Regular Decision: The student must apply to the college by the college’s application deadline (usually in January). The college then reviews all applications and notifies all regular decision applicants of their decision at the same time. The decision letters are usually mailed at the end of March/beginning of April.
Early Decision: A binding early application to one college. If a student is accepted Early Decision (ED), s/he must enroll at that school and withdraw all applications from other colleges. Students can only apply to one school under the early decision plan. Early decision I application deadlines are usually in November, and the student is usually notified of the college’s decision by mid-December. Some schools, including Brandeis, Colgate, Emory, George Washington, Lehigh, NYU, Swarthmore, Tufts and Wesleyan, offer a second early decision. ED II deadlines are often in January. Because ED limits you to only seeing one financial aid package (rather than having the opportunity to compare one school’s package to another), ED is not a good option for students for whom financial aid will be a major factor in the college selection process.
Early Action: This is an early application to a college which does NOT obligate the student to attend the school if accepted. Students can apply to more than one college under the early action plan. Early action application deadlines are usually in November or December, and the student is usually notified of the college’s decision in January. Schools that have Early Action include Georgetown, Tulane, UMass at Amherst, University of Miami, University of Michigan and Rutgers University. If a school has an EA program, students are STRONGLY encouraged to apply under this non-binding commitment as admission chances are generally greater than in regular decision.
Single Choice Early Action: This option allows students to apply by a set date (usually early November) and receive an admissions decision (accept, deny, defer) well before the normal response. Students are not obligated to enroll or send a deposit if accepted. However, under Single Choice Early Action, students are NOT allowed to apply early action (unless it is a public state university) or early decision to other schools. Colleges that offer this option include Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Yale.
Rolling Admissions: Colleges with rolling admissions policies review applications as they receive them and send admissions decisions letters within a few weeks after all credentials have been received. Although colleges with rolling admissions do not have set application deadlines, it is advisable to apply early as chances of being admitted are often better early on in the process. Drexel, Indiana University, Quinnipiac, University of Arizona, and University of Pittsburgh offer rolling admissions.
Priority Applications: Some universities have a deadline referred to as the priority date. These dates usually fall in November and December and will give priority consideration to students whose applications meet this deadline. University of Delaware and University of Maryland have priority deadlines that if met, will consider those students first for admission as well as entry into the honors program and awarding of scholarships.
CEEB Code/School Code: This is a code number unique to Golda Och Academy that colleges and testing agencies (College Board, ACT) often require. Golda Och Academy’s code number is 311503.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):
This is a financial aid form that all colleges require of financial aid applicants. The earliest the form can be filed is January 1 of the student’s senior year. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Available in October, financial aid applicants are encouraged to submit this financial aid form that is required by all private institutions (and some public ones as well). Colleges that require this form typically list two deadlines: the first is the deadline by when the student should register for the CSS Profile and the second is the deadline by when the student should complete and file the Profile. http://profileonline.collegeboard.com/index.jsp