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Guidance & College Counseling: Admission FAQs

As you navigate the college admission process, you will encounter various "types" of admission process, each with its own set of rules and expectations. Here is a general guide to how each process works:

  • Rolling Admissions
    • No application deadline
    • Don't wait until the last minute - spaces and/or majors can fill up
    • There is often a "priority date" such as March 1st
    • Decisions are made on a rolling basis
    • Students are notified of decisions on a rolling basis
    • You have until May 1st to make a decision
  • Early Decision (ED)
    • Allows student to apply to his first choice school in November or December.  Notification of decision will generally arrive in December.
    • Early Decision is binding.
    • If the student applies ED and is accepted, he is ethically bound to promptly withdraw applications to other schools and attend the accepting school.
    • The enrollment deposit is due soon after the acceptance is received.
  • Early Action (EA)
    • Much like ED except that it is not binding.  The student is not asked to withdraw other applications if admitted.
    • A student may apply to as many Early Action colleges as he would like.
    • You do not have to decide until May 1st.
  • Single Choice Early Action
    • Used by only a few highly selective schools.  You can only apply to one college early, but the decision is not binding.
  • Regular Decision
    • This is the most common admission process. Decisions are made in response to applications submitted at a regular deadline.