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3 Benefits of Rolling Admission

Rob Franek
Written by Rob Franek | Oct. 24, 2019
3 Benefits of Rolling Admission

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There are a lot of factors you'll have to pay attention to while you're crafting your list of dream, target, and safety schools. Those can include the availability of financial aid, the location of the school, and what programs the school has to offer. But one of the most important is the application deadline.

Rolling Admission Can Remove Some Stress

First, let's talk about speeding up your application process. The rolling admission process is pretty fast! The earlier you get your application in, the earlier you'll have your answer. Sometimes that means hearing back within as little as two months. With an abridged timeline like that, think about how much of a burden would be taken off your shoulders if you were able to start senior year with a college acceptance already in your hands!

Rolling Admission Lets You Maintain Some Flexibility

Second, rolling admission can accommodate both early and late submissions. On the early side, it has the advantage of not being binding (as opposed to Early Decision), you don't have to worry about committing to that college should you be accepted. You'll have until the school's deadline to decide whether to attend. On the later side, schools with rolling admission also typically have lengthier admission windows. That means, if you choose to apply to these schools later, you'll often still have time to do so after other school's regular deadlines have passed you by should you need to.

Rolling Admission Can Give You A Head Start

Third, rolling admission can give you a leg up on your peers who may be applying to the same school. The earlier you apply to a school with rolling admission, the less direct competition you'll face. The school will consider your application before any they may receive after yours. If you submit your application close to the beginning of the admission window, the school will still have its entire incoming class to fill.

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Rob Franek

Rob Franek

College Admissions and Test Prep Expert

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