When, Exactly, Are Application Deadlines?

Early Action applications are due November 1. By what time on that day does the application have to be submitted? Do you have until midnight, and if so, what time zone? Thanks!

The official deadline is midnight on the actual day that the application is due. So if the deadline is November 1, you have until nearly November 2 to submit the application.

BUT … the Common App is based in the Eastern Time zone, so a student in, say, California, who submits an application at 11 p.m. on November 1 will have a time stamp on that app that says Nov. 2 due to the time difference. However, colleges use YOUR local time zone, and not theirs, when determining if an application is tardy.

But, even so, I urge you to try to submit all applications at least several hours (and, better yet, days) before the official deadline. You can't predict last-minute technical snafus … and the panic they can cause.


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