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College admissions season is inextricably tied to pressure for many students. You need to polish your applications, mull over college-specific supplemental essays, all by similar deadlines. And then you have to wait several months until you hear back with the results.


But there is an alternative. Some colleges offer rolling admissions, which is essentially first-come, first-served admissions; assuming that you meant the minimum requirements for admissions and are fit for the school. If you add schools with these admissions systems to your list, you won’t have to adhere to the same deadlines for all your applications, and you’ll typically hear back much sooner — thereby alleviating a lot of the pressure tied to this process.


How are Rolling Admissions Different?


You probably know the structure of regular admissions: you apply during a stated admissions period (typically around late fall through early winter for regular decision and a bit earlier for early decision/action) and hear back a couple months later (usually around March if you apply on the regular decision timeline). You, in turn, are required to make your decision about where to attend by May 1st.


Rolling admissions work differently. As soon as the application period opens, students can apply up until the school fills its class. Most colleges with rolling admissions have priority deadlines, meaning if you apply by that date, your application will be read before candidates who apply after that deadline. Remember though, since rolling admissions are first-come, first-served, candidates who apply after the priority deadline will be admitted only on a space-available basis. Usually, students receive their decisions around 4-6 weeks after they apply.


When Should You Submit Your Application?


Just because you can theoretically submit your application at virtually any point within the admissions window, because this admissions pathway operates on a first-come, first-served basis, you should apply as early as possible. You should certainly attempt to apply by the priority deadline. In general, it’s a good idea to apply by December. Remember that you have other deadlines to consider, such as those for scholarships and financial aid, as well as honors placement in some cases.


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At Baruch College, for example, the Spring 2022 application becomes available in June 2021, and the priority deadline is September 15, 2021. Admissions decisions are sent starting in November 2021 on a rolling basis. The Fall 2022 application becomes available in September 2021, and the priority deadline is February 1, 2022. An admissions decision will be sent starting in January 2022.


Arizona State University hasn’t posted information for the coming academic year, but in the 2020–2021 academic year, the Fall application opened in July 2020. The priority deadline was November 1, 2020, and students were required to submit their applications by January 15, 2021. ASU’s FAFSA priority date was January 15, 2021.


Top Colleges with Rolling Admissions



Acceptance Rate


Arkansas State University


Jonesboro, Arkansas

Arizona State University


Tempe, Arizona

Baruch College—CUNY


New York, New York

Binghamton University—SUNY


Binghamton, New York

Clemson University


Clemson, South Carolina

Colorado State University


Fort Collins, Colorado

Creighton University


Omaha, Nebraska

Eckerd College


St. Petersburg, Florida

Indiana University


Bloomington, Indiana

Iowa State University


Ames, Iowa

Loyola University Chicago


Chicago, Illinois

Michigan State University


East Lansing, Michigan

Ohio State University


Columbus, Ohio

Oklahoma State University


Stillwater, Oklahoma

Pennsylvania State University


University Park, Pennsylvania

Purdue University


West Lafayette, Indiana

University of Alabama


Tuscaloosa, Alabama

University at Buffalo—SUNY


Buffalo, New York

University of Houston


Houston, Texas

University of Minnesota


Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of North Carolina


Chapel Hill, North Carolina

University of Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Tulsa


Tulsa, Oklahoma

Ripon College


Ripon, Wisconsin

Rutgers University


New Brunswick, New Jersey

Saint Louis University


Saint Louis, Missouri

Warren Wilson College


Swannanoa, North Carolina


What Are Your Chances of Acceptance?


Firstly, be aware that schools may change their timelines, so check with the institution to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. And while most colleges with rolling admissions do have fairly high acceptance rates, it’s still important to know where you stand. Remember, too, that your chances of admission are better the earlier you apply. Find out your odds of admission to hundreds of colleges across the country using CollegeVine’s chancing engine. This free tool will also give you tips on how to improve your profile for success.



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