Early admission deadlines for colleges sometimes creep up on families. Both parents and teens are so busy getting the senior year of high school off to a good start, they can forget critical tasks related to where the teen would like to be next year.
So if you just realized that you want to apply early to a college is it too late on Halloween Eve? That depends on the college and the deadline. College early admission deadlines run from October 15 through December 15. So if your college early admission deadline is October 15, you will be applying either during early admission part 2 (if your college offers two early deadlines) or during the priority or regular admission time lines.
If you have missed the early deadlines for your college, all is not lost. At most colleges, you are not at an advantage when you apply early with regard to gaining admission. So missing the early deadline does not mean you don't get in. Where early admission is of benefit is that colleges often use early admission and priority deadlines as a cutoff date for awarding scholarships through the admission process. The primary reason most students give, however, for their desire to apply early is that they will learn which colleges will offer them admission much earlier.
Sometimes applying early puts a student at a disadvantage because he may accept
an early offer and cancel other applications and not find out what he would have been offered at other colleges. Some educators argue that a downside that can occur in the early application process is that the most academically qualified students often apply early and if a student does not fit into that category, he may be at a disadvantage. College admission professionals differ in their opinion as to whether early application puts a lower GPA student at a disadvantage. Most say that they use the same admission standards whether you apply early or during regular admission deadlines.