College Applications

A student may apply to colleges and universities by going to the specific school's website. On the school's page, the student should locate the link that often just states, "Apply" in order to begin filling out the application. Students will be required to create accounts with each school they are applying in order to complete the application so it is very important to keep track of specific login information.

Fee Waivers

The College Board offers 4 application fee waivers that must be printed from the students College Board account, filled out and physically mailed to the address listed on the school's application. Please go to www.collegeboard.org and log in with your username and password to view and print the fee waivers which will be found after clicking "SAT" upon login.

DEADLINES

***Early Decision - Several schools offer an admission plan for those students who are certain of their college choice during the first semester of their senior year. Application deadlines for early decision plans are usually in October or November. A student who applies to a school under an early decision plan must sign a contract (as do the student’s parents and college counselor) which states that the student will attend that school if accepted. The student also states that he/she will withdraw any and all other applications submitted to other schools and that he/she will not submit any others. Applying to a school early decision is a serious and binding (an agreement or promise involving an obligation that cannot be broken) commitment.

Students applying early are reviewed primarily on the basis of their performance through junior year, so the early decision option is usually advisable only for students with outstanding academic records. Responses for early decision applicants are usually received before winter break of the senior year. A student may apply to only one school as an early decision candidate, so if you decide to do this, you should be sure that it is the school you would like to attend.

Early Admission or Early Action - Students who submit applications by November 1 or November 15 (each school is different) will receive a decision by December or January.

Regular Decision - Colleges designate a specific deadline date, which is usually January 1 and regardless of when the application is submitted, the student will receive a decision in April.

Rolling Admission - Colleges review the applications as they are received and the student will receive a decision in 4-8 weeks.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) - http://www.passhe.edu/answers/Pages/start_now.aspx - 14 State System Universities

Bloomsburg, Cal U, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, IUP, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, West Chester