Application timing

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quidprobono
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Application timing

Postby quidprobono » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:15 pm

How advantageous is it to apply when schools begin accepting applications (9/1, 9/15)? Is there a significant difference between applying on opening day vs. early October? Early November?

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Hawkeye Pierce
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Re: Application timing

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:17 pm

Search function and stickied FAQ usually answer questions like this competently...

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Timing of Application Submission
When should I submit it? When is early?
As soon as possible without sacrificing due care of quality.
General rule of thumb:
Super Early: Before Halloween
Early: Before Thanksgiving
On Time: Before Christmas
Lateish: After New Years.
The longer you wait, the lower your chances become and the less scholarship money there is. Exception: Yale, which does not do a rolling admissions process.

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Re: Application timing

Postby quidprobono » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:23 pm

Yes, I've seen that, but I don't think the advice is conclusive. For instance, compare:

When should I submit it? When is early?
As soon as possible without sacrificing due care of quality.
...
The longer you wait, the lower your chances become and the less scholarship money there is.

to:

Yes. You must apply early. Even though we don’t have an early decision program, the early bird does catch the worm here. And by early I’m talking about October, mid-November at the latest.

So is there a significant difference between September 1 and October 15?

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Re: Application timing

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:27 pm

quidprobono wrote:So is there a significant difference between September 1 and October 15?


Not at all. Just peace of mind that you've submitted it already.

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Re: Application timing

Postby Samara » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:00 am

quidprobono wrote:Yes, I've seen that, but I don't think the advice is conclusive. For instance, compare:

When should I submit it? When is early?
As soon as possible without sacrificing due care of quality.
...
The longer you wait, the lower your chances become and the less scholarship money there is.

to:

Yes. You must apply early. Even though we don’t have an early decision program, the early bird does catch the worm here. And by early I’m talking about October, mid-November at the latest.

So is there a significant difference between September 1 and October 15?

Those quotes actually fit into the rule of thumb...




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