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Types of Applications

The college you are applying to will determine which application you will use. We strongly suggest you go to the website of the college you are interested in to find out.

Admissions & Application Requirements


What is required for my college application?

Check the school's website! Every college has an admissions website that outlines each required step and document. 

Items that may be required: 

  • Application
  • Transcript (initial, midyear, final)
  • Essays, Personal Statement, or Personal Insight Questions (PIQs)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Supplemental Documents, Auditions, Portfolios, or Interviews

College Admission Options

1. Regular Decision - This is the most common type of deadline that applies to most applications. Typically colleges send the acceptance letters sometime in March. When applying through regular decision, there is no limit to the number of schools you can apply to.  If more than one college accepts you, you can choose which one you want to go to. You are under no obligation to enroll in any one particular college

2. Early Decision -  This allows students to apply early. The school reviews these applications early and students also receive an early response from the college. This is a great option for applicants who have their heart set on one particular college. However, if a college is not first on your list or if you have any hesitation whatsoever, it is not advisable to apply as an early decision. When you apply through an early decision deadline and a college accepts you, this is a binding agreement. The college contractually obligates you to attend.  You can only apply to 1 college Early Decision.

3. Early Action - Deadlines also allow you to send in your college application early, but unlike early decision deadlines, it is not binding. You may apply to multiple colleges under early application. Thus, expect an early response from all colleges that you apply to. 

4. Priority - If you apply before this deadline, you have a higher chance of getting admitted and/or receiving a scholarship to that university. Many state and/or public universities use priority deadlines to encourage early applications.

5. Rolling Admissions - The deadline is the same as the regular decision deadline. The only difference is that colleges that offer rolling admissions do not wait until after the deadline to send out acceptance letters. They start evaluating the applications as they come in and send out letters as soon as they’ve made a decision.