On January 1, we cracked open new calendars, tried to remember to put “2018” on checks, and wished each other Happy New Year. For many high school seniors, they had another cause to celebrate: By 11:59 p.m., they had submitted all of their college applications.
For others, however, the work is still in progress. For some, the process has not even begun. And others, having submitted applications to the schools they had chosen in the fall, have discovered more colleges and universities that might fit their academic, personal and financial needs. Although it is certainly not necessary to apply to two dozen schools, it is possible to continue to use all 20 slots on the Common Application as well as to apply to schools that use their own individual applications or the that offered by the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.
If you take a look at the Requirements Grid on the Common Application, you will discover a substantial number of four-year schools in the U.S. and abroad that offer deadlines of January 15, February 1, February 15, March 1, and March 15. There are also dozens of colleges and universities, including a preponderance in the SUNY system, that offer the option of rolling admissions, sometimes well into the summer.
To find the grid, go to The Common App website. Click on “How to apply,” “Understanding requirements,” and then “Requirements Grid.” You will be able to download a PDF that is an alphabetized list of all of the Common App schools. Go to the category on the red bar that says “RD/Rolling.” You will be amazed by the number of schools that use the application you have already filled out. If you have written many additional essays, you may be able to tweak the ones you have in your files to fulfill the criteria of the supplements. And many of the schools do not require additional essays. However, if they do, you should not be daunted by having to a little more work to apply to a school that might just be the college of your dreams.
So no matter what the reason may be for not being finished…or not starting…it’s up to you to do your due diligence.