Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
Please take a moment to read our updated TOS, Privacy Policy, and Forum Rules.

Common App Deadline Time?

b3ntleyb3ntley Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
edited November 2009 in Common Application
I've done some searching around the forum and haven't been able to find any clear answer to this. What time is the common app due on the day of the deadline? Also, are time zones factored into this?
Post edited by b3ntley on

Replies to: Common App Deadline Time?

  • WinstonWolfeWinstonWolfe Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    You searched this forum, but did you consider searching the Common App Applicant Support Center? Here's what it says:

    All application deadlines are as of 11:59pm ET on the stated deadline day. The Common Application records all dates (deadlines, form submission dates, payment dates) in Eastern Time. Schools not located in the eastern time zone may choose to extend their application deadlines to the end of a deadline day in their local time zone, or may accept your documents up until the posted deadline in their local time zone (even though your submission time stamp will be recorded in Eastern Time.) For example, a school located in California may accept your application until 2:59am Eastern Time, which is equivalent to 11:59pm Pacific Time. Since this is on a school-by-school basis and this is not information that may not be available to you, we recommend you submit based on the Eastern Time deadline. Most colleges will accept the submission if it is within a reasonable time period around their deadline.
  • 4KidsMom4KidsMom Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    My daughter sent her common application for early decision consideration on October 30th.
    On the Common Application website, it says it was downloaded on November 2nd.
    If this is the case, her application is LATE!
    Fortunately, I printed the receipt which has the October 30th date.
    Why did this happen and do we now have a problem?
  • WinstonWolfeWinstonWolfe Registered User Posts: 362 Member

    The date an application is submitted and the date it is downloaded by the college are two distinct items. Your daughter submitted her application by the deadline and has nothing to worry about. The college probably downloaded it from the Common App Online system on November 2 because that was the first business day after October 30. It's as if your daughter had mailed her application postmarked October 30 but the college didn't open the envelope until November 2--or later. Everything is fine.
  • 4KidsMom4KidsMom Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    Thank you!
This discussion has been closed.