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Colleges With Late Application Deadlines: Complete List

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 24, 2020 8:30:00 AM

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If you're wondering whether there are any colleges with late application deadlines, you're in luck! Lots of colleges have application deadlines in February or later, and many more keep rolling admissions open until all their spots have been filled.

Here, we give you a full list of colleges with late application deadlines. But before diving into this list, let's consider an important question: what exactly is considered a normal deadline?


When Are Most College Deadlines?

As you'll see in a moment, there's a lot of variation when it comes to college deadlines. Early deadlines can be in November when you're just a couple of months into senior year. By contrast, especially late deadlines can go right up until the start of a college semester!

The majority of college deadlines will fall in November or January of your senior year. Most regular decision deadlines are in January, typically on January 1 or January 15. You'll apply right around the new year and usually get your admissions decision in March or April.

Many schools also offer an early action and/or early decision deadline for students who are ready to apply earlier (and ready to hear back earlier, too). These deadlines tend to be November 1 or November 15, and students usually hear back by mid-December.

While these typical deadlines are in November or January, most of the work starts long before. To apply, you need to be ready with letters of recommendation, essays, and your SAT/ACT scores, all of which take months to years of preparation.

If you're not ready with all these components, you might look for colleges with later application deadlines. But what are some other reasons you might be looking to apply later than January?



Since Dumbledore stopped lending out his time-turner after the whole Prisoner of Azkaban debacle, your best option for buying extra time is with a late application deadline.


Who Would Benefit From Late Application Deadlines?

If you're reading this article, you might have a very specific reason you searched for "colleges with late application deadlines." Maybe you'd like another opportunity to take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or ACT to achieve your target scores. Or maybe you're hoping to bring up your GPA with grades from the first semester of senior year. By applying later, you might be able to include part of senior year on your transcript.

Another possible reason could be that you're looking to add some more options to your college list. Maybe you've rethought your choices or received a rejection from an early decision school. By applying to some more schools, you might end up going somewhere you didn't initially expect to.

Regardless of whether you slacked off during the "normal" application season or just want to add another option to your plans, you'll find that there are many colleges accepting applications in February and later.

Below is a list of schools with deadlines after February 1, followed by colleges that might also be a good option for you because they use rolling admissions.


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List of Colleges With Late Application Deadlines

The following colleges offer late application deadlines in February, March, April, May, June, July, and August! This full list of colleges with late application deadlines is organized by month; you can either scroll through it or look for a specific school by using the ctrl + F function on your keyboard. All data comes from the College Board's BigFuture.

Note that some of these schools have earlier priority deadlines for things such as scholarships and financial aid.


Colleges With February Deadlines

College Application Deadline
Abilene Christian University 2/15
Allegheny College 2/15
Assumption College 2/15
Baylor University 2/1
Birmingham-Southern College 2/1
Brigham Young University 2/1
Brigham Young University–Hawaii 2/15
Brigham Young University–Idaho 2/1
Bryant University 2/3
Butler University 2/1
Catholic University of America 2/15
Champlain College 2/1
Christopher Newport University 2/1
City University of New York: Baruch College 2/1
College of the Atlantic 2/15
College of Wooster 2/15
Colorado State University 2/1
Creighton University 2/15
DePaul University 2/1
DePauw University 2/1
Dickinson College 2/1
Drew University 2/15
Earlham College 2/15
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne 2/1
Emmanuel College (Massachusetts) 2/15
Endicott College 2/15
Gettysburg College 2/1
Gonzaga University 2/1
Grove City College 2/1
Guilford College 2/15
Hillsdale College 2/15
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 2/1
Hope International University 2/1
Howard University 2/15
Iona College 2/15
Ithaca College 2/1
Jewish Theological Seminary of America 2/15
Knox College 2/1
La Sierra University 2/1
Marist College 2/1
Maryland Institute College of Art 2/1
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2/1
MCPHS University 2/1
Meredith College 2/15
Merrimack College 2/15
Miami University: Oxford 2/1
Morehouse College 2/15
Muhlenberg College 2/15
Nazareth College 2/15
North Carolina State University 2/1
Ohio State University: Columbus Campus 2/1
Old Dominion University 2/1
Pace University 2/15
Pace University: Pleasantville/Briarcliff 2/15
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences 2/1
Queen's University 2/15
Quinnipiac University 2/1
Radford University 2/1
Randolph College 2/1
Rhode Island School of Design 2/1
Roger Williams University 2/1
Rollins College 2/15
Saint Anselm College 2/1
Saint Michael's College 2/1
Sewanee: The University of the South 2/1
Siena College 2/15
Simmons College 2/1
Spelman College 2/1
St. Lawrence University 2/1
St. Mary's College of California 2/1
Stevens Institute of Technology 2/1
Suffolk University 2/1
SUNY University at Stony Brook 2/1
Susquehanna University 2/15
Texas Christian University 2/15
Towson University 2/15
Transylvania University 2/1
Trinity University 2/1
United States Coast Guard Academy 2/1
United States Military Academy 2/28
Unity College 2/15
University of British Columbia 2/2
University of Cincinnati 2/1
University of Kentucky 2/15
University of Mary Washington 2/1
University of Maryland: Baltimore County 2/1
University of Massachusetts Lowell 2/15
University of Michigan 2/1
University of New England 2/15
University of New Hampshire 2/1
University of North Carolina at Asheville 2/15
University of North Carolina at Wilmington 2/1
University of Portland 2/1
University of Puerto Rico: Medical Sciences 2/15
University of Rhode Island 2/1
University of Wisconsin–Madison 2/1
Ursinus College 2/15
Virginia Military Institute 2/1
Wagner College 2/15
Washington College 2/15
Webb Institute 2/15
Wofford College 2/1
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2/1



Ready for March Madness? This next list features all the colleges with March application deadlines.


Colleges With March Deadlines

College Application Deadline
Adrian College 3/15
Appalachian State University 3/15
Arcadia University 3/1
Boston Baptist College 3/15
California State University: Bakersfield 3/1
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science 3/1
Coe College 3/1
Colorado School of Mines 3/1
Columbia College of Nursing 3/1
East Carolina University 3/15
Elmira College 3/15
Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico 3/26
Flagler College 3/1
Georgia State University 3/1
Great Lakes Christian College 3/1
Gutenberg College 3/1
Hampden-Sydney College 3/1
Hampton University 3/1
Hanover College 3/1
Illinois State University 3/1
John Cabot University 3/1
Juniata College 3/15
Lewis & Clark College 3/1
Lycoming College 3/1
Maine Maritime Academy 3/1
Manhattanville College 3/1
Marygrove College 3/15
Monmouth University 3/1
Montclair State University 3/1
Moody Bible Institute 3/1
Moravian College 3/1
Mount St. Mary's University 3/1
New Jersey Institute of Technology 3/1
Ramapo College of New Jersey 3/1
Randolph-Macon College 3/1
Rhode Island College 3/15
Roanoke College 3/15
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 3/1
Rowan University 3/1
SUNY Downstate Medical Center 3/1
SUNY University at Albany 3/1
Temple University 3/1
United States Merchant Marine Academy 3/1
University of Dallas 3/1
University of Dayton 3/1
University of Hawaii at Manoa 3/1
University of Minnesota: Morris 3/15
University of North Carolina at Greensboro 3/1
University of North Carolina School of the Arts 3/15
University of Scranton 3/1
University of South Florida 3/1
University of Toronto 3/1
University of Waterloo 3/28
Vanguard University of Southern California 3/2
Washington & Jefferson College 3/1
Wells College 3/1
Western Carolina University 3/1
Westfield State University 3/1
Whitworth University 3/1
Winston-Salem State University 3/15



As you move into the spring of senior year, there are still colleges that will accept your application for the fall semester.


Colleges With April Deadlines

College Application Deadline
Bastyr University 4/15
Berea College 4/30
College of Charleston 4/1
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 4/1
Family of Faith College 4/1
Georgia College and State University 4/1
Gustavus Adolphus College 4/1
Johns Hopkins University: Peabody Conservatory of Music 4/1
Keene State College 4/1
Lakeview College of Nursing 4/1
Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College 4/15
Mannes School of Music: The New School 4/1
Methodist College 4/15
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 4/1
Morgan State University 4/15
Mount Carmel College of Nursing 4/1
New College of Florida 4/15
New Jersey City University 4/1
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 4/1
North Park University 4/1
Plymouth State University 4/1
Point Loma Nazarene University 4/1
Resurrection University 4/1
Salem State University 4/15
Simon Fraser University 4/30
Singapore Management University 4/1
Springfield College 4/1
St. Vincent College 4/1
SUNY College at New Paltz 4/1
Universidad Central del Caribe 4/1
University of Houston 4/1
University of Iowa 4/1
University of Kansas 4/1
University of Massachusetts Boston 4/1
University of New Hampshire at Manchester 4/1
University of Oklahoma 4/1
University of South Florida: Saint Petersburg 4/15
University of Utah 4/1
University of the Virgin Islands 4/30



April showers bring May application deadlines.


Colleges With May Deadlines

College Application Deadline
Al Akhawayn University 5/31
American Jewish University 5/31
American University in Cairo 5/15
Aurora University 5/1
Austin College 5/1
Baptist College of Health Sciences 5/1
Bard College at Simon's Rock 5/1
Bayamon Central University 5/6
Bridgewater College 5/1
California State Polytechnic University: Pomona 5/1
Canisius College 5/1
Capital University 5/1
Carroll College 5/1
City University of New York: John Jay College of Criminal Justice 5/31
Clemson University 5/1
College of Saint Rose 5/1
Delaware Valley University 5/1
Eastern Washington University 5/15
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 5/15
Florida Atlantic University 5/1
Florida Gulf Coast University 5/1
Georgia Southern University 5/1
Grand Valley State University 5/1
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary 5/1
Huston-Tillotson University 5/1
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis 5/1
Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris 5/2
Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Aguadilla Campus 5/15
Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Bayamon Campus 5/1
Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Fajardo Campus 5/15
Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Metropolitan Campus 5/15
Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Ponce Campus 5/15
Inter American University of Puerto Rico: San German Campus 5/15
Johnson University: Florida 5/1
Kean University 5/31
Kennesaw State University 5/8
Life Pacific College 5/3
Marietta College 5/1
Massachusetts Maritime Academy 5/1
McNally Smith College of Music 5/1
Norfolk State University 5/31
Olivet Nazarene University 5/15
Philander Smith College 5/1
Regent University 5/1
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 5/1
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 5/1
Southeastern University 5/1
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 5/1
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 5/1
Southern Utah University 5/1
St. Edward's University 5/1
St. Mary's University of Minnesota 5/1
Texas State University 5/1
Touro University Worldwide 5/15
Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila 5/8
University College of San Juan 5/1
University of Alberta 5/1
University of Arizona 5/1
University of Central Florida 5/1
University of Nebraska–Lincoln 5/1
University of Nevada: Reno 5/31
University of New Mexico 5/1
University of South Florida: Sarasota-Manatee 5/1
University of St. Thomas 5/1
Virginia State University 5/1
Westminster College (Pennsylvania) 5/1
Wilberforce University 5/1
Winthrop University 5/1
Worcester State University 5/1
Yonsei University 5/15




If you're interested in any of the schools on this next list, you could apply right around the time you graduate from high school.


Colleges With June Deadlines

College Deadline
Art Academy of Cincinnati 6/30
Auburn University 6/1
Augusta University 6/1
Azusa Pacific University 6/1
Central Connecticut State University 6/1
Clark Atlanta University 6/1
Columbia University: School of General Studies 6/1
Columbus State University 6/30
Elizabeth City State University 6/30
Georgia Gwinnett College 6/1
Grace Bible College 6/1
Haskell Indian Nations University 6/1
Hendrix College 6/1
Jacksonville University 6/1
Johnson University 6/1
Keystone College 6/1
Lubbock Christian University 6/1
Medical University of South Carolina 6/30
Mercy College of Health Sciences 6/15
Metropolitan State University 6/15
North Central University 6/1
Oregon State University 6/1
Patrick Henry College 6/15
Prairie View A&M University 6/1
Presbyterian College 6/30
Regis College 6/1
Roseman University of Health Sciences 6/1
Shiloh University 6/6
Southwestern Adventist University 6/1
St. Luke's College 6/30
University of Alaska Anchorage 6/15
University of Houston–Clear Lake 6/1
University of Texas at San Antonio 6/1
University of the District of Columbia 6/14
University of the Sacred Heart 6/30
University of Washington Tacoma 6/1
University of West Florida 6/30
University of West Georgia 6/1
Valdosta State University 6/15
Virginia Union University 6/30
Visible Music College 6/30
Wesleyan College 6/1
William Paterson University of New Jersey 6/1


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If you don't mind bringing your work to the beach, you could apply to any of the colleges below that have a July deadline.


Colleges With July Deadlines 

College Deadline
Adventist University of Health Sciences 7/1
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University 7/15
Alabama State University 7/31
Albany State University 7/1
Allen University 7/31
Anderson University 7/1
Berry College 7/25
Bethany Lutheran College 7/1
Black Hills State University 7/15
Bowling Green State University 7/15
California Institute of Integral Studies 7/22
Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary 7/15
Central Michigan University 7/1
Cincinnati Christian University 7/1
College for Creative Studies 7/1
College of Idaho 7/15
Conception Seminary College 7/31
Coppin State University 7/15
Dallas Christian College 7/15
Dalton State College 7/1
Dillard University 7/1
Divine Word College 7/15
Dominican University 7/1
Dordt College 7/31
Duquesne University 7/1
Fayetteville State University 7/1
Fort Valley State University 7/15
Fresno Pacific University 7/31
Georgia Southwestern State University 7/21
Henderson State University 7/15
Heritage Christian University 7/1
High Point University 7/1
Iowa State University 7/1
Lane College 7/1
Lebanese American University 7/31
Louisiana Tech University 7/31
Machzikei Hadath Rabbinical College 7/1
Manhattan Christian College 7/1
Mercer University 7/1
Metropolitan State University of Denver 7/1
Millsaps College 7/1
Missouri State University 7/20
Missouri University of Science and Technology 7/1
Montana Bible College 7/15
Mount Angel Seminary 7/1
Mount Vernon Nazarene University 7/15
Northeastern Illinois University 7/1
Northwestern State University 7/6
Nova Southeastern University 7/28
O'More College of Design 7/31
Our Lady of the Lake College 7/1
Paine College 7/1
Piedmont College 7/1
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico 7/15
Rabbinical Seminary of America 7/1
Saint Bonaventure University 7/1
Saint Martin's University 7/31
Samford University 7/1
Savannah State University 7/15
Shaw University 7/30
Silicon Valley University 7/1
South Carolina State University 7/31
Southeast Missouri State University 7/1
Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College 7/1
Spring Hill College 7/15
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary–Overbrook 7/15
St. Francis University 7/30
St. John Vianney College Seminary 7/15
SUNY College at Purchase 7/15
SUNY Farmingdale State College 7/1
Tarleton State University 7/21
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi 7/1
Texas A&M University–Galveston 7/31
Texas Woman's University 7/15
Tuskegee University 7/15
University of Akron 7/1
University of Canterbury 7/1
University of Detroit Mercy 7/1
University of Greenwich 7/31
University of Hawaii at Hilo 7/1
University of Houston-Downtown 7/1
University of Maryland: Eastern Shore 7/15
University of Memphis 7/1
University of Nevada: Las Vegas 7/1
University of New Orleans 7/25
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 7/1
University of North Carolina at Pembroke 7/31
University of North Georgia 7/1
University of South Alabama 7/15
University of Texas at Dallas 7/1
University of Texas at El Paso 7/31
University of Wisconsin–Parkside 7/15
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film 7/15
Winona State University 7/12
Xavier University of Louisiana 7/1




These next schools let you go down to the wire with August application deadlines.


Colleges With August Deadlines

College Deadline
Alaska Pacific University 8/15
Alfred University 8/1
Allen College 8/1
American Baptist College 8/1
American University in Dubai 8/10
Angelo State University 8/23
Arizona Christian University 8/15
Arkansas State University 8/17
Auburn University at Montgomery 8/1
Augsburg College 8/1
Austin Peay State University 8/5
Ball State University 8/15
Baptist College of Florida 8/15
Bellarmine University 8/15
Belmont Abbey College 8/1
Belmont University 8/1
Beth Medrash Govoha 8/15
Bethel College (Indiana) 8/15
Bethel College (Kansas) 8/1
Bloomfield College 8/1
Bluefield College 8/31
Bluffton University 8/15
Bob Jones University 8/1
Boise Bible College 8/1
Bradley University 8/15
Brewton-Parker College 8/1
California State University: East Bay 8/31
California University of Pennsylvania 8/22
Calvin College 8/15
Carson-Newman University 8/1
Centenary College of Louisiana 8/1
Central Baptist College 8/15
Central College 8/15
Central Methodist University 8/1
Chatham University 8/1
Claflin University 8/1
Clarion University of Pennsylvania 8/1
Cleveland State University 8/15
Coastal Carolina University 8/1
Coker College 8/1
College of St. Elizabeth 8/15
Colorado State University: Pueblo 8/1
Columbia College 8/15
Columbia International University 8/1
Columbus College of Art and Design 8/22
Concordia University (Nebraska) 8/1
Concordia University St. Paul 8/1
Concordia University Texas 8/1
Concordia University Wisconsin 8/15
Corban University 8/1
Cornerstone University 8/15
Cornish College of the Arts 8/15
Cox College 8/1
Crossroads College 8/15
Culver-Stockton College 8/1
Dakota Wesleyan University 8/25
DeSales University 8/1
Drury University 8/1
East Texas Baptist University 8/15
Eastern Illinois University 8/15
Eastern Kentucky University 8/1
Ecclesia College 8/22
Edgewood College 8/14
Emmanuel College (Georgia) 8/1
Eureka College 8/1
Fairmont State University 8/15
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 8/1
Ferris State University 8/1
Florida College 8/1
Fontbonne University 8/1
Fort Lewis College 8/1
Francis Marion University 8/15
Georgetown College 8/1
Georgian Court University 8/1
Gordon College 8/1
Goshen College 8/1
Grace College 8/1
Grambling State University 8/15
Grand View University 8/15
Gwynedd Mercy University 8/20
Heidelberg University 8/1
Hellenic College/Holy Cross 8/1
Hilbert College 8/15
Hobe Sound Bible College 8/25
Holy Cross College 8/15
Holy Names University 8/15
Huntington University 8/1
Husson University 8/15
Indiana State University 8/15
Indiana University Kokomo 8/6
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne 8/1
Institute of American Indian Arts 8/4
Jackson State University 8/1
Kansas City Art Institute 8/1
Kent State University 8/1
Koc University 8/1
Laguna College of Art and Design 8/1
Lake Erie College 8/1
Lamar University 8/1
Langston University 8/17
Laurel University 8/8
Limestone College 8/26
Louisiana College 8/15
Marian University 8/1
Martin Methodist College 8/1
Maryville University of Saint Louis 8/15
McMurry University 8/15
Mercy College of Ohio 8/1
MidAmerica Nazarene University 8/1
Midwestern State University 8/7
Milligan College 8/1
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 8/1
Minnesota State University Moorhead 8/1
Mississippi Valley State University 8/17
Mount Marty College 8/30
Mount Mercy University 8/15
Mount Saint Mary College 8/15
Mount St. Joseph University 8/1
Mount Saint Mary's University 8/1
Murray State University 8/15
Muskingum University 8/1
Nebraska Christian College 8/1
Nevada State College 8/1
New Hope Christian College 8/1
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 8/1
New Saint Andrews College 8/1
Niagara University 8/1
North Carolina Central University 8/1
North Dakota State University 8/1
North Greenville University 8/26
Northern Illinois University 8/1
Northern Kentucky University 8/20
Northwest Nazarene University 8/15
Northwest University 8/1
Northwestern Polytechnic University 8/29
Northwood University: Texas 8/1
Ohio Northern University 8/15
Oklahoma Baptist University 8/1
Oklahoma City University 8/15
Pacific University 8/15
Park University 8/1
Pillar College 8/30
Point University 8/3
Prescott College 8/15
Purdue University Calumet 8/1
Queens University of Charlotte 8/1
Rabbinical College of Telshe 8/15
Regis University 8/1
Roberts Wesleyan College 8/15
Sacred Heart Major Seminary 8/15
Saint Cloud State University 8/1
Saint Peter's University 8/27
Sam Houston State University 8/1
Schreiner University 8/1
Seton Hill University 8/15
Siena Heights University 8/1
Southeastern Louisiana University 8/1
Southern Arkansas University 8/30
Southern Nazarene University 8/1
Southern Wesleyan University 8/1
Southwestern College 8/25
Spring Arbor University 8/1
St. Joseph's College New York: Suffolk Campus 8/15
St. Joseph's College, New York 8/15
St. Louis Christian College 8/7
Summit University 8/15
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville 8/22
SUNY Polytechnic Institute 8/1
Tennessee State University 8/1
Tennessee Technological University 8/1
Tennessee Wesleyan College 8/15
Texas A&M International University 8/1
Texas A&M University–Commerce 8/15
Texas A&M University–Kingsville 8/14
Texas Lutheran University 8/1
Texas Southern University 8/15
Texas Tech University 8/1
Thomas More College 8/1
Toccoa Falls College 8/1
Trevecca Nazarene University 8/1
Trine University 8/1
Trinity College of Florida 8/2
Truett-McConnell College 8/1
Union College (Kentucky) 8/15
Union College (Nebraska) 8/1
Union University 8/1
Universidad Metropolitana 8/15
Universidad Pentecostal Mizpa 8/24
University of Alabama in Huntsville 8/20
University of Alaska Southeast 8/1
University of Arkansas 8/1
University of Colorado Denver 8/19
University of Hawaii: West Oahu 8/1
University of Houston–Victoria 8/25
University of Idaho 8/1
University of Louisville 8/24
University of Maine at Machias 8/15
University of Michigan: Flint 8/20
University of Minnesota: Duluth 8/1
University of Missouri: St. Louis 8/24
University of Mobile 8/1
University of Montevallo 8/20
University of Nebraska–Omaha 8/1
University of North Texas 8/1
University of Northern Colorado 8/1
University of Northern Iowa 8/15
University of Northwestern–St. Paul 8/1
University of South Carolina: Aiken 8/1
University of South Carolina: Beaufort 8/1
University of Southern Indiana 8/15
University of St. Francis 8/1
University of Tennessee: Chattanooga 8/1
University of Tennessee: Martin 8/1
University of Texas at Tyler 8/20
University of Texas–Pan American 8/11
University of the Cumberlands 8/15
University of Valley Forge 8/1
University of Virginia's College at Wise 8/15
University of Wisconsin–Superior 8/1
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater 8/1
University of Wyoming 8/10
Viterbo University 8/15
Walsh University 8/15
Washington Adventist University 8/1
Wayne State University 8/26
Webber International University 8/1
Webster University 8/1
Webster University: The Netherlands 8/1
West Virginia State University 8/10
West Virginia University 8/1
Western Kentucky University 8/1
Westminster College (Utah) 8/15
Westmont College 8/15
William Jessup University 8/26
William Jewell College 8/15
Wilmington College 8/1
York College 8/31
Youngstown State University 8/1



This final group of schools lets you enroll in September, right before you start taking classes.


If you're looking to send off a later application, these colleges with late deadlines aren't the only ones available. Schools with rolling admissions might also still have space for prospective students!



Fun with rolling (admissions)!


Colleges With Rolling Admissions

Unlike the colleges listed above, schools with rolling admissions do not have a set application deadline. Instead, they open a window of time during which they'll accept applications, often from the fall to the spring.

Although this policy gives you more flexibility, it's definitely not a pass to procrastinate. Spaces at rolling admissions schools can fill up, and commonly admissions committees give the strongest consideration to students who file their applications early or submit by a priority deadline. A good rule of thumb to use when applying is, "The earlier, the better."

Below are some popular schools that use rolling admissions, but they aren't the only ones! If you're interested in the full list of rolling admissions colleges, you can find it here.

So there you have it—the full list of schools with late application deadlines and a few popular ones with rolling admissions policies. Even if you missed some earlier deadlines, you still have a number of options for a fall college enrollment.


Final Thoughts: Colleges With Late Application Deadlines

Whether you are just starting your college planning or are a senior looking to shoot off some last-minute applications, make sure you know all of the college's deadlines and requirements. Even though these colleges have deadlines that are later than average, you still need to plan and prep your application months before, whether you're asking for a letter of rec, studying for the SAT, or drafting and revising your personal essay.

Furthermore, colleges with rolling admissions might have a priority deadline as early as November. If you're really serious about a particular school, try to apply as early as possible. An added motivation is the knowledge that, in many cases, the sooner you apply, the sooner you'll get an admissions decision!

If any of the schools above interest you, you might be able to spread out your work and remove some of the pressure from the typical college application season in November and December. At the same time, don't put off your applications for too long—deadlines have a habit of sneaking up on you before you know it!


What's Next?

At this point, you have a good sense of application deadlines, whether they're early, regular, or later than average. Now it's time to think about when to plan and prepare all the major pieces of your college application. Our guide will help you schedule your time by detailing your complete college application timeline, from start to finish.

For more information on all the steps it takes to apply to college, from choosing your high school classes to hitting "submit," check out this comprehensive guide. You'll learn not just what to prepare but also why each part is significant in the eyes of admissions officers.

Are you dragging your feet about your application because you're not sure what to do next year? Perhaps taking a gap year to volunteer, work, or figure out your future educational plans is the best option for you! If you're interested, read our guide to taking a gap year!


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