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Study in the U.S.A: Application Deadlines for Top Universities

A list of deadlines for various college in America. It includes early and regular applications. However, these dates must be re-confirmed at the official website of the university as they are subject to change.

Regular Decision Application Deadlines for Top Universities in the U.S.A

While applying to a University in USA, it is always recommended to submit the application a bit early before the deadline. Usually, Admission officers review all the applications together after the application deadline. However, submitting the application will not overcome any deficiency but it can surely be an indication of you being on top of your game and very much organized

University Fall/Summer Application
American University January 15
Georgetown University January 10
Boston University January 2
Yale university January 2
Princeton University January 1
Brown University January 1

Early Action Deadlines for the Top Universities in the U.S.A

Although early action application already bring the deadlines early, still it is always advisable to not wait for the deadline date to submit the application.

University Fall/Summer Application Deadline
American University November 15
Boston University November 1
Johns Hopkins University November 1
UNC Chapel Hill October 15
Princeton University November 1
University of Michigan November 1


College Application Deadlines – Admission Plans for Applying to US Colleges

The admission process in the USA is quite different than that of India. In India, we have just one admission cycle in which we can apply for colleges when their application forms are out, while in the USA, the students have the flexibility to apply through Early Admission plan, Regular Admission plan or Rolling Admission plan. Given below are the definitions of these plans to help you understand them better.

Early Admission Plan

As the name suggests, the early admission plan allows students to apply for their chosen institution before the regular admission process starts. Applications for early admission are generally processed during the month of November and students are informed of their acceptance or rejection by mid December. This admission plan helps students avoid the rush period and increases their chance of acceptance due to the availability of seats. There are three ways to apply for the shortlisted colleges under early admission plan.

Early decision

Early decision application binds a student in a commitment that says he/she is to attend the university/college in exchange for early acceptance and withdraw applications from other universities. Also, the candidate stands to lose his/her enrolment deposit if he/she doesn’t attend the college. The application date usually falls in November under early decision.

Early action

Under early action application, the students receive their acceptance early but can wait till regular admission time to make a final decision about the college/university. It allows students to apply to other colleges since the early action application is non-binding. It is beneficial for international students who get time to arrange for financial aid and prepare their move to the US in a planned manner.

Single choice early action

This application is non-binding under which the applicants can apply to only one university/college on the basis of an early action application and are not permitted to apply to any other school till they receive their early action decision. However, after receiving the decision, the applicants can apply to other colleges during the regular admission cycle. Single choice early action application asks students to have their applications completed early.

Regular Admission Plan

Under regular admission application, the applicants need to apply by the deadlines set by the universities and they are not held under any commitment to make an early decision to attend the college if accepted. Also, the applicants can apply to as many institutions as they wish within the stipulated time-frame. The students receive the acceptance decision between 1 January to 1 March.


UK University Application Deadlines

Before beginning your application it is important to familiarise yourself with key UCAS deadlines. Some universities (Cambridge and Oxford) and courses (medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry) have much earlier deadlines and it is important you are fully aware of those which impact on your application.

“Important UCAS Deadlines

All UCAS deadlines for courses in the UK can be found below, but these are the key dates to become familiar with in the UCAS application cycle.

  • 15 October 2020- All courses at Cambridge and Oxford and most medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry courses at all other institutions
  • 15 January 2020- All other undergraduate courses for EU students
  • 30 June 2021- All other undergraduate courses for international students

Selected UK universities do allow international applications after certain deadlines though. Speak to one of our consultants to find out more.”