An Update to College Decision Day
Last updated August 4, 2020
College Decision Day is when students are required to commit to the school they want to attend in the Fall, and pay the deposit to hold their spot in the incoming class. Historically, this deadline has May 1st. This spring many schools have extended their deadlines giving students and families more time to weigh their options. It is always a good idea to double check deadlines with your school. Go to the “Admissions” page on the college website and look for a “deposit”, “decision”, or “enrollment” deadline for Fall 2020.
Colleges delaying the deadline
The Admissions Community Cultivating Equity and Peace Today (ACCEPT) has compiled a list of more than 300 colleges that have officially extended their deadline to June 1st or later. This list does not include schools that offer rolling admissions, a different enrollment method that takes a “first come-first serve” approach.
How to use the next couple months
If a school from your college list has pushed back its decision day, here are some ways you can use the time to get smarter on which school is right for you:
- Compare your financial aid packages, using our helpful aid comparison tips. If your financial situation has changed since you completed your FAFSA, reach out to the financial aid office to request a change in circumstances form.
- Apply for more scholarships. It's never too late!
- Use the next couple months to do more research on your college options! Take virtual tours, research extracurriculars such as sports, clubs, and study abroad opportunities, and make sure any school on your “final” list offers a major you may be interested in.