Students who met the November 1 deadlines set by some schools can breathe a sigh of relief—but only for a moment.  Application deadlines are coming fast in the next two months.  Students applying to multiple schools need to keep abreast of varying deadlines, and they do vary.

A quick survey of four University of Wisconsin system schools revealed four different sets of deadlines.

  • UW-Madison had an Early Action deadline November 1 (decision by the end of January) and has a regular deadline of February 1.
  • UW-Lacrosse has a February 1 deadline and will offer admission until their class is full.
  • UW-Eau Claire has a December 1 priority deadline and a February 1 regular deadline.  After that date, students will be admitted on a space available basis.
  • UW-Milwaukee has a March 1 priority deadline and will also accept students until their class is full.

At a few private and out-of-state public schools we checked, the deadlines also vary.

  • Marquette University has a priority admission and award deadline of December 1 with a decision within a few weeks of application. All applications received after December 1 will be considered on a space available basis.
  • Miami University of Ohio has a binding Early Decision deadline November 15 with a decision by December 15. Their Early Action deadline is December 1 with a decision by February 1 and their regular deadline is February 1 with a decision by March 15.
  • Northwestern University had a binding Early Decision deadline November 1; they have a regular deadline of January 1.
  • St. Louis University has December 1 and February 1 application deadlines for certain scholarships.
  • The University of Minnesota had a November 1 deadline; those decisions will be made available at the end of January. Their next application deadline is January 1.

Back in May, we posted a blog about the advantages of Early Action and Early Decision in gaining acceptance.  For colleges, a primary reason for these programs is to “lock in” as many students as possible to manage their admissions process. Through use of the Common Application, students can easily apply to many schools.  The universities want to improve their odds of being the school selected by a student they accept.  Early Action and Early Decision are tools they use to manage their admissions numbers.

Even if a student is not interested in Early Action or Early Decision, it is beneficial to apply as early as possible.  As noted above, some schools stop accepting students once they reach their desired class size.  They may also defer candidates as they await responses from those who applied earlier and were accepted.  Don’t get shut out.

FAFSA Deadlines

Students who apply for financial aid, particularly at private schools, should get their FAFSA forms in as soon as possible.  The deadlines vary depending on the school and type of application submitted.  On the school websites, information about FAFSA deadlines may be with application deadlines information or with financial aid info.  Because many schools try to offer a financial aid package at the time of acceptance, they need the FAFSA information early if the student has applied early.

ACT Deadlines

The ACT will be given again on December 9; students can register up to November 17 with a late fee.  Therefore, seniors can still retake the ACT and have a score to submit on or before February 1, 2018, the deadline for several of the schools listed above.  Knowledge Edge will conduct its ACT Bootcamp on Wednesday, November 29 from 4:30-6:30pm.  For more information or to register, email or call 262-238-8867.