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is it better to turn in college applications earlier rather than by the deadline?

Topic: Admissions | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Yes, it is definitely better to apply earlier rather than later. Also, be sure to check the Financial Aid/scholarship deadlines because these can be earlier than the application deadline.

Answered by: Katie S. | almost 3 years ago
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You will want to get your college applications in as soon as possible. Some colleges offer early admissions and you wouldn't want to miss out on those opportunities. The waiting list for many colleges are often long and the longer you wait, the lower your name will be on that list. If you are looking to get into college in the fall after you graduate high school, you might want to submit your application at the beginning of your senior year. The college can always get your final grades later.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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It is in your best interest to turn in your college application earlier than the stated deadline. The early bird really does get the worm in this case. For example, many students who have merely passable grades can be more easily accepted if they apply early simply because they are first in line. You see, it doesn't make much difference if you have excellent grades and apply late because they just might not have any openings left. Another advantage to applying early is that once accepted you can enroll in your classes sooner. If you'd like to have a flexible time table to choose from for your schedule this is a must. Otherwise, you will be stuck having to take classes with professors you might not have preferred at times that might not be pleasing to you.

Answered by: Sue B. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, it is much better to turn in college applications earlier than the deadline. Applying early is a good way to get early acceptance. This will prevent any headaches in the long run as well. Applying early will help you better prepare yourself for college. Once you have applied early and have heard the results, you will be much more satisfied.

Answered by: Sunman A. | about 4 years ago
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Yes! It is always better to turn in your college applications as early as you can. It shows that you really want to go to the schools that you applied to. Also many schools work on rolling admission so the earlier you hand in your application the better your chances of getting in! It's important not to rush your applications though. Make sure to take your time and have all your letters of recommendation and your personal statement in order before you send them in.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | about 4 years ago
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Although it is not required, it is better in some cases to turn in college applications early. This shows the college that you are really interested in attending their institution. Also, it shows that you are organized and prepared. Sometimes colleges have early acceptance policies that will accept a certain amount of students who turn in their applications well before the regular admission deadline. It is always a good idea to turn in your application early so you can make sure that it is received on time, and does not get lost in the mail.

Answered by: Sarahsparks T. | about 4 years ago
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Yes. It is almost always better to turn in college applications earlier, the earlier the better. If you wait until the deadline you may forget, be distracted, or change your mind. Is there a point in waiting for the deadline? No, you may procrastinate or feel unmotivated and hurt your chances at getting into a better college. Remember, the earlier the better!

Answered by: Rae3604 J. | about 4 years ago
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Earlier is better. Remember, you're not the only student that is turning in an application. There are hundred, perhaps thousands of other applications thrown into the barrel with yours. To ensure that you have your answers when you need them, don't delay. Turn in applications as soon as you possibly can.

Answered by: Onlinecollegechick H. | about 4 years ago
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In general, yes. Many colleges work on a rolling admission system. Students may be offered a spot in the freshman class as soon as their applications are complete and have been evaluated. Even if a college doesn't do rolling admissions, it's definitely better to have everything in early. If you wait until the deadline, you may not have the time to proofread and polish your application properly.

Answered by: Kissaguard S. | about 4 years ago
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I think it is better to turn in your application earlier, if you want to gain admission and not having to risk delayed admission due to the large amount of applicants that wait to the deadline. If you apply for different colleges, you can get a better information as well more money for scholarships if you apply early then the last minute. You can also get more financial aid if you apply early as most money are given for people who applied early then at the last minute.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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Turning anything in early is always best. The sooner you turn your college applications in, the sooner the college will look at them and get back to you. The longer you wait, obviously the longer it will take for them to get back to you. As the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm.

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | about 4 years ago
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Turning in college applications earlier can often allow you to find out if you are accepted sooner. If this is important to you, I would recommend turning in your application early. If it's not, go ahead and aim for the deadline.

Answered by: Iamerica N. | about 4 years ago
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You really should, because you will get your acceptance notifications sooner. The longer you wait to submit the longer it takes before you get the results back from colleges. In college being early and not procratinating is a huge benefit.

Answered by: Jon H. | about 4 years ago
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It is definitely best not to wait until the last minute to turn in your college app. If you are not trying early decision, then you don't need to get your app in ASAP, but if you have it in a good month or so before then thats good. that will give you time to get in all the papers that you need and also be able to fix the application if there are errors. if you wait till the last minute then that will show people that you are not that organized.

Answered by: Mzsincere W. | about 4 years ago
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There is no advantage in turning your college application early. Unless you are applying for early decision! Just make sure you get it in before the deadline!

Answered by: Apple Tarte X. | about 4 years ago
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It is always better to turn in college applications earlier. Applications take a long time. It is better to turn applications in early than wait till deadline is nearing. Also, if your apply early you have better chances of getting scholarships or financial help.

Answered by: Gagel A. | about 4 years ago
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Turning in an application early is often beneficial for yourself, as it will allow you to remember to get all of your documents submitted. This will also avoid the potential of missing the deadline in the future. By submitting your application earlier than later, you'll likely get a decision back quicker than other students as well.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | about 4 years ago
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It is always better to turn college applications in earlier instead of by the deadline. One reason is because you have more time to work on it and you don't have to worry about it not being done in time. Another is that many students wait till the deadline to turn their applications in and it overloads the system, leading to hardly any actually being accepted into the system. Lastly, by turning it in early, you can correct any mistakes on it before the deadline.

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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Earlier is always better. For one thing, if you are eligible for any scholarship money, you will have a better chance of getting one of these by applying early. Also, early application gives you time should you overlook something the admissions office needs. If there is a mistake or omission in your application, you have time to make the correction. Those who wait until the last minute may risk not having a complete and accurate application in on time. And, should you not be admitted to your first choice school, you will have plenty of time to make other plans rather than having to wait a full semester.

Answered by: Jane Sparks U. | about 4 years ago
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Yes! Most colleges have rolling admissions, which means they continue to accept throughout the whole year. They eventually will run out of spots and they are more likely to accept you the earlier you turn it in. It is also better because if you forget to turn in part of it, like an essay or reference, you will still have time to get that in.

Answered by: Allgrw P. | about 4 years ago
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If the school is rolling admissions, it may well be better. At rolling admissions schools, when you get a decision is closely tied to when you turn in the application. At other schools, it may not really matter all that much. If a school has a deadline of January 15th, for instance, they may not let anyone know of a decision until March, even if they turned in the application in November.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | about 4 years ago
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It is always better to hand the apps in early. this will allow for error time. if you forgot something or made a mistake the more time you have to fix it the better. earlier is also better with rolling decision schools.

Answered by: Deep G. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, it is always a better choice to turn in applications early. That gives you a much better chance to be accepted. The process admissions take is accepting early applicants with more ease. Once the deadline approaches, they hand pick the absolute best applicants.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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It is better to turn in college applications earlier, as you can have first appointments available with admissions which you can make a good impression. They will also make it before the deadline they will process your application in the order in which it received so you will have a better chance of getting in.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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Definitely turn in your application before the deadline date or else it will not be accepted. The earlier you turn it in, the better. Admissions officers may start to review those who submitted earlier but it does not affect your chances of gaining admission because of the time you submitted your application.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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It is better to turn in applications earlier rather than later. Some colleges start accepting applicants before the deadline. It's better to get it in just in case that is the issue with the school you are applying to.

Answered by: Phillies U. | about 4 years ago
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Always turn in applications before the deadline. If you wait to the deadline, you risk them not arriving by the deadline. If they are late, you have wasted your time and application fee. Applications that arrive earlier are also considered for financial aid first.

Answered by: Tbw R. | about 4 years ago
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Always! The schools will see that you are proactive and have a genuine interest in attending them! You will also have time to apply to more schools, if your first few choices do not work out.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Yes. Many schools will grant advance acceptance to a certain number of early applications. You could receive your acceptance before many more-qualified students even apply. You also have less chance of all the available slots being full.

Answered by: Owlgrad1998 I. | about 4 years ago
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If you find a college that you're sure is right for you, consider applying early. Early decision and early action plans allow you to apply early (usually in November) and get an admissions decision from the college well in advance of the usual spring notification date. You___ll know by December or January whether you've been accepted at your first-choice college. Sometimes, students who apply under these plans have a better chance of acceptance than they would through the regular admissions process. These plans are also good for colleges, because they get students who really want to go to the school to commit early in the process.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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It is always better to hand the apps in early. this will allow for error time. if you forgot something or made a mistake the more time you have to fix it the better. earlier is also better with rolling decision schools.

Answered by: Deep G. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, it is always a better choice to turn in applications early. That gives you a much better chance to be accepted. The process admissions take is accepting early applicants with more ease. Once the deadline approaches, they hand pick the absolute best applicants.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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It is better to turn in college applications earlier, as you can have first appointments available with admissions which you can make a good impression. They will also make it before the deadline they will process your application in the order in which it received so you will have a better chance of getting in.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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Definitely turn in your application before the deadline date or else it will not be accepted. The earlier you turn it in, the better. Admissions officers may start to review those who submitted earlier but it does not affect your chances of gaining admission because of the time you submitted your application.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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It is better to turn in applications earlier rather than later. Some colleges start accepting applicants before the deadline. It's better to get it in just in case that is the issue with the school you are applying to.

Answered by: Phillies U. | about 4 years ago
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Always turn in applications before the deadline. If you wait to the deadline, you risk them not arriving by the deadline. If they are late, you have wasted your time and application fee. Applications that arrive earlier are also considered for financial aid first.

Answered by: Tbw R. | about 4 years ago
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Always! The schools will see that you are proactive and have a genuine interest in attending them! You will also have time to apply to more schools, if your first few choices do not work out.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Yes. Many schools will grant advance acceptance to a certain number of early applications. You could receive your acceptance before many more-qualified students even apply. You also have less chance of all the available slots being full.

Answered by: Owlgrad1998 I. | about 4 years ago
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If you find a college that you're sure is right for you, consider applying early. Early decision and early action plans allow you to apply early (usually in November) and get an admissions decision from the college well in advance of the usual spring notification date. You___ll know by December or January whether you've been accepted at your first-choice college. Sometimes, students who apply under these plans have a better chance of acceptance than they would through the regular admissions process. These plans are also good for colleges, because they get students who really want to go to the school to commit early in the process.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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It is always better to be early. They often select people before the deadline has even hit. When you are early it shows that you care for the institution and that you want to be a student there.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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It is preferable to turn in college applications early on rather than to wait until the last minute. First of all, an early application will most likely get a more in depth review than an application turned in by the deadline. Furthermore, an early application speaks of your commitment to the school, organizational skills, and shows you are responsible. Finally, in many cases and for many schools, first come first serve is a decision making tool. If only so many students will be admitted this year then timeliness among other factors might be taken into consideration when sending out acceptance letters.

Answered by: Zooey J. | about 4 years ago
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Definitely! College applications are one of the things you do not want to turn by the deadline. Often times, colleges will review applications by batches, so if you turn yours in the winter, you can get an answer back sooner than if you waited until the spring, when the bulk of applications are turned in. You may have trouble getting housing etc, if you wait too long simply because others that got accepted earlier than you have gotten the best or choice arrangements, meal plans etc.

Answered by: Ecupirates08 R. | about 4 years ago
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More often than not, early is better.

Answered by: Ladymae123 I. | about 4 years ago
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