Admission Options

  • Early Action (non-binding) - students apply early and receive a decision well in advance of the school's regular response date
  • Restrictive Early Action (non-binding) - students apply to an institution of preference and receive a decision early. They may be restricted from applying Early Action, Early Decision or Restrictive Early Action to other institutions. If admitted, students have until May 1st to confirm.
  • Early Decision (binding!) - students make a commitment to a first-choice school where, if admitted, they will definitely enroll. Early decision deadlines occur very early in a student's senior year.
  • Regular Decision (non-binding) - submit an application by a specified date and receive a decision in a clearly stated period of time.
  • Rolling Admission (non-binding) - schools review applications as they are submitted and render decisions throughout the admission cycle
  • Open Admission - many non-selective and non-competitive schools have an open admission policy in which the only criterion for admission is either a high school diploma or GED. Many community colleges and junior colleges have open admission policies.
  • Binding/Non-Binding - binding means that if admitted, a student must definitely enroll. Early decision is binding.
  • Delayed Admission - Newer practice in which a college admits a student for the second term or even a future year, often with the requirement that the student enroll elsewhere and earn satisfactory grades for the first term or first year.
  • Deferred Admission - A student may be deferred from the first round of admissions, but will be considered for subsequent rounds. No guarantee of admission.
  • Waitlisted Admission - student may be admitted if space becomes available. Waitlists occur late in the admission season and can sometimes carry into the freshman year of college. Institutions with low admit rates rarely have waitlists because the demand for those schools is high, leading to high enrollment rates for accepted students.
  • Accepting/rejecting offers - it is the student's responsibility to accept and reject admission offers in a timely and professional manner. If, after accepting an offer at one school, you are admitted to a more attractive school, you may not rescind your commitment to attend the first school in favor of the second school; it is unethical and bad professional practice. Honor your commitments and maintain integrity throughout the college admission process.
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