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When Should You Apply for College?

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Senior year of high school is an exciting time for students. There are sports, prom, and of course, college applications! Seniors might be excited about it, but do most know when to apply for college? The answer is: sooner than you might think. If you haven’t applied to school, you don’t need to panic. We’re here to fill both seniors and parents in on what they need to know when it comes to applying for school.

The Different Types of College Admission Deadlines

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In the world of college applications, words like “early decision,” “priority deadline” and “rolling deadline” can make a high school senior’s head spin. Understanding the major types of admission deadlines can be helpful as you consider college options, so let’s take a look at some:

Early Decision

An early decision deadline is typically in the fall of your senior year. This kind of deadline is very similar to “early action,” with one big difference: an early decision application is binding.