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When should I apply for college?

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

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For a high school senior planning on attending college the following fall, you should apply to college no later than November. Almost all 4 year institutions have a November date that you need to have your application in by. My high school counselor told the seniors "no turkey till you complete those applications", meaning that you should have your applications done by Thanksgiving.

Answered by: Advizor T. | about 4 years ago
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You should start to apply for college fall of your senior year of high school. Be sure you have taken your SAT and any SAT II's that are necessary for the schools to which you're applying. Also, if you decide to apply early action, you will need to apply very early in your senior year.

Answered by: Drs J. | about 4 years ago
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The application process can be a lengthy one so you want to give yourself enough time so it is not rushed. The majority of schools use your transcripts up through your junior year, so it is okay to start deciding which schools you want to apply to during the end of your junior year. Once you start your senior year, you want to already have all the application packets from the colleges you are interested in. Once you have this, organize them by the dates they are due and get them sent in as soon as you possibly can.

Answered by: Ms. Jenkins Z. | about 4 years ago
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Typically the time to start applying to colleges is in your senior year of high school. Although it's never too late to begin your college education.

Answered by: Ladymae123 I. | about 4 years ago
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You want to begin applying for colleges sometime during your senior year, preferably during the first semester. Don't worry about having all of your classes show up on your transcript. The colleges you apply to can get that information later on. Just put the classes that you are currently in so that they know what you will have completed by the time you enroll. If you are going to try for any financial aid, whether it be grants or scholarships, you also want to apply for those early. The free application for student aid forms (FAFSA) come out in January each year and you will want to go ahead and get that in early so that your awards, if you receive any, will be ready for you by the time you are supposed to begin classes.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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You should apply to colleges the summer before your senior year or the fall of your senior year. The longer you wait, the less chance you have to get into the college and receive financial aid. You should try to get your application in before the college's early admission deadline. Many colleges have this deadline as a deadline for being eligible for merit scholarships and other awards.

Answered by: Bluejay K. | about 4 years ago
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You do not want to apply until you have started your senior year. Prior to that, you will want to research the various colleges you want to attend and tour the ones that you are able to. By the time you start your senior year, you should have the application packets for all the colleges you are interested in.

Answered by: Jenny P P. | about 4 years ago
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Start working on applications in the fall of the year before you want to attend. Most schools have deadlines in the late fall or early winter. By starting early, you give yourself enough time to deal with things that go wrong.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | about 4 years ago
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For a fall semester which starts in spetember it is best to apply around february, the earlier the better. Always remember that there are other students trying to get into the same school which only has a certain amount of seats they can give out. So get ahead of the crown and submit the application early

Answered by: Jon H. | about 4 years ago
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You should apply when you feel you are ready. I would apply only to a few schools of your choice. Just because you apply does not mean you will get it. Make sure you make a list of places you would like to attend and the reasons you choose those places. Also I say the best time to start is when you know you are ready to commit to doing it!

Answered by: Momtrying2makeit Z. | about 4 years ago
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You should start applying for colleges as soon as you complete your SAT or ACT tests. You should schedule these as early as possible in case you want to retake the test for a higher score. Towards the middle to end of your junior year high school is an apt time. Remember, it is paramount to not procrastinate when applying to colleges so you won't be put on a waiting list.

Answered by: Jimm 43 I. | about 4 years ago
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In short, as soon as possible. Remember that many universities and colleges have deadlines for admissions which are most often in the early spring before the fall semester/quarter (eg. Jan/Feb 2010 for the fall of 2010). Some colleges offer rolling enrollment, but make sure to check with the particular college first so you understand their policies. Often, applying for a school is more than submitting your name and contact info. Most schools have an application fee (often $10-$50), and require an essay, school transcripts, references, and recommendations. Once you have your schools picked out, contact their admissions offices and get a checklist. It may take weeks to gather the info needed for your packet. Don't procrastinate! As soon as you have picked out your schools, contact them and get the ball rolling. It's better to be early than too late.

Answered by: Ker239 C. | about 4 years ago
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You should fill out applications your senior year. It's never too early to prepare though so you should do your research of colleges to apply to during your junior year. The applications are usually due by middle of your senior year. It's important to know all the deadlines and turn everything in at the deadline. Don't forget to ask your professors early senior year to write you recommendations!

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | about 4 years ago
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Most kids will do it during their senior year. Some might even start sooner. Remember that too early is better than too lat. Don't wait until everybody else in your school send out their applications. Try and beat them to the punch and be a little earlier.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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Start applying in your junior year and aim to have all of your applications completed before your senior year starts. Senior year can get a bit stressful towards the end, so it's nice to know that you've already been accepted and that you don't have to worry about applications and essays- you can just chill out!

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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You should apply for college during the fall of your senior year. You should being thinking about schools and take the SAT in the spring of your junior year. You will have to decide where you are going by the late winter/ early spring of your senior year.

Answered by: Animal A. | about 4 years ago
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This really depends on the college that you want to attend. Some colleges will accept students as far as a year in advance. Other schools will accept students as little as a month before classes start. It is important to research your school to see when they will start accepting applications. You want to apply as early as possible.

Answered by: Rebeccp H. | about 4 years ago
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You should start thinking about the colleges you'd like to apply for during your junior year. This way, you'll have time to visit them and check them out personally. You can also prepare yourself to get a certain SAT or AP score so you'll have a better chance of gaining acceptance.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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Assuming you're in high school, you should be applying throughout your senior year. You should be taking your admissions exams as early as possible (so that you have time to retake them if you need to), and working on applications as early as possible. Many schools begin accepting applications in the fall before you graduate, and you want to get your admissions materials together as early as you can to make sure you're given full consideration at your top choice.

Answered by: Stan567 Z. | about 4 years ago
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Start applying in your junior year and aim to have all of your applications completed before your senior year starts. Senior year can get a bit stressful towards the end, so it's nice to know that you've already been accepted and that you don't have to worry about applications and essays- you can just chill out!

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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You should apply for college during the fall of your senior year. You should being thinking about schools and take the SAT in the spring of your junior year. You will have to decide where you are going by the late winter/ early spring of your senior year.

Answered by: Animal A. | about 4 years ago
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This really depends on the college that you want to attend. Some colleges will accept students as far as a year in advance. Other schools will accept students as little as a month before classes start. It is important to research your school to see when they will start accepting applications. You want to apply as early as possible.

Answered by: Rebeccp H. | about 4 years ago
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You should start thinking about the colleges you'd like to apply for during your junior year. This way, you'll have time to visit them and check them out personally. You can also prepare yourself to get a certain SAT or AP score so you'll have a better chance of gaining acceptance.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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Assuming you're in high school, you should be applying throughout your senior year. You should be taking your admissions exams as early as possible (so that you have time to retake them if you need to), and working on applications as early as possible. Many schools begin accepting applications in the fall before you graduate, and you want to get your admissions materials together as early as you can to make sure you're given full consideration at your top choice.

Answered by: Stan567 Z. | about 4 years ago
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You can apply for college , when their is an notification for the admissions of tenth completed candidates to join college. Student gets admission in the college which he prefer.

Answered by: Optional D. | about 4 years ago
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I've always found that the earlier you apply for college the better! I always do my FAFSA as soon as possible in January, and apply to college at the same time. The sooner you get your applications in, the more likely you will be accepted to the school. When you get everything in order, you won't be rushing around trying to apply at last minute, which will diminish chances of getting in for the Fall semester.

Answered by: Tonya S H. | about 4 years ago
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If you want to apply Early Decision/Early Action (you are accepted to college earlier, but you usually can't apply for financial aid), then due dates for applications are usually in November. If you want to apply Regular Decision, then the due dates usually fall in January. If the college has Rolling Admissions, apply as early as possible because this means the college accepts students as the applications come in (so if you submit an application late, you may end up not being accepted because there is no more availability from previous applicants). You can view the Common Application forms online, so if you want to get a head start, you can preview the form before it is released in August.

Answered by: Curiousgeorge G. | about 4 years ago
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EARLY! Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to polish your application and get everything you need in line. I began applying for college during August of my senior year of high school, which gave me plenty of time to organize. I had all my applications in before Thanksgiving, and I got to sit back and laugh while everyone else was scrambling at the last minute to turn theirs in. I also found out about my acceptance earlier because of my early application.

Answered by: Elleygirley B. | almost 4 years ago
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You should begin looking at schools and deciding where to apply over the summer between your junior and senior year of high school. Once you have found the schools you think you'd be interested in find out what when their various applications are do. Many schools use the Common App or other type of unified application system, but you may also have to fill out supplemental applications for each school. Decide if you want to apply Early Action or Early Decision to a school because if you do you will have to apply even earlier. Most applications are due in November or December.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | about 4 years ago
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You want to begin applying for colleges sometime during your senior year, preferably during the first semester. Don't worry about having all of your classes show up on your transcript. The colleges you apply to can get that information later on. Just put the classes that you are currently in so that they know what you will have completed by the time you enroll. If you are going to try for any financial aid, whether it be grants or scholarships, you also want to apply for those early. The free application for student aid forms (FAFSA) come out in January each year and you will want to go ahead and get that in early so that your awards, if you receive any, will be ready for you by the time you are supposed to begin classes.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Many teens begin applying for college when they are in their junior year of high school. Or, if you are not ready to apply at that time, you can at least tour a few campuses to get an idea of what schools you may like to go to. On average, teens have usually applied for college by February of their senior year. That way you can get your plans underway before graduating high school.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | about 4 years ago
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You want to begin applying for colleges sometime during your senior year, preferably during the first semester. Don't worry about having all of your classes show up on your transcript. The colleges you apply to can get that information later on. Just put the classes that you are currently in so that they know what you will have completed by the time you enroll. If you are going to try for any financial aid, whether it be grants or scholarships, you also want to apply for those early. The free application for student aid forms (FAFSA) come out in January each year and you will want to go ahead and get that in early so that your awards, if you receive any, will be ready for you by the time you are supposed to begin classes.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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You should start thinking about your college applications in the spring of your junior year. Definitely come up with a list of colleges that you would like to look at during that summer. Summer is also a good time to take campus tours when you have more free time, though there won't be many students on campus. You can also start collecting requirements for your applications for various schools during this time and start drafting your personal statement to alleviate the work you have to do during your senior year. Most regular decision applications are due in early january, so you'll take the fall to finish any components of your application to meet those deadlines.

Answered by: Cookiemonster K. | about 4 years ago
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You should apply for college during the summer before your senior year of high school. Later is OK but do NOT wait until after the Thanksgiving holiday. Your junior year should consist of a lot of research and campus visits so you have a wide selection when it comes time. The common application is ideal because most schools accept it and you can apply to many schools at once.

Answered by: Hossman90 P. | about 4 years ago
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