College App Deadlines are Near

College summer/fall applications opened August 1, however many students will wait until the last minute to apply. This is an attempt to define the “last minute” for this year’s seniors.

There are three types of applications, early action, early decision, and a regular app. Some schools offer two early decision periods. Early action is non-binding and allows the applicant to apply early to other colleges. Early decision, however, is binding and the student is not allowed to apply to other colleges. Both of the former application plans allow students to apply regular admission to other colleges in the spring. Regular admission is beneficial for the student who intends to bring up his or her GPA significantly senior year.

If wanting to apply to a university’s honors college, look into the deadline for that specific college as it usually varies from regular application deadlines.

Application dates for some of the major universities in Texas are as follows:

Name of University

Early Decision

Early Action

Regular Admission


Dec 1

Jan 15


Feb 15

Texas State

May 1

Texas Tech

May 1

Aug 1

UT Austin

Dec 1


Mar 1

Jun 1

Rice University

Jan 2


Other college deadlines can be found online at either the university’s website or at College Board. Also, College Board offers a helpful calendar that organizes important dates during senior year.

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Mary Ellen Walker

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