Planning to finish college admission tasks by holiday break in December? That's too late. Think Halloween or earlier.
Many students and parents think that Thanksgiving and Christmas are good targets for getting college admission work done. The problem with that strategy is that by then many of the perks that can come with admission have all been given away. Perks given away early include seats in campus leadership and honors programs, scholarships, and other campus treats.
It is better to aim for early admission and priority deadlines which come before deadlines for honors college, special programs and scholarships. Priority and early admission deadlines begin as early at October 15 and end between November 1 and December 1 each year.
You don't have to apply for Early Decision, which is binding, to get consideration for most special programs and scholarships. Early admission and priority deadlines will put a student in a good place to be in the running for the goodies.