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It’s Not Too Late To Apply Regular Decision at Top Colleges

Posted by Mimi Doe

You would think that after the debacle of the Common Application 4 in the early round (we noticed problems at our boot camp in AUGUST), the Common Application would have worked out the glitches by the regular round, but that is not the case. Due to additional technical problems, Dartmouth and many other colleges have extended their deadlines and all colleges pushed the deadline to January 2nd because of Common Application submission problems. Dartmouth has extended their regular deadline to 1/10/14, Columbia  has extended theirs to 1/6/14, and there are many regular deadline extensions:

Amherst: 1/10
Barnard: regular applications still being accepted, no cut-off date provided as of yet
Bentley: 1/7
Boston College: 1/12
Brandeis: 1/8
Brown: regular applications still being accepted, no cut-off date provided as of yet
Columbia: 1/6
Cornell: 1/9
Dartmouth: 1/10
Fordham: 1/8
Hamilton: 1/8
James Madison: 1/15
Johns Hopkins: regular applications still being accepted, no cut-off date provided as of yet
Lehigh: 1/10
Middlebury: 1/10 (regular and ED2)
Swarthmore: 1/6 (regular and Winter ED)
Syracuse University: 1/2, but applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a “space available” basis
Tufts: regular applications still being accepted, no cut-off date provided as of yet
UVA: “flexible” deadline; regular applications still being accepted, no cut-off date provided as of yet
Vanderbilt: 1/15 (regular and ED2)
Vassar: 1/8
Wake Forest: 1/10

We hope the Common Application glitches will encourage some colleges to go back to their own application or at least another application besides the Common Application next year. The good news now is that for some colleges, you have this week to finalize your Common Application and your essays.

Also, as we continue to recommend, early decision is a great option for students who know they want to attend a particular college and are looking to boost their admissions odds. If you love Swarthmore, Vanderbilt, or Middlebury, consider applying ED2 today! Check out some information on what student life is like at these colleges and see if early decision 2 might be a good plan for you. In the meantime, you can review our Late Deadlines file and we’ll continue to post updates on application deadline extensions on our blog.

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