January 3, 2010
Colleges Offer Applicants New Ways to Get an Early Answer
Sarah Bones for The Chronicle
The admissions calendar includes a long, cold season of suspense. Each year many students apply to colleges during the winter, then wait until spring to receive their acceptances or rejections. This familiar cycle seems logical, even natural. But is it necessary?
For years, admissions officials have questioned the traditional timeline—apply by January 1, get a decision by April 1. "Does it really take that long for most institutions to make decisions in the majority of cases?