Smart Definitions: College Admission Application Types
Oct30

Smart Definitions: College Admission Application Types

If you are a high school senior and want to apply to college early, you should know there are several different college admission application types: Related: When it comes to admission advice, consider the source Early Decision – for students who are really sure of their first-choice school and are ready to accept an offer of admission (and financial aid package, if applicable). Early Decision application deadlines typically fall between October 30 – December 1. Students are notified during December and January. Deadlines vary by school. Applying ED carries certain expectations: That the college you applied to is your first-choice and you will accept the offer of admission. That you will apply to only one school as an ED applicant. That acceptance of an offer admission is binding. And, it is expected that you will withdraw all applications to other institutions. Early Action (a.k.a. Early Action I) – for students who want to apply early (before the regular application deadline). Of the college admission application types, this is one for which the offer of admission is non-binding, meaning you are not under any obligation to accept the offer of admission. The Early Action option makes sense for students who are sure of their first-choice college but don’t want the restrictions that come with applying as an ED applicant. Some benefits to applying Early Action include early consideration for competitive majors where the number of slots is limited and perhaps access to certain scholarship opportunities (details and opportunities will vary by institution and program). Early Action II – similar to EA I, but with a later deadline (still prior to the regular admissions deadline). Same conditions apply: non-binding; ideal for students with top/first-choice schools. Not Ready to Apply Early? If the timing’s not right to apply early then Regular Decision works just fine. Regular Decision – means you will apply by a specified date that usually falls between January and March, after which application review typically begins. Students will be notified by a certain date in the spring (usually by early April since the national candidate reply date to accept the offer of admission is May 1). Rolling Admissions – means applications are accepted on an on-going basis and are reviewed as they come in. Students are typically notified withing 2-4 weeks following submission. Always check with each college you’re considering to find out which of the above application methods “apply” to their institution.  Related: When to hit...

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Where to Apply for Early Action II and Early Decision II Admission
Dec22

Where to Apply for Early Action II and Early Decision II Admission

December 22, 2011 High school students who applied for admission to college as Early Decision or Early Action applicants have been anxiously (and frequently, perhaps incessantly) checking their email inbox and their snail-mailboxes to learn whether or not they have been accepted for admission.   Getting accepted early relieves the stress that comes with waiting for spring decision letters to be sent. Not getting in early means the student has to adhere to the regular decision admissions schedule and apply accordingly. However, if getting accepted early is important to you, some colleges offer Early Action II and Early Decision II programs which have admission deadlines that are typically earlier than regular/spring deadlines. Deadlines and conditions vary by school– always check with each individual college you're considering to confirm deadlines and requirements.  Maybe you've already visited some of the schools in the list below? If not, perhaps you'll have a few days to do so before the EA II or ED II deadlines.  (The following  information is current as of the 2011-2012 school year. Again, it's always best to confirm deadlines with individual schools to ensure accuracy.) COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WITH  EA II/ED II PROGRAMS EA II Austin College Butler University Gustavus Adolphus College Hofstra University Illinois Institute of Technology  Randolph College Saint John's University Saint Michael's College University of Dallas University of Redlands University of Tampa Westminster College-PA Wittenberg University Worcester Polytechnic Institute  ED II Bates College Bennington College Bowdoin College Brandeis University Bryant University Bryn Mawr College  Bucknell University Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University Champlain College Claremont McKenna College Colby College Colgate University College of the Atlantic College of Wooster Colorado College Connecticut College Cornell College (IA) Davidson College Denison University Dickinson College Drew University Elmira College Emory University Franklin and Marshall College George Washington University Gettysburg College Goucher College Grinnell College Hamilton College Hampshire College Harvey Mudd College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Juniata College Kenyon College Lafayette College Lehigh University List College, The Jewish Theological Seminary Macalester College Middlebury College Mount Holyoke College New York University Oberlin College Occidental College  Pomona College Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College Rollins College  Saint Olaf College Sarah Lawrence College Scripps College Sewanee The University of the South Skidmore College Smith College St. Lawrence University St. Mary's College of Maryland Stevens Institute of Technology Swarthmore College The George Washington University Trinity College Tufts University Union College University of Puget Sound University of Richmond University of Rochester Vanderbilt University Vassar College Washington and Lee University Wesleyan University Wheaton College Whitman College  The information above was gathered from the schools themselves or from the Common Application's master list and curated by Shelley Krause (@butwait).   College Visit Tip: You...

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