The Perfect time to apply

<p>I'm going to apply for UT-Austin for Fall 2012. I want to apply for scholarships as well. I am going to take the ACT and I'm wondering, should I take it September or on October? </p>

<p>The deadline for the scholarship is December the first. I really need to prepare for the ACT/SAT. So my question is, does applying a month earlier (eg. applying on September rather than on October) increase your chances much more?</p>

<p>No difference at all. Plus you have those essays to write (UT Austin does have essays, right?) I'm pretty sure they would prefer that a student spent time thinking about writing their essay rather than sending it in as soon as possible. That only works with colleges with rolling admission.</p>

<p>Yeah but they always mention "the early bird gets the worm", so that's the idea that's haunting me.</p>

<p>The early bird gets the worm...but not in applications. They review everyone at the same time, so it doesn't matter if you turn it in last minute. Of course, if you did something last minute, it'd probably end up being a bad application. You should take your time and make your application as amazing as possible.</p>

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Yeah but they always mention "the early bird gets the worm", so that's the idea that's haunting me.

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<p>On the other hand, it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.</p>

<p>Seriously, I think the perfect time to submit is 10-14 days before the deadline. It gives you time to make sure you include awards and honors from the fall of senior year (if you get any, of course), and it also gives you time to verify that your materials have been received before the folks in the admissions office get crushed under the weight of everyone else's applications. As deadlines approach not only do the people in the office get very busy, but so do the servers--whether it's servers at Common App or at the colleges. Every year, CC has dozens of posters who are frantic that they've missed a deadline because of a computer issue on either their end or the other end. Wouldn't you hate to be one of them?</p>

<p>This strategy actually paid off for my daughter last year. She was visiting our state flagship on the Saturday before applications were due. She had checked the status of her application online, and seen that her file had everything except her standardized test scores, which she had actually sent two months before. We were able to talk to an admissions officer that day who gave her his card and said, "Email me about this when you get home. On Monday, I'll make sure we track down your scores." Everything got fixed before the deadline. Much better than submitting at 11:58 p.m. on the day the application is due, don't you think?</p>

<p>@Sikorsky, LOL "second mouse that gets the cheese", that's hilarious.</p>

<p>What the OP is referring to are "rolling applications," used most often in Professional schools, but not many undergraduate institutions. </p>

<p>The perfect time to apply is right before Thanksgiving so you can relax among family and FOOD. :D</p>

<p>I don't think so, denizen. UT Austin does not seem to use rolling admissions.</p>

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<p>The OP seems to be looking at a firm deadline of December 1 for admissions and for scholarship consideration.</p>

<p>^I implied they don't use rolling admissions. :rolleyes:</p>

<p>Clearly, your post has me confused, denizen. Sorry. </p>

<p>I think the OP was pretty clear that his or her deadline is December 1, though.</p>

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The deadline for the scholarship is December the first.

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<p>And we all seem to agree that it is. In which case, I still think the ideal time to apply is 10-14 days in advance.</p>

<p>UT doesn't have rolling admissions, as others have stated. I don't think it will make much of a difference for you whenever you send it to UT. They have to review yours holistically if you are outside the top 9%, or out of state/international anyway. The most important thing for you to do is take the ACT whenever you feel like you are ready to score high enough...whether that be September or October. I'm sending in my application (in state, nonranking school) probably somewhere around the end of October - beginning of November, considering I have finals in November and I have a <em>ton</em> of things going on this year, and I want to be done with everything before Thanksgiving break. December 1st is the deadline for everything, so I'd advise you to send it at the latest, a couple weeks before then.</p>

<p>Yes Sikorsky you got it right I'm looking at that specific deadline. I don't know of any rolling admissions to be honest. </p>

<p>I have another question which is a tiny bit off topic. I already graduated High School this year but I'm going to Austin or Arlington for a year (and get a job ofc.) to get residency. </p>

<p>So will they give me scholarships in my condition or not?</p>

<p>And another question please :D
I've done a few extra curriculars during Senior year but I don't have a certificate for, let's say Class President for example. Will they need proof or is it okay to just mention all my activities?</p>

<p>laurennicole thanks for that advice I'm less stressed about applying TOO early but since I already finished High School I'm privileged that I already been through this so I'm more prepared thus applying a bit earlier than the usual wouldn't hurt :) Thanks for the info guys.</p>

<p>No problem! They don't need solid proof of extracurriculars or anything...just be completely honest. I'm not saying you're going to lie or anything, but lying will ultimately catch up with you so don't put any leadership positions you didn't have or clubs that you were never in, or awards that you never won.</p>