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How early should you apply to college?

butterfly510butterfly510 Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2011 in College Admissions
Is September of 2011 to early to apply to colleges with regular admissions if you are wanting to start college in the fall of 2012? I will be applying one college in September, but they have rolling admissions and the admissions rep told me that those who apply early should know results by November. However, I am going to be applying to about 6/7 other colleges that don't have rolling admissions and since I will NOT be applying for early admissions, would September be to early for schools who don't release results until the spring of 2012?
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Replies to: How early should you apply to college?

  • BillyMcBillyMc Posts: 7,753. Senior Member
    Well, if a school has early admission and you want to apply early, it seems like a natural choice. Note the difference between non-binding EA and binding ED.

    Most schools have Regular Decision deadlines somewhere around January 1st. Applying earlier is good, but make sure you have all your test scores done by when you apply, so you can include them in your application. Also, if you're up for a major award in November, you might want to wait until you find out. But applying as soon as you have everything you need for your application is a good idea.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Posts: 19,367Registered User Senior Member
    You should apply to any of your Rolling Admissions schools as early as you can. It also doesn't hurt to apply to the other places as soon as your applications are ready. Many colleges and universities have early cut-off dates for applicants who want to be considered for certain scholarships. Some of those applications have to be in as early as October! Be sure to investigate the situation at each of the schools on your list.
  • ilovemyblacklabilovemyblacklab Posts: 236Registered User Junior Member
    I had all of mine done in September, and I've loved not stressing about them since then. Some people who wait until the last minute get stressed out/ aren't careful.
  • nysmilenysmile Posts: 5,850Registered User Senior Member
    Definitely apply EA to a couple of schools. Both of my kids had all of their applications completed and submitted by Nov. 15th. All they had to do after that was to maintain their grades for the rest of the academic year.
  • PhotoOpPhotoOp Posts: 1,106Registered User Senior Member
    Best thing to do is to write your essays over the summer and send your applications in as early as possible. September does not seem too early. Then you can concentrate on your grades and senior year activities without worrying about your applications.

    Good luck!
  • butterfly510butterfly510 Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for all the info!

    nysmile: Technically you can't apply EA to a couple of schools as most prohibit you from applying to another EA as you can't go to both if you are accepted under EA (since EA is a binding agreement). In my case since I want to "shop around" for financial packages, EA is not really the way to go for me.
  • 2CHiLLaXiN2CHiLLaXiN Posts: 485Registered User Junior Member
    Definitely apply early for the RA school. As for the others, it can't hurt to submit it as soon as possible, since many schools read applications in the order in which they come in. But you can wait to submit them till the end of September or early October if you think it could help your application to have extra activities and awards on there, or if you need the extra time to write better application essays.
  • ilovemyblacklabilovemyblacklab Posts: 236Registered User Junior Member
    Actually, butterfly, EA is NOT binding. ED (Early decision) is binding. There may be some REA or SCEA schools (restrictive/selective early action, look up the rules on those,) but MOST EA schools are non-binding. I applied to 3.
  • BillyMcBillyMc Posts: 7,753. Senior Member
    nysmile: Technically you can't apply EA to a couple of schools as most prohibit you from applying to another EA as you can't go to both if you are accepted under EA (since EA is a binding agreement). In my case since I want to "shop around" for financial packages, EA is not really the way to go for me.
    You're talking about Early Decision. I applied to many Early Action schools. As I said before, EA is non-binding and ED (early decision) is binding. EA is sort of like Rolling Admission, in that you just get your decision early (and still have til May 1st to decide), but there is actually a set response date (usually in December).
  • RedSevenRedSeven Posts: 1,665Registered User Senior Member
    As long as you have everything you need for your application, applying early can only help you.

    I applied in September to everywhere (1 ED, 1 EA, 1 rolling, 3 RD) I was planning on applying (although I did add 3 more RD schools after my ED turned me down) and was glad I did so. It's one less thing to have to think about, and really nice to have it out of the way.

    Between September and most RD deadlines, your application isn't going to get much stronger, so there's no point in waiting.
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