College applications can be hard for any high school student to complete, even if they know and meet all their expected deadlines. You have to submit admissions essays, results of your SAT and/or ACT test, partial and full high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and maybe even a portfolio. Each school you apply to has different requirements to follow.
In this article, we will help you understand the most common type of deadlines you will see when applying to college and what to expect when applying. For more information, you should talk to a student coach today.
Talk to an Admissions Officer
It can seem intimidating to contact an admissions officer from the school you are interested in attending for college, but you should do so anyways. Contrary to the stereotype, admissions officers want to hear from you. They like it when you call and ask important questions because self-starting students are what they are interested in when deciding who gets admitted and who does not. For the most updated and relevant college deadlines for your admission application, you should contact an admissions officer at your prospective college.
Here are the most common types of admissions periods you will find when applying to college. If you have a preferred type of admissions, you can search for prospective colleges using the admissions types as search words on Google or Bing.
Applying to college with a regular decision application is a standard application. You apply by a certain date and you find out your application status by a certain date. It is very straightforward. Deadlines vary, but you usually have until December 1st to apply to college. From then, you will have to wait several months while the colleges decide whether you, along with thousands of other students, deserve to attend their college. You will usually learn of the college’s decision by mid-March but this depends on the college. When in doubt, contact the admissions office.
Rolling admissions are great for students who want to apply to college, but fear they will miss a deadline, or do not want to wait for an application period to open. You can apply at any time of the year. The advantage to using rolling admissions is that you can also be accepted at any time of the year. If you are behind in your college applications, or you want to re-take the SATs, you should consider applying with rolling admissions.