College Application Information

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When do I apply for college?

Applications for four-year colleges are usually available starting in October of your senior year. Deadlines can be as early as October 15 or November 1, so be sure to know the deadline and apply well in advance. To view a list of college application deadlines click HERE.

Most college applications are online. You will usually get a quicker response to an online application and the schools are able to contact you more quickly with questions. Applications for two-year community and technical schools are also online and can be filed as early as December of your senior year. The earlier the application, the better chance to get into specific programs and classes.

What is the Common Application?

The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of more than 700 member colleges and universities in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, and many European countries. Member colleges and universities that accept the Common App are made up of over 100 public universities, 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and over 250 institutions that do not require an application fee. 

What is the difference between Early Action, Early Action Single Choice, Early Decision, Early Decision II, Rolling Admissions and Regular Admission?

  • EARLY ACTION: An early action process whereby a student can submit an application by November 1 (or other designated date) and receive a decision by mid-December. The Early Action student, if accepted, is not bound to enroll. Students are not required to notify the college of their enrollment decision until May 1 and they can apply to other colleges early action or early decision.

  • EARLY DECISION : An early application process that carries a binding commitment to enroll, if accepted, to the college. Student and parent must sign that if admitted, the student will attend the college/university regardless of financial aid award. Colleges will share early decision lists, so all other applications must be withdrawn. Students not admitted under Early Decision are reconsidered with the regular decision candidates. Students and parents will not be informed of financial aid prior to admission. A small number of colleges have a second round of early decision called early decision II. This deadline is usually around January 15th with notification one month later.

  • REGULAR DECISION: The most common application process in this country. Students usually apply to colleges between January 1st and the 15th, are notified of the decision by April 1st, and then must let the college know whether they will matriculate by May 1st.

Here are a few tools to help you with your college admission process!

College Application Checklist

Tips for Finding Your College Match (page 1)

Tips for Finding Your College Match (page 2)

Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

Admissions or Scholarship Essay Tips

Common Mistakes in Writing Admissions or Scholarship Essays

 

Research & Compare Colleges:

https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

https://www.collegeboard.org/

http://www.princetonreview.com/

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors-careers

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/

Virtual Tours: www.campustours.com

http://preptalk.tv/


College Admissions Deadlines and Transfer Information
College/University Deadlines

Community Colleges Admissions and Financial Aid Deadlines