It’s fall semester and all of a sudden, everyone around you is talking about college app deadlines… and you hear a lot of conflicting answers. It’s totally okay to be confused! Don’t let that confusion stop you from asking questions.
Looking for some clear answers? You don’t have to slog through pages of Google search results to get a semi-unsure timeline. Check out our list, below.
Here’s a list of all the college app deadlines that you should definitely know about. There may be others that apply to your particular situation, so the best resource (that will remain up-to-date from year to year) will be the college’s individual websites. But here is a handy guide to give you a head-start on your planning!
College Apps deadlines
|Early Decision and Early Action||Between November 1st – 15th|
|Exception: University of California||November 30th|
|Regular Decision||Between January 1st – February 1st|
|Rolling Admissions||Any time (between the cutoff windows listed on application)|
|Grad School||Between October 1st – December 1st|
Financial Aid deadlines
By June 30th of the year you enroll in school
|CSS||Between January 1st – March 31st|
|Individual Scholarships & Grants||Any time depending on the contest rules|
|On-campus||Check your school’s Student Services page|
|Off-campus||Any time you are willing to start paying rent at a location|
For freshman, after Rush Week; for older, ask your “Big”!
|Meal plan||Check your school’s Student Services page|
Other college apps deadlines to note
|Athletics Recruitment||As soon as freshman year of high school|
|Statement of Intent to Register||May 1st|
|Waitlists||This one is tricky. Know your waitlisting school’s rules, and check your email as often as possible|
So now that you have this information in-hand, what are you going to do about it? I’d recommend making yourself a calendar that has all the deadlines that are relevant to your plan of action.
I know that I’m a procrastinator, so I wanted to combat that when senior year came around. When I was applying, I made myself a calendar with real due dates and fake due dates to keep myself on track. That meant that even if I missed the first “warning,” I would get a second chance: the real deadline. That strategy helped me get everything turned in on time.
Here are some other tips that might help you:
- Set reminders on your phone for when you need to take care of smaller tasks.
- Create calendar events on your Google or phone calendar for important due dates that are farther out in the future.
- Work with an “accountability buddy,” a friend or family member who can check in with you–and vice versa–to confirm if you are meeting deadlines you set for yourself.
- Follow a few important accounts on social media so you will know right away if deadlines change.
- Sign up for a college newsletter to stay up-to-date on approaching due dates.
- Keep in touch with Empowerly!
If you need some help setting yourself up, you can always book a consult to talk to one of our team. We can match you to a professional counselor to ensure nothing will slip through the cracks.