Preparing for College

How Does "Rolling Admission" Work?

Question: Can you please explain what Rolling Admissions means and how colleges determine when to send out your decision?

“Rolling Admission” colleges and universities evaluate applications as they arrive, and decisions are mailed shortly thereafterâ€"usually within two months. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Thus, when considering Rolling Admission schools, it usually makes sense to apply as soon as possible. I say "usually" because, if your junior grades were weaker than your norm or if you're hoping to improve SAT or ACT scores, then it can be wise to postpone your application until you have stronger stuff to show the colleges.

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