a minimum of 6.5
- Official SAT or ACT scores which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
- NOTE: Submission of any other English language tests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
The following exceptions apply to the policy:
- A student who will graduate from a high school in the United States (and attended that school for at least 2 academic years)
- A student who will graduate from an American School in a foreign country where English is the language of instruction (and attended that school for at least 2 academic years)
- A student who has earned an Associate’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States
If you have questions regarding our English Proficiency policy or whether you meet the exceptions above, please email Allison Sherlock, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at email@example.com.
*Please note that Wheelock College reserves the right to require English Proficiency Exam Scores for any applicant.
SAT or ACT
Beginning with 2017 applicants, Wheelock College will be following a "Test-Optional" admissions policy. If you have already taken the SAT* or ACT, feel free to send those scores to us (SAT code=3964; ACT code=1934). If students elect not to send scores, they will not be penalized.
* For 2017 applicants, Wheelock will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will compare your scores using "concordance tables" provided by the College Board to determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT.
Obtaining a student visa and entering the U.S.
International students must obtain a student visa to enter the United States to attend Wheelock. This process requires additional paperwork and is explained in detail on our International Student Services page.
Wheelock College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.