Sometimes there is confusion regarding application deadlines and the different types of admission for which students are applying. It is worthwhile to review the options when determining your college application strategy. Always directly check the school’s website to ensure that you are meeting all applicable deadlines.
If a student applies to a school Early Decision (ED) that student can only apply to that ONE school ED. Students/Parents are typically required to sign a binding contract so that if the student is accepted he/she MUST ATTEND. ED application deadlines are usually around November 1st and students find out admission decisions by mid-December. Students should only apply ED if they are certain that school is their top choice.
Restricted Early Action
If a school offers a Restricted Early Action (REA) option, students can apply to only that ONE school EA and they are prohibited from applying ED to any other school. The REA deadlines are typically around early November and students find out admission decisions by mid-December or January. REA decisions are non-binding.
Schools that offer Early Action (EA) deadlines typically require students to submit their applications by November 1 and decisions are available between mid-December and mid-January. Students who are admitted EA can choose whether to attend that school (EA decisions are non-binding).
Applying for Regular Decision typically requires a student to apply by January 1st and admissions decisions are made by April 1st. Students can apply to as many Regular Decision schools as they choose.
Note that many public universities had regular application deadlines prior to January 1st. For instance, UF’s deadline is November 1st and admission decisions are released in mid-February. Again, always check the school’s website for specific application deadlines.
Students typically obtain college admission decisions 4-6 weeks after their application file has been submitted in full. A school with Rolling Admissions continues to make acceptance decisions until the freshman class is full.
Some colleges offer Priority Deadlines meaning there is an early deadline for priority decisions with regard to admissions and/or financial aid. Note that colleges with priority deadlines often accept a majority of their students from the priority applicant pool. In addition, scholarships are often tied to the priority deadline, so students should make every effort to submit applications by the priority deadline.
If you have questions or need guidance, please feel free to call the Milestone office at 561-470-7100.
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