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When are college applications due?

Most colleges accept applications at roughly the same time each year. However, the exact date varies, depending on the school and program you choose. In addition to the standard spring and fall enrollment, colleges usually have separate application deadlines for students who are applying for early decision.

Generally, if you intend to enroll in the fall, you will need to submit your application almost a year in advance. Most schools have application deadlines of December or January for classes that begin the following September. If you are applying for early decision, you will need to get your application in even sooner, usually by November. Applications for spring (January) admission will be due just a few months before the semester begins.

Today, most colleges and universities have websites where you can find everything from admissions information to class schedules. In some cases, you can even apply on-line. Contact the admissions department directly if you have specific questions.