Rolling admissions can relieve college application stress

by Grace

For high school seniors, it can be comforting to be able to secure admission to a good school early on in application season.  It reduces the stress during the months of applying and waiting for decisions from other colleges.  For this reason, high-achieving students should consider applying to “High-Ranking Schools With Rolling Admissions”.

  • Pennsylvania State University—University Park
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Purdue University—West Lafayette (IN)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—New Brunswick
  • University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Indiana University—Bloomington
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Tulsa (OK)
  • University of Alabama
  • Stony Brook University—SUNY
  • Binghamton University—SUNY

Rolling admissions are often offered by large state universities.  Students can apply in the fall, sometimes as early as September, and receive word within a few weeks.

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Delece Smith-Barrow, “High-Ranking Schools With Rolling Admissions”, U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 6, 2014.

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5 Comments to “Rolling admissions can relieve college application stress”

  1. This–and colleges with no binding early admissions–is definitely a major part of the strategy for DS, who will be applying in the fall. In addition to relieving stress I hope it will give him feedback on his chances at his reach schools.

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  2. Should have been non- binding early admissions.

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  3. Yes, and of course if he gains admission to a reach school than it may knock other schools off his regular application list.

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  4. BL, your DS’ approach could also save you hundreds of dollars in application fees.

    I don’t know how letters of recommendation work now with the Common App, but perhaps this approach also reduces the burden on teachers who write those letters.

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  5. Yes, definitely could save money. I don’t think it makes a difference in recommendation letters since most schools just require the ones from the common app. However, it could save a student from writing additional essays required by some schools.

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