While most high school seniors have not yet submitted their college applications, some are already starting to hear back from schools. These include those who completed fast apps such as “priority” and “VIP” apps.
You should know that, unless you apply early decision to a college (in which case, you’re committing to the school before you apply), you don’t have to make your final decision prior to May 1.
This is one of your many rights as a college applicant. If a school is asking you to respond to an offer of admission prior to May 1, you can request an extension until that date.
Of course, a school might offer scholarship money or a special housing arrangement that is contingent upon you accepting their offer right now—that’s not against the rules. However, you should ask yourself if you really want to be pressured into making this important decision before you’re ready to do so.
Click here to learn more about your rights as a college applicant on the College Planning Blog.