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Types of Admission


Posted on October 27, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

Applying to college can be stressful, but being prepared and informed can help make the process easier. Before sending out applications, it’s important to keep track of what admission types each school offers. The many different types of admission may seem complicated, but the following definitions will help eliminate confusion.

Early Decision

Students are permitted to apply early to only one college or university. The due date for an Early Decision application is typically between November 1 and November 15.  Students will be informed by mid-December if they were accepted or denied. If a student is accepted, he or she must legally attend that school and can’t apply to or attend another school. If the student isn’t accepted, he or she won’t be able to apply to any other schools under early decision, but can apply under regular admission. This type of admission is appropriate in a situation where a student is applying to his or her dream school. It’s important to consider cost and to be certain that you can afford to attend. An advantage of early decision admission is that colleges have higher admission rates for early decision than any other type.


Early Application (Early Action)

For early application or early action admission, students are permitted to apply to schools as they please, including applying early to other schools. Applications are typically due anywhere between November 1 and November 15. Students won’t need to commit to the college or university, if they’re accepted, until May 1. This will allow the student to weigh the pros and cons of the different aspects of schools such as location, cost, size, financial aid and grants. The advantage of the higher admission rates for early application still applies.

Single-Choice Early Action

Students are only permitted to apply to only one college or university using single-choice early action and can’t apply to any other school using early decision or early application admission. However, they’re free to apply to other schools using regular admission. The early application is due between November 1 and November 15. Students don’t have to commit to a college until May 1. The advantage of the higher admission rates for early application still applies.

Regular Admission

At most colleges and universities, applications are due regular admission between January 15 and February 1, except for California where deadlines are November 30. Regular admission gives students time to thoroughly research each school they’re considering compared to applying early. They also have more time to prepare their application materials. However, regular admission rates are lower than early decision/application admission rates. Another drawback is that students won’t be informed of acceptance or denial until April.

Rolling Admission (Rolling Decision)

This type of admission doesn’t have any deadlines, meaning the college or university will accept applications throughout the year. Students should know whether they have been accepted within four to eight weeks. It’s suggested that the students submit their applications as soon as possible in order to secure a spot at the university. Contacting the admission office is always a good idea in order to discuss the application process with a professional and find out the best time to apply.

Late Admission

Luckily, many schools offer late admission. Applicants will be considered if the incoming class hasn’t been filled. There’s always a possibility of getting accepted with late admission, but the later students apply, the less likely they’ll be accepted.

A rule of thumb when applying to a college or university is always be prepared. If you know the school you want to attend, be sure to apply early. If you think it’s too late to apply to a school, apply anyway. It would never hurt to contact Delaware Valley University to have any questions answered or to request more admission information