Types of College Applications

  • Early Decision - Students may apply to one school using Early Decision (ED). ED is a binding agreement. If a student is admitted, the student needs to withdraw any other applications and is obligated to enroll in that college. ED applications are typically due in November, and students often receive an admissions decision by the end of December. Students who apply ED and are not accepted may be considered again with the regular admission pool - though not all schools will consider the applicant again. Students considering ED should carefully research the option and speak with their parents, Counselor, and the Admissions Office. Students should ask about the school's policies with regard to financial aid packages.

    Ask your Counselor for an Early Decision Agreement Form

    Early Action - Early Action requires that students apply earlier than regular admissions, usually with a deadline in November or December. However, students generally receive an admissions decision earlier. Students can apply to more than one school under Early Action, and are not bound to attend a school to which they were admitted under Early Action. 

    Regular Decision - Students apply to a college by a deadline, usually sometime between December and February. Applications are reviewed after the deadline and applicants are informed of admissions decisions usually between February and April. Students typically have until May 1st to make a decision about where to attend. 

    Rolling Admissions - There is not a formal deadline in Rolling Admissions. Schools review a student's application once it is completed and provide an admissions decision, usually within a month. Colleges fill their freshman class as they receive qualified applicants, making it beneficial for a student to apply earlier (first come-first served). 

    Open Admissions - Typically, community colleges have Open Admissions. This means that students with basic credentials, such as a high school diploma or GED/TASC, are eligible to enroll. Please note that some programs at community colleges are not Open Admissions, but are competitive. Some examples include nursing programs, veterinary technology, and engineering programs.