Types Deadlines/ Test Submission
- Regular Decision/ Admission: Non-binding decision. Although deadlines vary, most colleges set theit deadline on January 1st. Depending on the number of applications that the institution receives, they may reach out to you as soon as March. However, you do not have to commit until May 1.
- Rolling Admissions: Non-binding decision Admissions officers will review the application as soon as the file is complete. Students are notified within two to six weeks, depending on the number of applications the institution had received. Although there are no concrete deadline for rolling admission, students are recommended to apply as early as possible before seats have been filled to its capacity.
- Early Decision: Deadline November 1st. Binding, students applying as early decision must attend the institution. If you are accepted to a college through Early Decision, you must withdrawl all other applications. You will receive an admissions decision usually by December & send a non refundable deposit well in advance of May 1st.
- Early Action: Deadline November 1st . Non-Binding, you'll receive an admission decision by January/February. Give to college a decision no later that May 1st.
- Deferred Application: If you apply as either Early Decision or Early action, your application may be submitted to the pool of regular decision applications. You do not need to reapply for the college again. However, you can send additional credentials such as new SAT/ACT scores, updated report card, etc. If you're denied admission, through either option, you may not apply again to that college in that year.
‘Test Optional’ means it is not mandatory for students to submit their SAT or ACT scores as part of their application. For colleges that have a test optional admissions policy, the applicant’s high school academic record is the most important assessment criteria. Next in importance are the applicant’s personal essay, recommendation letters, extracurricular activities, and the personal interview. A test optional college may be a great choice for you if you prefer that colleges assess your application based on another important factor, like your high school grades or accomplishments.
Colleges that have a ‘Test-Flexible’ admissions policy allow applicants to submit various standardized test scores to support their application. Every college has its own list of scores that they will accept. Some may accept International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement exam scores. While others may accept the scores of the ACT Assessment Test or the SAT Reasoning Test. You must find out the details from each school so you know which test scores you are required to submit.
‘Test Blind’ means students are not required to submit any standardized test scores. There are several variations of this admissions policy. Some colleges may exempt applicants who have scored above a certain grade point average. While others may leave it up to the student to decide whether or not they want to submit their scores.
If you are unclear about a school’s admission policy, make sure you call and clarify so you know whether or not you are required to submit your test scores.