Top 27 Colleges with Rolling Admissions

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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

 

School

Acceptance Rate

Location

Arkansas State University

77%

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Arizona State University

85%

Tempe, Arizona

Baruch College—CUNY

39%

New York, New York

Binghamton University—SUNY

40%

Binghamton, New York

Clemson University

47%

Clemson, South Carolina

Colorado State University

84%

Fort Collins, Colorado

Creighton University

71%

Omaha, Nebraska

Eckerd College

68%

St. Petersburg, Florida

Indiana University

77%

Bloomington, Indiana

Iowa State University

91%

Ames, Iowa

Loyola University Chicago

68%

Chicago, Illinois

Michigan State University

78%

East Lansing, Michigan

Ohio State University

52%

Columbus, Ohio

Oklahoma State University

74%

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Pennsylvania State University

56%

University Park, Pennsylvania

Purdue University

58%

West Lafayette, Indiana

University of Alabama

59%

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

University at Buffalo—SUNY

56%

Buffalo, New York

University of Houston

62%

Houston, Texas

University of Minnesota

52%

Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of North Carolina

23%

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

University of Pittsburgh

59%

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Tulsa

41%

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Ripon College

69%

Ripon, Wisconsin

Rutgers University

60%

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Saint Louis University

58%

Saint Louis, Missouri

Warren Wilson College

86%

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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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in History. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She dreams of having a dog.

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