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Is It Too Late to Still Apply for College?

Did you wake this morning and realize that it is the middle of November and you have not even started on your college application.  Is it too late?  In one answer, NO.  But you are pushing the envelope in terms of meeting upcoming deadlines.  You need to get organized and take immediate steps to catch up with your peers.

Here is the bad news – you are not going to be able to apply Early Decision/Early Action as most of those deadlines have passed.  You don’t have to stress about those decisions and keep your mind of should have/could have regrets.  Also, many scholarship opportunities have passed as well.  However, there are plenty of good schools with deadlines (see below for list) that you will be able to apply and there are plenty of schools which offer solid financial packages.

The number one thing to do right now is register for the SAT/ACT right away.  These are for the tests in December.  Otherwise, you are looking at March SAT or February ACT.  Depending on when you take these tests will determine the type of options you have.

Secondly, make a college list of colleges you truly want to attend.  If everything falls into place, you can still meet the January 1 deadline but if you can’t you can change accordingly.  The college list is probably one of the most important parts of the college admission process which most students and parents spend the least amount of time on.

Lastly, get your Letters of Recommendations done.  Please acknowledge to your recommenders that you are very late in the process and would appreciate their help in finishing them in a timely manner.

If you are truly interested in meeting the January 1 or 15th deadline, start working on your personal statement and getting your transcripts.  However, the key is to put your best foot forward.  Putting an application with substandard materials will hurt your admissions chances.  So don’t rush, there are options for you.  Here are some schools with deadlines beyond January 15.

Also, should you require additional help during this stressful time, we are here to help at Stoodnt.  Contact us asap.

Great Options With Feb 1 Deadlines:

  • Baylor University
  • Colorado State University Fort Collins
  • Cornell College
  • DePauw University
  • Dickinson College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Marist College
  • Merrimack College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Roger Williams University
  • Simmons College
  • St Lawrence University
  • Trinity University

Great Options With Feb 15 Deadlines:

  • Allegheny College
  • Assumption College
  • Brigham Young University Hawaii
  • Creighton University
  • Drew University
  • Earlham College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Endicott College
  • Howard University
  • Morehouse College
  • Rollins College
  • Texas Christian University
  • Washington College

Great Options With Rolling Admissions:

  • Indiana University
  • Loyola Marymount
  • Michigan State
  • Pace University
  • Penn State
  • Quinnipiac
  • Roger Williams
  • Rutgers
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Maine
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Tulsa

Author: Yuri Punj

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