It’s mid-way through December, which means January applications are just a couple of weeks away. See below for a list of many excellent colleges that have their applications due on New Year’s Day – Happy 2016! Furthermore, some colleges have January 1st Early Decision II deadlines, while others have January 1st Early Action II deadlines. And there’s more! January 1st also marks the first day that the 2016-2017 FAFSA is available – click here to learn more! In short, in the world of college admissions, and for all those in the midst of completing college applications, the time leading up to January 1st may feel frantic and overwhelming.
Still, this need not be the case. Rather than spending your New Year’s Eve in a panic as you rush to meet deadlines, resolve to have submitted your applications well in advance – you can then celebrate in good spirits! As ever, if you need any guidance or support along the way, we’re here to help. Admitster’s experts can provide you with excellent admissions advising services and/or help you to boost your chances of admission by suggesting improvements to your college essays.
If you need a bit more motivation, picture this: A year from now, you may very well be finishing up your final exams after your first semester at a top-choice school. Applying is the first (and crucial) step to that happy 2016 New Year’s Eve! Better yet, take advantage of our “Gift of College Advising” holiday promotion!
Here’s a list of 50 colleges and universities with January 1st Deadlines:
An earlier post touched on the fact that those of you who applied to your top-choice schools using either the Early Decision or Early Action options will soon be hearing back from those schools as to whether or not you’ve been accepted. We at Team Admitster have our respective fingers crossed for you – may you hear good news! Many others, however, are still in the thick of the college admissions process, and it’s for you that I write this post. Specifically, I want to tell you a bit about the lesser-known phenomena of the Early Decision II and Early Action II admissions options.
A number of colleges and universities (see the table, below) offer prospective students a second chance to apply prior to regular admissions deadlines. Early Decision II is no different than Early Decision I, in terms of the student applying to only one college and it being a binding commitment should the school accept him/her. The main difference is that students who applied using ED I learn in December whether they’ve been accepted, and with ED II they hear admissions decisions before the spring, usually in February. For all of the reasons listed in this earlier post on the topic, however, think carefully before applying to a school using the Early Decision II option. Are you ready to commit to enrolling at a particular school if they accept you? Are you in a position where you don’t need to compare different financial aid packages from various schools? In terms of increasing your odds of admission, do you feel that you’ve reached the height of your high school career? If so, then you should definitely consider applying to your top-choice school via Early Decision II.
Likewise, Early Action II is very similar to Early Action I – the main difference is the timing in terms of when you can expect to hear a response from the various schools to which you’ve applied. Using Early Action I or II, a student may apply to more than one school and, unlike Early Decision I or II, it is not binding, should you be accepted. If you have schools on your college list that you think would be excellent choices for you (in terms of academic, physical, financial, and social/cultural fit), and assuming that you’re organized and ready to submit your applications, applying to schools using the Early Action II option could be a great strategy!
You’ll find below a list of colleges and universities with Early Decision II and/or Early Action II deadlines. I hope that this information will be useful to you as you continue to navigate the choppy college admissions waters! Note that schools are listed alphabetically and by state. In the case where a state is missing (e.g. Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, and New Hampshire), this indicates that no schools in that state utilize Early Decision II or Early Action II in their admissions processes.
*At Lafayette College, the Early Decision II deadline is January 15th but there is also a February 1st deadline for converting a Regular Decision application into an Early Decision II application. Read more about it here.