How You Should Judge Colleges: What Students Should Look For: Admissions Plans
What are the Different Admissions Plan?
Colleges offer different types of admission plans with varying deadlines and commitment levels. Before discussing each plan, the concept of yield needs to be introduced in order for you to understand why some of these plans were developed. Yield is the percentage of students who are admitted to an institution who plan to enroll. Colleges need to be able to accurately predict how many students will attend their university, so they have an idea of how many students to accept on early action or early decision plans. Determining a university’s yield is actually quite tricky as circumstances (economic and otherwise) change, and universities implement various strategies in order to increase or adjust their yield rate.
If the number of students who plan to attend is higher than anticipated, too many students enroll, which could impact housing, class size, and other campus issues. If too few students agree to enroll, colleges have fewer students than anticipated, and that can also impact the college’s budget and other issues. Colleges that under-predict enrollment go to their waitlist to fill up a class to capacity or they may extend admissions deadlines. Students unknowingly can benefit from the unpredictable business of determining an accurate yield rate.
Many colleges offer rolling admissions plans. There is no specific deadline to apply and students are encouraged to apply to these schools in late summer or early fall. Colleges review these applications as they come in, and you usually receive a decision within four to six weeks. It is suggested that you apply early to these schools, as the freshman class can start filling up rather quickly. There is no downside to applying to schools with rolling admission, as you hear back from these colleges much earlier than other colleges and there is no commitment to attend. Students feel encouraged when they receive an early positive response from a college, and they know that they have one college acceptance under their belt. You definitely need to complete these applications early, so don’t delay if you are interested in any of the schools in this category. The admissions standards may be more stringent the later you apply to these schools.
Some Rolling-Admissions Schools
- University of Alabama
- Arizona State University
- City University of New York (CUNY)
- Farleigh Dickinson University
- Indiana University–Bloomington
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Johnson & Wales University
- Kansas State University
- Kettering University
- New York Institute of Technology
- Pennsylvania State University–University Park
- Seton Hall University
- University of Colorado–Denver
- University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Rhode Island
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