and universities may use one of the following types of admissions:
rolling admissions, regular admissions, early decision, early action,
and deferred admission. It is important as you begin planning your
calendar for the admissions process to know the type of admissions and
the dates for each application.
college using rolling admissions does not set a due date for
applications. Rather, the admissions office reviews an applicantís folder
once it is complete. If
the applicant meets the set criteria for admission, the student is
offered admission to the college.
It is advisable to apply early to schools that use a rolling
college using regular admissions sets a date by which all
applications must be filed. After
consideration is given to all the applications, decisions are mailed
to the applicants.
Many colleges offer an early decision plan as a means of
attracting top-notch students. A
student applying for early decision should have three qualifications:
If a student is
accepted under an early decision plan, the student is committed to
attend. The early
decision plans of colleges vary in their regulations.
If considering this type of admission, review the conditions
Students receive a decision earlier than the standard response
date but are not required to enroll or make a deposit prior to May 1.
Students are permitted to postpone enrollment, usually for one
year, after acceptance to the college.