There are a number of different college application admissions options that a student can select when applying to various schools. A student should review the different options that each school offers, so that they can determine which options work best for their plan for applying to different schools. When used strategically, these admissions options can help a student narrow down their list of potential colleges. The following will provide an overview on these options.
Depending on the type of college or university, different schools offer a variety of college admissions options.
This is the most common option for four year colleges and universities. All students must submit their applications by a specific date, usually between November and January. The college’s admissions board then reviews all the applications and sends out acceptance or rejection letters in March/April to the prospective students.
Typically for large state universities, these schools provide rolling admissions allowing students to apply at any time during the enrollment period (September through July). The school then evaluates each college application as it’s received and sends acceptance letters to students who meet their requirements. Since admission is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, a student will want to submit their application as early as possible.
Most community/city colleges and online schools offer this type of enrollment. Open admission means that nearly all high school graduates are admitted, provided they have a diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. In addition, depending on the school, the enrollment period can be anytime during the school year.
If a student has one or two schools that are their absolute dream colleges, they should consider one of the early admissions options. Remember, each school is different and not all colleges offer these early admissions options. In addition, a student needs to make sure they don’t lock themselves in to a particular school and then change their mind at a later date.
With this admissions program, a student agrees to attend this school if accepted. If a student receives an acceptance letter, they must withdraw any other applications to other schools. Since this option is binding, a student needs to be sure about their choice and realistic about their application.
Unlike early decision, a student can apply to several of their top-choice colleges with early action applications. What is important is that a student is not bound to attend if accepted. A student can accept an offer as soon as they receive it or wait to make their final selection in the spring after they’ve found out where else they have been accepted.
Selecting this choice means a student can apply early to find out whether their chances for acceptance at a particular college are good, fair or poor. Their application usually needs to be submitted by November, and they’ll be sent a determination by December or January.
A student selecting deferred admissions means that they have been accepted to a particular college or university but want to defer their enrollment for a year or semester. Typically, these students are considering taking a Gap Year or Gap Semester. These students sometimes need more time to obtain financial aid and scholarships, or want to travel abroad, or work and explore possible careers through internships.
We hope that the above information has given you a good starting point on understanding the many different types of college application admissions options that are available. We at The Stedge Group work with families all the time to develop a Strategic Plan for College so that a student can attend their Dream School
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