When Should I Apply?

It can be confusing trying to pick when you want to submit your application. Here are the Pro's & Cons of each choice.

Regular Decision

This is the most common way students apply to college. These deadlines are typically between January and February. 

 

Pros:

 - This is a non-binding decision

A Binding decision is essentially a legal contract stating that if accepted to the college/university then the student will enroll and withdraw all other applications. 

Early Action

The same regulations apply with the Early Action as Regular Decision, you just received your answer quicker. These are usually due in November. You may also be deferred to the regular decision list if your application needs more review or is missing information.  

Usually, students with strong and competitive academic backgrounds choose this option

Pros:

- This is a non-binding decision

- You receive an answer quicker

Cons: 

- You have to have your materials ready sooner (Rec. Letters, SAT/ACT Scores, Essays, etc)

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Early Decision

Early Decision is a binding decision that if accepted you must attend the school. Applications are usually due early-mid November. Students usually do this option with their top choice college.

Pros:

- You receive an answer quicker

Cons: 

- Binding Decision

- You can only use this option for one school

- You cannot compare scholarship & award packages from other potential schools

Rolling Admission

Rolling Admission means that the school is always taking applications on a rolling basis, meaning you can apply at any time. Just be attentive to specific deadlines like the FAFSA Priority Deadline.

Pros:

 - This is a non-binding decision

 - You have more time to apply

Restrictive Early 

Restrictive Early Decision allows you to receive your decision earlier. Applications are usually due early-mid November.

Pros:

- You receive an answer quicker

- Non-Binding 

Cons: 

- You can only use this option for one school

- You may be restricted from applying Early Decision, Early Action, or Restrictive Early at any other college/university