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When to send in college applications?

PandaShoelacePandaShoelace 0 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5 New Member
I'm not very familiar with how college admissions work. One question I have is if people send their applications in Junior year, and why? My school doesn't offer AP Chemistry or AP Physics but does offer PSEO classes. PSEO classes are dual enrollment classes; they're pretty much just college classes. However, the prerequisite to PSEO Chemistry and PSEO Physics are taking Chemistry and Physics in high school. I think I can take Chemistry in tenth grade, but I'm pretty sure I have to take Physics only in 11th. However, if I take normal physics in 11, I can't say that I took the PSEO course if I send in applications in Junior year. Is there a reason you should send in applications in Junior year? The reason I ask is that I've heard many people say they did that or will do that, or that others should do that.
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 669 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 681 Member
    You apply after junior year. If you applied in junior year it would imply that you’re graduating early or skipping senior year.
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  • collegemom9collegemom9 768 replies26 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 794 Member
    You apply after you’ve completed junior year. Common app opens 8/1.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7875 replies156 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 8,031 Senior Member
    You apply for college during the fall of your senior year. Colleges work one year at a time-- right now they're dealing with next year's freshman class and don't have the time or energy to deal with kids from the following year.

    It sounds to me as though you're finishing 9th grade? Please, for the sake of your mental health, stop thinking about applying to college for a while. Think about 9th grade.
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  • drusbadrusba 9573 replies20 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 9,593 Senior Member
    You need to start reviewing the admissions sections at websites for the colleges to which you are considering applying. Those will tell you what you need to apply, when the application can first be provided, and when is the last date for applying. When you apply vaires among colleges but it is not in junior year in high school unless you are actually applying under special programs some colleges have that allow exceptional juniors to apply and start the fall after completing junior year in high school.

    The common app, used by many colleges, comes out every year in early Aug (usually Aug 1). Colleges with their own apps will likely have varying first dates, e.g., if applying to UCs, you can apply only from Nov 1 to Nov 30. The last date to apply also varies. For regular admission, some are early in Fall of senior year, like the UCs, while others will have end dates in Jan, Feb, or even March. Moreover, many colleges have more than one application period because they have early action or early decision application periods , where you often need to apply by Nov 1 and then get a decision in December, and then also have a regular admission application period that ends oil Jan or after,
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7875 replies156 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 8,031 Senior Member
  • svlab112svlab112 533 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 539 Member
    Applicants will list courses completed and graded (9-11) and include courses in-progress/planned (12). So target colleges will see all 9-12 courses in making a decision.

    Your PSEO courses will be listed as “in-progress” and included on your application.
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 9779 replies62 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 9,841 Senior Member
    Does your high school not have a counseling department?
    They are supposed to work with you to develop your educational track.
    That means they help you plot out your 4 years of expected coursework in high school in order to prepare for admission to a college or university. A number of those courses may have prerequisites. Worry about those after you speak to your counselor.

    In your senior year, you'll apply to college.
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