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.


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

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.


  2. Should have been non- binding early admissions.


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


  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.


  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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