YOUR TIMELINE FOR APPLYING
When are the application deadlines?
There are two application cycles in US university admissions — Early Action or Early Decision, and Regular Decision. To learn more about the difference between Early Action and Early Decision, please click here.
Early Action / Early Decision
Most Early Action/ Early Decision deadlines fall on November 1st of the year that you are applying in.
The Regular Decision deadline for most universities is the first week of January in the year that you will be enrolling in.
A notable exception is the University of California system, which does not accept Early applications, but has a deadline of November 30th.
Is there any benefit to applying early?
Applying early indicates to schools that they are your top choice. The most recent statistics show that there is a distinct benefit to applying early – in some cases, close to 50% of the cohort was filled by early applicants.
ACCEPTANCE RATE||EARLY DECISION
ACCEPTANCE RATE||% OF CLASS FILLED
BY EARLY APPLICATIONS|
|University of Pennslyvania||6.5%||18.5%||53.7%|