Posts tagged ‘Rolling admission’

May 8, 2015

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.

September 24, 2012

St. Ambrose University offers guaranteed merit scholarships

by Grace

If you are interested in a guaranteed merit scholarship and if a midwestern location is appealing, you might want to investigate St. Ambrose University.  Unlike many other guaranteed scholarships, the St. Ambrose awards seem to preferentially value grades over test scores.

St. Ambrose is a private institution in Davenport, Iowa with an undergraduate enrollment of 2,752.  It ranked 40 on the US News Regional Universities (Midwest) list.

A full listing of all scholarships can be found at their website, but here are the guaranteed awards.

  • Ambrose Scholar: Full tuition (on campus residents only). May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible. To qualify the student must score 30 or above on the ACT and straight A’s for the first 7 semesters in high school, and maintain a 3.25 GPA while at St. Ambrose. For high school students only. A limited number of these scholarships are available in the 2013-14 academic year. [10 are awarded each year according to one source.]
  • Honors Scholar: $17,000 (on campus residents only). To qualify students must score 28 or above on the ACT and receive a 3.9 GPA or above in high school (on an unweighted 4.0 scale) and must maintain a 3.25 GPA while at St. Ambrose. For high school students only.
  • Presidential Scholar: $14,000 (on campus residents only). To qualify the student must score a 26 or above on the ACT and receive a 3.8 GPA or above in high school (on an unweighted 4.0 scale), and must maintain a 3.25 GPA while at St. Ambrose. For high school students only.

With a COA of about $37,000, the estimated yearly net COA after accounting for guaranteed merit scholarships and assuming no need-based financial aid would be:

    • Ambrose Scholar:  $13,000
    • Honors Scholar:  $20,000
    • Presidential Scholar:  $23,000

St. Ambrose is located in the Quad Cities area, less than 200 miles from Chicago.  It offers an honors program with the  opportunity to work with a faculty member to develop a research project or scholarly activity.  The three most popular majors are business, psychology and education.  With 57% of its students living in campus housing, five new residence halls have been built and another remodeled since 2000.

Since it has a rolling admissions policy with applications accepted as early as September, St. Ambrose could be a safety school for some students who may learn of their acceptance in the early fall of their senior year.


December 2, 2011

‘Gotta love rolling admissions’

by Grace

In the college applications process, rolling admissions are a way for a student to have a decision in hand as early as September of his senior year.  That can be a relief during a stressful time, knowing he has at least one good college option.  As a bonus for top students, news of merit awards sometimes accompanies the decision letter.

Dr. StrangeCollege gives us a good working definition of ‘rolling admissions”.

Rolling Admissions, often offered by large, public universities, provides a larger window for the application submission, followed by reported results within a few weeks. For example, a student could apply to Indiana University in the Fall and hear back from them in four to eight weeks. They provide deadlines for scholarship considerations, and applications received after April 1 are accepted on a space-available, case-by-case basis.

Here are other examples, including some schools that “roll” unofficially: Northern Arizona University, University of Alabama, University of Pittsburgh, Tulane, Drexel, Ohio Wesleyan

When making up a college search list, it might be a good idea to consider schools with rolling admissions.  In addition to the advantages, families should be aware that early notifications can mean that spaces can fill up early in the admissions cycle, possibly creating headaches for regular decision applicants.

Of course, parents of procrastinators can sympathize with this comment.

Rolling admissions would be great – if only I could get my kid rolling on his apps.

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