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Caught between deadlines?

Most students apply to a half dozen or more colleges. Those colleges have similar notification deadlines. However, programs within those colleges may have separate  deadlines that will put a crimp in your style. Examples of sub programs within a college that can have deadlines that will give you heartburn are:
honors colleges and other special programs within a college.
The reason that the additional deadlines can be problematic is that students often want to wait until they have all their college decisions in to make a final decision on where they will go.  Colleges often announce their decisions by April 1 and don't require a final decision from a student until May 1.
The problem occurs when a sub program, like an honors college, requests that the students accept a spot or lose it by a different deadline, like March 15.  This forces the student into a situation where they feel that they are having to make a decision or lose an opportunity. 
The solution is to contact the sub program and ask whether you can accept and then withdraw your acceptance or request an extension.  Most colleges will allow you to accept and then rescind your acceptance.
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