Early Decision: The Early Decision option allows students to apply early to their first choice college. Early Decision deadlines range from mid-October to early January. Mid-November is a typical deadline, with a mid-December notification of acceptance, denial or deferral. Early decision plans are binding. You commit to attending that school if you are accepted and to withdrawing all other applications. Financial aid applicants will receive a tentative financial aid package at the time of acceptance. If the financial aid is not what you expected, you might be forced to refuse the offer of admission.
Early Action: This option, like Early Decision, allows for an early application and admission decision, but without the commitment to attend. You may apply to other schools and you will receive your financial aid package in the spring with the rest of the applicants.
Regular Admission: Regular admission requires that students send in their application by a deadline set by the college. Each school's deadline is different, usually beginning in early January. You should be able to find the school's admission deadline in the catalog, on the website, or by calling the admission office.
Rolling Admission: Rolling Admission means that the school has no admission deadline. Admission decisions are made on a first-come first-served basis. Usually, the college notifies students within four to six weeks after the application is complete.