Admissions Plans

  1. Rolling Admissions - no specific deadline to apply. Colleges review these applications as they come in, and you usually receive a decision within 4 to 6 weeks. Since the number of openings falls over time, students should not delay applying.
  2. Early Action - EA (priority application) - a plan where you usually submit your application by November 1, November 15, or December 1. It is a nonbinding application, where you will receive an application decision in January or February, but you will not need to decide if you will attend until May 1. A student may be accepted, rejected, or deferred (reassessed later as part of the Regular Decision pool).
  3. Restrictive Early Action - REA (single choice early action) - a special kind of early action in which students may also be restricted from applying early (EA, REA, or ED) to other colleges. You typically receive an admissions decision in December or January.
  4. Early Decision - ED - a plan where you have decided to apply to one college which you believe is the right school, and, if accepted, you will attend it (binding). Deadlines are usually between November 1 and December 1. If you are accepted to your early decision school, you must immediately withdraw in writing from the other schools to which you applied, whether or not you have received a decision. You can only be released from your early decision agreement if your need for financial aid has not been met by the college and you would not be able to attend with the aid package you received.
  5. Regular Decision - a plan where students apply by a set deadline specified by each school. Many colleges have a regular decision deadlines by January 15th. You typically receive your decision in March or April and then you have until May 1st to inform colleges of your final selection and to send in a deposit.
  6. Open Admissions

Should You Apply Early?

Applying early has some benefits. For example, you may have a slightly better shot at getting in and you'll have your college plans settled earlier. On the other hand, applying early may give you less time to prepare your application and research your college options. In addition, Early Decision is binding and will prevent you from comparing your financial aid options, if applicable.

Admissions Requirements




Common Application Essay

Personal Statement (University of California)

Supplemental Essay

Short Answer



Extracurricular Activities



Demonstrated Interest

College Application

Every college application has at least six parts: the form, the essay, exam results, your child’s transcripts, his or her “brag sheet,” and letters of recommendation.

What to Sent

Mid-Year Transcript

  • Only required for some colleges so please read the application requirements carefully.
  • Not required for UC or CSU.
  • Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year: Common Application schools are not 'requiring' a mid-year transcript or counselor report).
  • Sent after the first semester of your senior year.

Final Transcript

  • All colleges require this.
  • Upon graduation, transcripts must be sent directly from the high school.
  • If courses are taken at community or other college programs, official transcripts must be sent directly to the college from their office as well.





Common Application