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Complete List: Colleges with Rolling Admissions

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 27, 2015 2:30:00 PM

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Deadlines are stressful. Why not get rid of them? Some colleges do just that. Rather than having a fixed application deadline, they open up a period of time for you to submit your application.

Rolling admission doesn't mean you won't have any timeline, though. This guide will go over what rolling admission means as you apply to schools, plus a complete list of colleges with rolling admissions.


What Is Rolling Admission?

Rolling admission is an application option that allows you to apply within a window of time. This window usually opens up in the fall, commonly September 1, and lasts through the spring, or until all spots in the upcoming class have been filled.

This option differs from regular decision, early action, and early decision, as all three have set deadlines and are unlikely to accept a late application. However, the fact that rolling admission colleges will accept your application throughout the year doesn't take the pressure off completely. 

I mentioned that the application window is open until all spots have been filled. Admissions committees review applications as they roll in and send back a decision soon after. Typically, you'll hear back four to eight weeks after you apply. In some cases, you might hear back only two weeks later!

This fast turn around is one compelling reason to get your application in sooner rather than later. Are there any other factors that affect when you should apply? 

Now let's take a look at some popular colleges with rolling admissions.



Popular Schools with Rolling Admissions

  • Indiana University
  • Loyola Marymount
  • Michigan State
  • Pace University
  • Penn State
  • Quinnipiac
  • Roger Williams
  • Rutgers
  • University of Alabama 
  • University of Maine
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Tulsa

There are a bunch of other schools with rolling admission, as you can see on the list below. If you're unsure about a school, you should find its application policy on its admissions website.



Complete List of Schools with Rolling Admissions  

Here's the full list of schools with rolling admissions in alphabetical order. Just scroll down to find the ones you're interested in, or use "Ctrl + f" to search for them directly. We also include the admission rate for each school so you can see how difficult it is to get in.


Name State Admission %
Academy of Art University CA 100
Adams State University CO 72
Adelphi University NY 68
Alaska Bible College AK  
Alaska Pacific University AK 37
Albion College MI 56
Albright College PA 62
Alcorn State University MS 83
Alderson-Broaddus College WV 43
Alfred State College NY 55
Alfred University NY 70
Alma College MI 69
Alvernia University PA 78
Alverno College WI 79
American Academy of Art IL  
American Baptist College TN 51
American International College MA 79
Amridge University AL  
Andrews University MI 39
Angelo State University TX 80
Anna Maria College MA 78
Antioch College OH  
Appalachian Bible College WV 56
Aquinas College TN 52
Aquinas College MA  
Arizona State University AZ 80
Arkansas Baptist College AR  
Arkansas State University AR 76
Arlington Baptist College TX 100
Asbury University KY 27
Ashford University IA  
Ashland University OH 77
Auburn University at Montgomery AL 72
Augsburg College MN 74
Augustana College IL 59
Augustana College IL  
Bacone College OK  
Baker College of Auburn Hills MI 100
Baker College of Cadillac MI 100
Baker College of Clinton Township MI 100
Baker College of Owosso MI 100
Baker University KS 88
Baldwin Wallace University OH 64
Baptist Bible College MO 76
Bard College at Simon's Rock MA 92
Barry University FL 47
Barton College NC 42
Bay Path College MA 58
Beacon College FL 65
Becker College MA 63
Belhaven University MS 48
Bellevue University NE  
Bellin College WI  
Belmont University TN 80
Bemidji State University MN 67
Benedict College SC  
Benedictine College KS 97
Benedictine University IL 69
Bennett College NC 83
Berry College GA 60
Bethany College WV 49
Bethany College WV  
Bethel College KS 64
Bethel University MN 95
Bethel University TN 62
Beulah Heights University GA  
Blackburn College IL 70
Blessing-Reiman College of Nursing IL 77
Bloomfield College NJ 59
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania PA 89
Blue Mountain College MS 51
Bluefield State College WV 41
Boricua College NY 40
Boston Architectural College MA 100
Boston Baptist College MA  
Bradley University IL 67
Brenau University GA 47
Brescia University KY 48
Brevard College NC 45
Brewton-Parker College GA  
Briarcliffe College NY  
Bridgewater College VA 55
Bryan College TN 48
Buffalo State College NY 49
Burlington College VT 86
Cabrini College PA 74
Cairn University PA 68
Caldwell University NJ 67
California Baptist University CA 79
California College of the Arts CA 82
California National University for Advanced Studies CA  
California State University Dominguez Hills CA 80
California State University Northridge CA 61
California State University San Bernardino CA 55
California University of Pennsylvania PA 90
Calumet College of St. Joseph IN 36
Calvin College MI 70
Cambridge College MA 64
Cameron University OK 100
Campbell University NC 60
Campbellsville University KY 68
Canisius College NY 73
Capella University MN  
Capitol College MD  
Caribbean University PR 56
Carlos Albizu University - Miami FL 36
Carlow University PA 95
Carroll University WI 79
Carthage College WI 77
Castleton State College VT 79
Catawba College NC 41
Cazenovia College NY 70
Cedar Crest College PA 59
Cedarville University OH 74
Centenary College NJ 91
Central Christian College of Kansas KS 99
Central Christian College of the Bible MO 65
Central Connecticut State University CT 64
Central Washington University WA 82
Chadron State College NE  
Chaminade University of Honolulu HI 84
Charleston Southern University SC 82
Chatham University PA 61
Chestnut Hill College PA 66
Chowan University NC 58
Christian Brothers University TN 51
City University of Seattle WA 100
Claflin University SC 60
Clarke University IA 78
Clarkson College NE 55
Clearwater Christian College FL 70
Cleveland State University OH 63
Coastal Carolina University SC 64
Cogswell Polytechnical College CA 78
College at Brockport NY 48
College at Old Westbury NY 58
College of Idaho ID 65
College of Mount St. Vincent NY 91
College of New Rochelle NY 46
College of Saint Mary NE 54
College of Saint Mary Magdalen NH  
College of St. Elizabeth NJ 48
College of St. Joseph VT 69
College of St. Rose NY 78
College of St. Scholastica MN 73
Colorado Heights University CO  
Colorado Mesa University CO 82
Colorado Technical University CO  
Columbia College PR 59
Columbia College IL  
Columbia College Chicago IL 84
Columbia College Hollywood CA 57
Columbia Southern University AL 100
Columbus College of Art and Design OH 87
Concord University WV 45
Concordia College MN 78
Concordia University Ann Arbor MI 56
Concordia University Portland OR 54
Concordia University Texas TX 83
Cornerstone University MI 68
Covenant College GA 57
Creighton University NE 77
Crossroads College MN 29
Crown College MN 56
Culinary Institute of America NY 90
Culver-Stockton College MO 59
Cumberland University TN 56
Curry College MA 67
D'Youville College NY 79
Daemen College NY 49
Dakota State University SD 83
Dallas Baptist University TX 42
Dallas Christian College TX 64
Daniel Webster College NH 60
Davenport University MI 92
Davis and Elkins College WV 75
Davis College NY 68
Delaware Valley College PA 74
Delta State University MS 89
DeSales University PA 72
Design Institute of San Diego CA 54
DeVry University - Colorado Springs CO  
DeVry University - Westminster CO  
Dickinson State University ND 46
Dillard University LA 35
Dixie State College UT 100
Doane College NE 72
Dominican College NY 72
Dominican University IL 60
Dominican University of California CA 78
Dowling College NY 79
Drury University MO 73
East Tennessee State University TN 86
East-West University IL 89
Eastern Connecticut State University CT 65
Eastern Illinois University IL 62
Eastern Mennonite University VA 65
Eastern Michigan University MI 61
Eastern Nazarene College MA 63
Eastern New Mexico University NM 63
Eastern University PA 75
Eckerd College FL 72
EDP University of Puerto Rico PR 62
Edward Waters College FL 23
Elmhurst College IL 72
Elmira College NY 80
Elms College MA 75
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach FL 74
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott AZ 79
Emory & Henry College VA 72
Emporia State University KS 61
Erskine College SC 75
Everest University - Melbourne FL  
Everest University - Pompano Beach FL 69
Everest University - Tampa FL 74
Evergreen State College WA 97
Excelsior College NY  
Fairmont State University WV 66
Farmingdale State College NY 51
Faulkner University AL 60
Felician College NJ 63
Ferrum College VA 74
Fisk University TN 20
Fitchburg State University MA 74
Five Towns College NY 55
Florida Career College FL  
Florida Institute of Technology FL 60
Florida International University FL 43
Fontbonne University MO 65
Franciscan University of Steubenville OH 76
Franklin College IN 60
Franklin Pierce University NH 83
Franklin University OH 61
Freed-Hardeman University TN 62
Friends University KS 59
Frostburg State University MD 59
Full Sail University FL  
Gallaudet University DC 65
Gannon University PA 80
Gardner-Webb University NC 48
Geneva College PA 69
Georgian Court University NJ 78
Glenville State College WV 74
Global University MO  
Globe Institute of Technology NY  
Goddard College VT 80
Golden Gate University CA  
Gordon College MA 43
Goshen College IN 55
Grace University NE 64
Graceland University IA 50
Grand Canyon University AZ  
Granite State College NH 100
Grantham University KS  
Green Mountain College VT 76
Greensboro College NC 41
Greenville College IL 55
Griggs University MI 100
Gustavus Adolphus College MN 63
Gwynedd-Mercy College PA 66
Hamilton Technical College IA  
Hannibal-LaGrange University MO 68
Hanover College IN 67
Hardin-Simmons University TX 38
Harding University AR 76
Harrington College of Design IL 89
Harris-Stowe State University MO 100
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology PA  
Hartwick College NY 84
Hawaii Pacific University HI 64
Hellenic College MA 59
Heritage Christian University AL 100
Heritage University WA  
Hilbert College NY 77
Hiram College OH 62
Hobe Sound Bible College FL  
Hodges University FL 96
Hofstra University NY 59
Hollins University VA 69
Holy Apostles College and Seminary CT 100
Holy Cross College IN 73
Holy Family University PA 78
Holy Names University CA 57
Hood College MD 81
Hope College MI 70
Houghton College NY 85
Houston Baptist University TX 36
Howard Payne University TX 54
Humphreys College CA  
Husson University ME 80
Idaho State University ID 92
Illinois Institute of Technology IL 57
Illinois Wesleyan University IL 58
Immaculata University PA 82
Independence University UT  
Indiana Institute of Technology IN 72
Indiana University Bloomington IN 72
Indiana University East IN 54
Indiana University Kokomo IN 74
Indiana University Northwest IN 76
Indiana University of Pennsylvania PA 90
Indiana University South Bend IN 70
Indiana University Southeast IN 79
Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Campus PR 71
Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo Campus PR  
Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Fajardo Campus PR 51
International Academy of Design & Technology IL 52
Iowa Wesleyan College IA 60
Jacksonville State University AL 82
Jacksonville University FL 47
Jamestown College ND 57
Jefferson College of Health Sciences VA 41
John Brown University AR 70
John Carroll University OH 83
Johnson & Wales University FL 58
Johnson & Wales University RI  
Johnson State College VT 86
Jones College FL  
Jones International University CO  
Judson College AL 74
Judson University IL 71
Kansas City Art Institute MO 69
Kansas State University KS 96
Kansas Wesleyan University KS 54
Kean University NJ 80
Keene State College NH 82
Kendall College IL 98
Kent State University OH 83
Kentucky Christian University KY 51
Kentucky Mountain Bible College KY 54
Kentucky State University KY 38
Kettering University MI 65
Keuka College NY 88
Keystone College PA 72
King College TN 64
King's College PA 72
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania PA 75
Kuyper College MI  
La Roche College PA 56
La Salle University PA 81
La Sierra University CA 47
LaGrange College GA 58
Laguna College of Art + Design CA 88
Lake Erie College OH 56
Lake Superior State University MI 90
Lakeland College WI 77
Lancaster Bible College PA 57
Lander University SC 42
Lane College TN 33
Langston University OK 51
Lasell College MA 76
Lawrence Technological University MI 58
Le Moyne College NY 62
Lebanon Valley College PA 67
Lees-McRae College NC 66
Lehman College (City University of New York) NY 23
Lesley University MA 67
LeTourneau University TX 41
Liberty University VA 21
LIM College NY 75
Limestone College SC 54
Lincoln Christian University IL 69
Lincoln Memorial University TN 70
Lincoln University PA 61
Lindenwood University MO 66
Lindsey Wilson College KY 70
Lipscomb University TN 53
LIU Brooklyn NY 87
LIU Post NY 81
Livingstone College NC 72
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania PA 56
Loras College IA 69
Louisiana State University Shreveport LA 89
Lourdes University OH 68
Loyola University New Orleans LA 87
Luther College IA 72
Luther Rice University GA 81
Lycoming College PA 72
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts CT 41
Lynchburg College VA 64
Lyndon State College VT 93
Lyon College AR 59
Machzikei Hadath Rabbinical College NY  
MacMurray College IL 77
Madonna University MI 62
Maine Maritime Academy ME 29
Malone University OH 72
Manchester University IN 71
Manhattan College NY 66
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania PA 92
Maranatha Baptist Bible College WI 17
Marian University IN  
Mars Hill University NC 64
Marshall University WV 79
Martin University IN 96
Mary Baldwin College VA 54
Marylhurst University OR 70
Marymount Manhattan College NY 75
Marymount University VA 83
Maryville College TN 73
Maryville University of Saint Louis MO 76
Marywood University PA 70
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts MA 67
Massachusetts Maritime Academy MA 59
Mayville State University ND 51
McKendree University IL 63
McNeese State University LA 60
McPherson College KS 63
Medgar Evers College (City University of New York) NY 100
Memphis College of Art TN 40
Mercy College NY 63
Mercyhurst University PA 75
Mesivta Torah Vodaath Seminary NY  
Messiah College PA 66
Methodist University NC 63
Michigan Jewish Institute MI  
Michigan State University MI 69
Michigan Technological University MI 78
Mid-America Christian University OK  
Middle Tennessee State University TN 70
Midland University NE 88
Midstate College IL  
Midway College KY  
Millersville University of Pennsylvania PA 63
Millikin University IL 55
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design WI 60
Minnesota School of Business - Blaine MN  
Minnesota State University Mankato MN 61
Minot State University ND 57
Misericordia University PA 65
Mississippi College MS 58
Mississippi University for Women MS 43
Mississippi Valley State University MS 23
Missouri Baptist University MO 61
Missouri Tech MO  
Missouri Valley College MO 57
Mitchell College CT 59
Molloy College NY 73
Monmouth College IL 64
Montana State University MT 85
Montana State University - Northern MT 64
Montana Tech of the University of Montana MT 88
Montserrat College of Art MA 79
Morehead State University KY 83
Morningside College IA 53
Morris College SC 92
Mount Aloysius College PA 71
Mount Ida College MA 75
Mount Marty College SD 72
Mount Mary University WI 54
Mount St. Mary College NY 86
Murray State University KY 82
Naropa University CO 80
National American University - Rapid City SD  
National American University - Rio Rancho NM  
National Louis University IL 30
National University CA 100
Nebraska Methodist College NE 33
Ner Israel Rabbinical College MD  
Neumann University PA 94
Neumont University UT 80
New England College NH 90
New England School of Communications ME 61
New Mexico Highlands University NM 100
New York Institute of Technology NY 74
Newberry College SC 59
Newbury College MA 62
Newman University KS 44
NewSchool of Architecture & Design CA 79
Niagara University NY 66
Nicholls State University LA 87
Nichols College MA 74
North Carolina A&T State University NC 55
North Carolina Wesleyan College NC 47
North Central College IL 64
North Park University IL 52
Northern Arizona University AZ 91
Northland College WI 59
Northwest Christian University OR 70
Northwest Missouri State University MO 73
Northwestern College IA 76
Northwestern Oklahoma State University OK 65
Norwich University VT 63
Notre Dame College OH 52
Notre Dame de Namur University CA 87
Notre Dame of Maryland University MD 50
Nova Southeastern University FL 57
Nyack College NY 97
Oak Hills Christian College MN 56
Oakland University MI 66
Oakwood University AL 57
Oglethorpe University GA 56
Ohio Christian University OH  
Ohio Dominican University OH 49
Ohio Mid-Western College OH  
Ohio University Eastern OH  
Ohio University Lancaster OH  
Ohio University Southern OH 100
Ohio University Zanesville OH 91
Ohr Somayach/Joseph Tanenbaum Educational Center NY 60
Oklahoma Baptist University OK 56
Oklahoma Christian University OK 63
Oklahoma Panhandle State University OK 100
Oklahoma State University OK 76
Oklahoma Wesleyan University OK 49
Olivet College MI 53
Olivet Nazarene University IL 79
Oregon College of Art & Craft OR 27
Otis College of Art and Design CA 46
Ottawa University KS 70
Pace University NY 81
Pacific Lutheran University WA 77
Pacific Northwest College of Art OR 65
Pacific States University CA  
Pacific University OR 86
Palm Beach Atlantic University FL 84
Patten University CA  
Paul Smith's College NY 86
Penn State Abington PA 78
Penn State Altoona PA 87
Penn State Beaver PA 85
Penn State Berks PA 85
Penn State Brandywine PA 81
Penn State DuBois PA 87
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College PA 84
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus PA 84
Penn State Greater Allegheny PA 77
Penn State Harrisburg PA 83
Penn State Hazleton PA 84
Penn State Lehigh Valley PA 86
Penn State Mont Alto PA 81
Penn State New Kensington PA 79
Penn State Schuylkill PA 72
Penn State Shenango PA 77
Penn State University Park PA 55
Penn State Worthington Scranton PA 80
Penn State York PA 82
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design PA 36
Peru State College NE 49
Pfeiffer University NC 71
Philadelphia University PA 63
Piedmont International University NC 49
Pine Manor College MA 64
Pittsburg State University KS 79
Platt College CO  
Point Park University PA 74
Point University GA 54
Portland State University OR  
Post University CT 13
Prescott College AZ 73
Presentation College SD 74
Principia College IL 84
Purchase College NY 33
Queens University of Charlotte NC 53
Quincy University IL 89
Quinnipiac CT  
Rabbinical College of America NJ 100
Rasmussen College - Lake Elmo/Woodbury MN  
Regent University VA 89
Regis College MA 72
Regis University CO 92
Reinhardt University GA 59
Rider University NJ 69
Ringling College of Art and Design FL 73
Ripon College WI 75
Rivier University NH 24
Robert Morris University PA  
Roberts Wesleyan College NY 73
Rochester College MI 80
Rockford University IL 41
Rocky Mountain College MT 67
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design CO 89
Rogers State University OK 54
Rosemont College PA 58
Rust College MS 9
Rutgers NJ  
Saginaw Valley State University MI 79
Saint Francis University PA 76
Saint Joseph Seminary College LA  
Saint Leo University FL 77
Saint Louis University MO 64
Saint Martin's University WA 88
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College IN 98
Saint Mary's College IN 86
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota MN 75
Saint Peter's University NJ 54
Saint Vincent College PA 69
Saint Xavier University IL 83
Salem College NC 60
Salem State University MA 72
Salish Kootenai College MT 64
Samford University AL 77
San Francisco Art Institute CA 83
Santa Fe University of Art and Design NM 100
Savannah College of Art and Design GA 65
Schiller International University FL  
School of the Museum of Fine Arts MA 78
School of Visual Arts NY 74
Seton Hill University PA 59
Shasta Bible College CA 83
Shawnee State University OH 83
Shenandoah University VA 84
Shepherd University WV 94
Shimer College IL 74
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania PA 83
Siena Heights University MI 68
Sierra Nevada College NV 87
Simpson College IA 88
Simpson University CA 55
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania PA 67
Sojourner-Douglass College MD  
Sonoma State University CA 90
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology SD 86
South Dakota State University SD 92
Southeast Missouri State University MO 85
Southeastern Baptist College MS  
Southeastern Oklahoma State University OK 80
Southern Adventist University TN 80
Southern Connecticut State University CT 75
Southern Illinois University Carbondale IL 79
Southern New Hampshire University NH 79
Southern Oregon University OR 93
Southern Vermont College VT 75
Southwest Baptist University MO 72
Southwest University of Visual Arts AZ  
Southwestern Assemblies of God University TX  
Southwestern Christian University OK  
Southwestern University TX 52
Spalding University KY 81
Spring Hill College AL 46
Springfield College MA  
St. Ambrose University IA 73
St. Andrews University NC 64
St. Augustine College IL  
St. Augustine's University NC 67
St. Bonaventure University NY 80
St. Catherine University MN 59
St. Gregory's University OK 57
St. John Fisher College NY 63
St. John Vianney College Seminary FL 100
St. John's College NM 82
St. John's College MD  
St. John's University NY 53
St. Joseph's College IN 64
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn Campus NY 73
St. Joseph's College - Long Island Campus NY 78
St. Mary's University TX 58
St. Norbert College WI 82
St. Thomas Aquinas College NY 82
State University of New York at Fredonia NY 52
State University of New York at Oswego NY 49
State University of New York College at Cortland NY 47
State University of New York College at Oneonta NY 43
State University of New York College at Potsdam NY 68
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill NY 73
State University of New York Institute of Technology NY 48
State University of New York Plattsburgh NY 46
Stephen F. Austin State University TX 57
Stephens College MO 63
Sterling College KS 44
Sterling College VT 91
Stetson University FL 59
Stevens-Henager College UT  
Stevenson University MD 60
Stillman College AL 44
Sul Ross State University TX 54
Sullivan University KY 80
SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary CA 59
Tabor College KS 74
Talladega College AL 51
Talmudic University FL 80
Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York NY 100
Taylor University IN 88
Tennessee Wesleyan College TN 71
Texas A&M University - Galveston TX 50
Texas A&M University - Kingsville TX 88
Texas College TX  
Texas Lutheran University TX 51
Texas Wesleyan University TX 46
The Citadel SC 80
The King's College NY 71
Thiel College PA 65
Thomas Aquinas College CA 81
Thomas College ME 81
Thomas Edison State College NJ  
Thomas Jefferson University PA  
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts NH 70
Thomas University GA  
Tiffin University OH 59
Toccoa Falls College GA  
Tougaloo College MS 99
Touro College NY 57
Trident University International CA  
Trinity Baptist College FL  
Trinity Bible College ND  
Trinity Christian College IL 79
Trinity International University IL 63
Troy University AL 67
Truman State University MO 72
Tusculum College TN 72
Union College KY 75
Union College NY  
Union Institute & University OH  
Union University TN 74
United States Coast Guard Academy CT 16
Unity College ME 89
Universidad del Turabo PR 40
University at Buffalo NY 57
University of Advancing Technology AZ  
University of Alabama at Birmingham AL 87
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith AR 57
University of Arkansas at Little Rock AR 64
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff AR 30
University of Baltimore MD 60
University of Bridgeport CT 64
University of Central Arkansas AR 92
University of Central Missouri MO 81
University of Central Oklahoma OK 80
University of Charleston WV 69
University of Cincinnati OH 73
University of Colorado Colorado Springs CO 89
University of Colorado Denver CO 69
University of Detroit Mercy MI  
University of Dubuque IA 80
University of Findlay OH 66
University of Great Falls MT  
University of Illinois at Springfield IL 60
University of Indianapolis IN 81
University of La Verne CA 34
University of Louisiana at Lafayette LA 60
University of Louisiana at Monroe LA 77
University of Maine ME 83
University of Maine at Farmington ME 86
University of Maine at Fort Kent ME 63
University of Maine at Machias ME 85
University of Maine at Presque Isle ME 78
University of Mary ND 75
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor TX 85
University of Maryland University College MD 100
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth MA 75
University of Michigan - Dearborn MI 60
University of Michigan - Flint MI 78
University of Minnesota, Crookston MN 69
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities MN 44
University of Mississippi MS 59
University of Missouri - Columbia MO 79
University of Missouri - Kansas City MO 65
University of Missouri - St. Louis MO 74
University of Mobile AL 71
University of Montana Western MT 75
University of Mount Union OH 71
University of New Haven CT 74
University of New Mexico NM 57
University of New Orleans LA 50
University of North Alabama AL 73
University of North Carolina at Pembroke NC 72
University of North Florida FL 53
University of Phoenix AZ  
University of Pittsburgh PA 54
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford PA 65
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg PA 91
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown PA 88
University of Portland OR 67
University of Puerto Rico at Utuado PR 45
University of Rio Grande OH 44
University of Saint Joseph CT 64
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma OK 62
University of Sioux Falls SD 97
University of South Carolina Beaufort SC 75
University of South Dakota SD 88
University of Southern Maine ME 82
University of St. Francis IL  
University of St. Mary KS 47
University of St. Thomas MN  
University of Tampa FL 52
University of Tennessee at Martin TN 77
University of Texas of the Permian Basin TX 82
University of the Arts PA 75
University of the Cumberlands KY 71
University of the Incarnate Word TX 93
University of the Potomac DC 100
University of the Sciences PA 61
University of the Southwest NM 50
University of Toledo OH 91
University of Tulsa OK 41
University of Washington Bothell WA 72
University of West Alabama AL 61
University of West Georgia GA 54
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire WI 80
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay WI 66
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse WI 76
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee WI 88
University of Wisconsin - River Falls WI 73
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point WI 75
University of Wisconsin - Stout WI 82
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater WI 71
University of Wyoming WY 96
Upper Iowa University IA 58
Urbana University OH 65
Ursuline College OH 58
Utah State University UT 98
Utica College NY 85
Valdosta State University GA 55
Valley City State University ND 83
Valparaiso University IN 80
Vanguard University of Southern California CA 66
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology NY 77
Vermont Technical College VT 67
Virginia Union University VA 83
Virginia University of Lynchburg VA  
Virginia Wesleyan College VA 93
Voorhees College SC 51
Waldorf College IA 51
Walla Walla University WA 89
Walsh University OH 77
Warner Pacific College OR 53
Warner University FL 58
Warren Wilson College NC 70
Wartburg College IA 78
Washington State University WA 82
Wayne State College NE 100
Wayne State University MI 76
Waynesburg University PA 83
Webster University MO 57
Welch College TN 52
Wentworth Institute of Technology MA 57
Wesley College DE 63
West Chester University of Pennsylvania PA 52
West Texas A&M University TX 74
West Virginia University Institute of Technology WV 49
Western Connecticut State University CT 65
Western International University AZ  
Western Michigan University MI 83
Western New England University MA 82
Western Oregon University OR 91
Western State Colorado University CO 92
Westminster College PA 61
Westminster College UT  
Wheeling Jesuit University WV 63
Wheelock College MA 73
Whittier College CA 63
Wichita State University KS 96
Widener University PA 67
Wilkes University PA 80
William Carey University MS 93
William Jewell College MO 58
William Paterson University NJ 68
William Peace University NC 91
William Woods University MO 80
Williams Baptist College AR  
Wilmington University DE 97
Wilson College PA 53
Wingate University NC 79
Woodbury University CA 58
World College VA  
Wright State University OH 96
Xavier University OH 70
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary CA 100
York College NE 60
York College PA  


If you're interested in any of these schools, you should set a deadline for yourself and stick to it! If these schools aren't on your college list, they could be a good fallback option if, worst case scenario, your other schools don't work out. Treat schools with rolling admissions as if they have a fall or winter deadline, but keep in mind there are some that will accept late applications if you need to send one off last minute. 


When Should You Apply Under Rolling Admission?

Because rolling admissions is done on a first come, first served basis, it's a good idea to get your application in as early as you can. Not only will submitting early ensure available space, but it will also demonstrate your enthusiasm for the school to the admissions committee.

If you're really hoping to get in (which presumably you are for any school on your college list), then you should apply at least within the first half of the application window. By January should be a safe bet, but earlier in the fall could be even better if you're ready. 

Besides the motivation of finding out early and expressing your excitement about the school, you might also apply early in the window of time to meet a priority deadline. Penn State, for instance, has rolling admission starting September 1. It also lists a priority deadline of November 30, stating that applicants who apply by then will have a competitive edge.

So much for rolling admission not having a deadline. If you really want to get in and your school has a priority deadline, you should take all necessary steps to meet it. Even if there's no priority deadline, you should set one for yourself. Otherwise it could be all too easy to keep putting it off.

Not only could applying late in senior year hurt your chances of admission, but you could end up forgetting to complete certain key requirements. There are a few pieces of your application that take at least a few months of prepping and planning. The main ones are your SAT/ACT scores, recommendation letters, and personal essay (or essays).




When to Prepare Your Application

Don't be fooled by a lack of deadline! There are still plenty of pieces to your application that require months of planning and preparation. The ones that especially call for forethought are your SAT or ACT, recommendation letters, and personal essay.

If your school has a priority deadline in November, then your last chance to take the ACT or SAT would be in September or October of senior year. Ideally, you'd have your test scores all set by the end of junior year. This means you could take the test in the fall of junior year and again in the spring, or even start as early as sophomore year for extra opportunities to test. While your school may have rolling admission, you'll still be prepping for your app in junior or even sophomore year.

Another piece of your application that can't be left last minute is your letters of recommendations. Try to ask your teachers and counselor a month before you apply. You might also ask at the end of junior year. Besides making the request, you also want to spend some time filling out a detailed "brag sheet" and reflecting on what would go into your ideal rec letter.

Finally, you could work on your personal essay over the summer. Just taking the time to mull over topics for a few weeks is a key part of the writing process. Even if it doesn't feel like you're getting anywhere, your subconscious is turning over some good ideas!

Then you want to spend time drafting, revising, and getting feedback from others. Some students end up changing their topics, so you want to have time to switch tracks in case you're struck with new inspiration. 

The application itself also takes time, as well as requesting documents from your school, like your official transcript. Setting a deadline for yourself will help you plan out each step and stay accountable. Remember, the sooner you apply, the sooner you'll hear back about the admissions decision!


What's Next?

Learn more about college deadlines with our in-depth guides. This article goes more in-depth about the different options: rolling admission, regular decision, early action, and early decision

If you're interested in early admissions, check out these guides. Here are all the schools that offer early action and their deadlines, plus all the colleges with early decision and their deadlines


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