When Are College Applications Actually Due?
HELP!! I'm applying to Syracuse University Early Decision. The due date for the app is November 15. I'm not sure, does that mean I have to email in the application before midnight on November 14 or before midnight on November 15?
Please let me know as soon as possible! Thank you very much!!
Your application must be submitted electronically before midnight on the 15th. Most colleges will use your local time (and not the time in Syracuse, NY, for instance) if you live in a different time zone.
Unless otherwise stated, electronic applications are due by 11:59 pm on the actual deadline day (not midnight of the same day).
I've heard stories of colleges looking the other way if an application is a day–or even sometimes several days–late. But I always urge students to adhere to published deadlines.
Even waiting until the last minute to submit electronic applications can be dicey since systems have been known to jam during peak-traffic periods. While admission folks usually hear about such jams and are forgiving, it can be stressful to candidates and their parents (and grandparents!) when it happens. Aim to submit your application at least 24 hours before the deadline, if possible, to avoid the stress and hassle of a technology glitch.
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