Early Action Early Action, like early decision, allows well-qualified students to apply in the fall of their senior year. The difference, however, with early action is the level of student commitment to the university. Students who apply for early action and are admitted to the university may make their final decision in the spring of their senior year. This, of course, buys time for students awaiting financial aid and scholarship offers.
Rolling Application Universities who use rolling admission evaluate applications as they arrive. With rolling admission, students usually learn of their admissions status within 48 hours to two months depending upon the university. Rolling admission, however, is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are a limited number of openings for freshman in some universities. If you apply late, you may not be admitted to the university. With this type of admission plan, there are deadlines for housing, scholarships, and financial aid.
Open Admission Any student who meets the minimum academic requirements will be admitted to the university. Open admission plans are common to some state universities and local community colleges. Until recently, most Louisiana schools took an open admissions approach. Many of Louisiana's colleges ad universities are beefing up their admissions standards and are becoming more selective.
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Many universities will accept the Common Application as opposed to a specific application. Additionally, some colleges now have online applications which means you can quickly submit you application rather than the long, tedious paper and pencil "snail mail" version.
In addition to submitting an application, you must either submit ACT or SAT scores to the college to which you are applying. Check to see which scores the college will accept. Some colleges will accept the test scores the Guidance Office send with your transcript. Other, however, will only accept official scores from the testing agency. See Application, Recommendation, Standardized Test Scores, and Transcript Guidelines for details.
Tests Equally as important as academic ranking are your scores on the ACT, SAT I, or SAT II. Test scores are never the sole criterion used in admissions decisions; they are useful, however, in supporting your academic record.
Everything Else In no particular order, colleges and universities consider extracurricular activities, personal interviews, recommendations, alumni connections, essays, and athletic abilities. Some of these variables are more important at some colleges that others.
Recommendations and Secondary School Reports Submit all forms and requests at one time. It is much easier for your counselor to do several forms at one time for you than one each week. Watch your deadlines closely. Additionally, it is your responsibility to obtain recommendations from your teachers and ask them to forward the recommendation to your counselor. Give all paperwork to your counselor at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.
Standardized Test Scores You are responsible for sending your official ACT or SAT scores to the the university. This can be done in two ways. Either fill in the college code on the actual test registration packet before you take the test, or obtain an Additional Score Report (ASR) from the Student Office and submit it directly to ETS or ACT. ASRs cost $7 per college it is being sent to. (Many colleges do not consider scores submitted by the high school as official.)
Transcripts Transcripts are obtained from the counselors' office. In order for colleges to accept our transcripts as official, we cannot give them to you. They must be mailed directly.