Knowing when the deadlines are to turn in your college application is one of the most important answers you need to know. A late application can really hurt your chances of being admitted. Make sure to learn the deadlines to avoid last minute stress on you and your supporters. Every college has its own application deadlines, but they all fall around the same time. Here’s a brief guide to understanding when you should have your college applications in the mail or completed online.
Early College Application Deadlines
Early applicants (i.e. early action, early decision or single choice early action) generally need to get their applications in by either November 1 or November 15. Students who are not accepted early are still considered for admission with the regular admission pool.
The difference between early action and early decision deadlines is that early decision applications are binding, meaning you’re committed to attending your early decision school if you’re accepted. Early action is non-binding, meaning you are free to apply to other colleges. Also, with early action, you do not need to make a decision until the usual May 1 deadline so you can evaluate financial aid packages.
If accepted early at a college, the spring of your senior year will be far less stressful, but you need to weigh the pros and cons and plan early. Because colleges like accepting students whom they know will attend, an early decision process can work for both the school and the applicants.
Regular College Application Deadlines
The deadline for regular decision applications is normally between January 1 and February 1, depending on the college. Remember to get the bulk of your essays done and confirm who will write your recommendations in November, so you won’t have a lot of last-minute work to do during the holiday season.
Schools with rolling admission policies are schools that look at applications as they come in, until all spaces in the class have been filled. They usually have deadlines as late as May 1. Some may continue to accept applications even later, depending on how many open slots remain. However, rolling admission schools recommend that you get your application in by March 1 or earlier to have the best chance of being accepted.
The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 456 member colleges and universities in the United States and various other countries. Once completed online or in print copies of the application for admission can be sent to any number of participating colleges. This allows you to spend less time on the busywork of applying for admission. Each college still has different deadlines so make sure you check the website for exact dates.
Deadlines for UH Hawai‘i Campuses
For those applying to the University of Hawai‘i, there is one application to complete, however, applications are submitted and processed by each individual campus. Below are the application deadlines for the various campuses (note: these are for 2012-2013 so you will need to check back for next year’s dates).
Fall Semester 2012 Priority Deadlines
UH Manoa: January 5 (final deadline May 1)
UH West Oahu: March 1 (final deadline is August 1)
UH Hilo: March 1 (final deadline July 1)
Fall Semester 2012 Deadlines
Hawai‘i Community College: August 1
Honolulu Community College: August 1
Kapi‘olani Community College: July 15
Kaua‘i Community College: August 1
Leeward Community College: July 15
UH Maui College: August 1
Windward Community College: August 1