The timeline for college applications is less and less standard. Remember when it was January? Then November? I have one client who is a rising senior who is already accepted at a college and already has an impressive scholarship offer from that college. Some others have college application deadlines as early as October.
Last year some students had admission decisions as early as Halloween. The year before that, the earliest date that clients knew about admission decisions was at Thanksgiving. The year before that, it was the first week of December. See a pattern here?
The sliding timeline is happening at the same time that the competition for seats at colleges is rising. A winning strategy to getting the best possible admission and scholarship results is to start early, select colleges wisely and create a wonderful application.