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College Admission Options

Admission Options

There are many different admissions options, so it is important for you to understand the various plans and deadlines and to discuss your counselor and family which is most appropriate for you. Some of the most common options are listed below.

Regular Decision

This is the most common plan. Students apply before a deadline that usually falls between January 1 and March 15. After the deadline, the college reviews the applications, and chooses the students it wants to admit. Students then have typically until May 1 to reply to the admissions offer.

Early Action

This plan is for strong students to apply to one early action college, usually by November 1 or 15. The college will decide by December 15, but the student does not have to commit to the college until May, at which time, he may wish to attend another school. This option is competitive. Generally, it is the most selective colleges that offer this option. If a student is not accepted in December, his application will be considered later with the entire regular admission application pool.

Early Decision

This plan is only for students who are sure of their first choice college, and is a reasonable candidate for the college. many colleges have more than one early decision deadline. If you are admitted, you are expected to attend that college and withdraw all other applications you may have filed. you are asked to sign a statement of this intent. This option should only be pursued if you are absolutely certain of your choice, as you are locked in if you are accepted.

Rolling Admission

This is the practice of processing an application as soon as the candidate's files are complete and notifying the applicant as soon as the decision is made. It is advantageous to submit your application early to these colleges. It typically takes 2-3 weeks for the college to process an application and send a reply.