Rolling admissions give applicants a large window in which to apply to colleges, but your chances of being accepted are at their highest if you apply as early as possible. Here's what you need to know about rolling admissions.
Colleges that use rolling admission review applications as they come in during a window of usually six months of longer. Some colleges have a deadline for rolling admissions, but most keep accepting applicants until all available spots for that admission cycle are filled. You can typically expect to hear the status of your application within four to eight weeks, or even sooner. Take a look at the chart above to see how it compares to other application options on average.
Just as with other application options, there are pros and cons to consider with rolling admission. Weigh these factors and consider your specific situation to come up with a strategy.
A final reminder: Not all colleges treat rolling admissions in the same fashion. You should definitely keep our suggestions in mind, but always be sure to check with every school to which you're applying and confirm their process. If you're strategic about it, rolling admission can work to your advantage. For more on the college application process, check out our book, College Admission 101, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for weekly content to help answer all of your admissions questions.
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