When Are College Applications Due? College App Deadlines Coming Up!

[fa icon="calendar"] 10/19/20 3:20 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Madeleine Karydes

It's fall semester and all of a sudden, everyone around you is talking about college application 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.


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Here's a list of all the college application 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 Applications


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



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
Greek Housing

For freshman, after Rush Week; for older, ask your Big

Meal plan Check your school's Student Services page


Other Dates 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.


If you need some help setting that 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. 


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Topics: College Applications, Study Tips & Stress Management, Admission deadlines/timeline

Madeleine Karydes

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