Nov 4, 2021

US College Application Deadlines for the 2022 School Year

Most US college applications opened in August 2021 for students who plan to apply to colleges for fall 2022 enrollment. The application open dates may vary somewhat, but generally, college applications become available by late August or early September.

The application deadlines required by most schools fall between November and February. In this article, the four general options including early action, early decision, regular decision and rolling admission will be discussed with a list of 50 schools and their deadlines.

Table of Contents

  1. Types of College Application 
  2. College Application Deadlines for Fall 2022
  3. Quick Tips on When to Apply for Colleges in the Fall

Types of College Application 

There are four most common types of application deadlines and you can make your own decision about which application you submit. Find out about each of these applications and decide the most suitable option for you when applying for US colleges.

Early action

Early action deadlines allow students to apply for schools early and find out whether they are accepted before the regular admission season starts. Most common early action deadlines fall in early to mid-November, but it is always important to check the websites of the schools you are applying to. 

The reason early action can be a great option is that it does not require students to attend the particular school they are admitted to and does not require a response until the national college decision day, May 1, allowing students sufficient time to compare college offers. In addition, students will be informed early whether they are admitted or deferred, which will provide them the opportunity to strengthen application for regular decision admittances.

Early decision

Early decision is somewhat similar to early action that students hear back early from colleges. However, the difference is that early decision requires a commitment to enroll. In other words, students should be completely ready to attend a particular school when applying via early decision. 

Being admitted on early decision brings students the freedom from all worries related to college searches and applications. However, one major concern students may have is that they are entering the school without learning about the financial aid offers that might be available to them. This means n that students may face problems if they depend on financial aid to pay for their tuition. 

Regular decision

Most students apply to schools via the regular decision process. Regular decision deadlines commonly fall between January and February of the college entrance year, and students are likely to hear back from schools in March or April. Regular decision deadlines allow students sufficient time to gather materials, prepare essays, take necessary tests and even consider other college options.

One downside of applying for a regular decision is that when students are rejected or deferred from prospective schools, they must wait until the following year to re-apply and go through the entire application process. 

Rolling admission 

Colleges with rolling admission evaluate applicants on an ongoing basis rather than having set deadlines. Depending on the number of remaining spots of the class, the period when colleges open up rolling admissions may vary. Students may benefit from rolling admission with the ability to spread out college applications. Additionally, applying for rolling admission allows students to find out their admittance result earlier in senior year, allowing students to save time and energy and reducing the stress and anxiety of waiting for a result.

However, since applications are reviewed as they are submitted, there may be circumstances where qualified candidates submit their rolling admission after the remaining spots are filled. Therefore, it is recommended that students not wait until the last minute to submit their application. 

Understand the difference between early decision, early action, and regular decision admissions.

College Application Deadlines for Fall 2022

The following table lists the application deadlines of 50 popular US colleges for fall 2022. The schools are listed in alphabetical order. 

SchoolEarly ActionEarly DecisionRegular Decision
Boston CollegeNovember 1 / January 1January 1
Boston UniversityNovember 1 / January 4January 4
Brandeis UniversityNovember 1 / January 1January 1
Brown UniversityNovember 1January 5
California Institute of TechnologyNovember 1January 3
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNovember 1 / January 3January 3
Case Western Reserve UniversityNovember 1November 1 / January 15January 15
Columbia UniversityNovember 1January 1
Cornell UniversityNovember 1January 2
Dartmouth CollegeNovember 1January 3
Duke UniversityNovember 1January 4
Emory UniversityNovember 1 / January 1January 1
Georgetown UniversityNovember 1January 10
Georgia Institute of TechnologyOctober 18 / November 1January 5
Harvard UniversityNovember 1January 1
Johns Hopkins UniversityNovember 1 / January 3January 3
Lehigh UniversityNovember 1 / January 1January 1
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNovember 1January 5
New York UniversityNovember 1 / January 1January 5
Northeastern UniversityNovember 1November 1 / January 1January 1
Northwestern UniversityNovember 1January 3
Princeton UniversityNovember 1January 1
Rice UniversityNovember 1January 4
Stanford UniversityNovember 1January 5
Tufts UniversityNovember 1 / January 4January 4
Tulane UniversityNovember 15November 1January 15
University of California, BerkeleyNovember 30
University of California, DavisNovember 30
University of California, IrvineNovember 30
University of California, Los AngelesNovember 30
University of California, San DiegoNovember 30
University of California, Santa BarbaraNovember 30
University of ChicagoNovember 1November 1 / January 4January 4
University of FloridaNovember 1 / rolling
University of GeorgiaOctober 15January 1
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNovember 1 / January 5
University of MichiganNovember 1February 1
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillOctober 15January 15
University of Notre DameNovember 1January 1
University of PennsylvaniaNovember 1January 5
University of RochesterNovember 1 / January 5January 5
University of Southern CaliforniaDecember 1 / January 15
University of Texas at AustinNovember 1 / December 1
University of VirginiaNovember 1November 1January 3
University of Wisconsin-MadisonNovember 1February 1
Vanderbilt UniversityNovember 1 / January 1January 1
Wake Forest UniversityNovember 15 / January 1November 15 / January 1
Washington University in St. LouisNovember 1 / January 4January 4
William & MaryNovember 1 / January 1January 1
Yale UniversityNovember 1January 2

Quick Tips on When to Apply for Colleges in the Fall

Planning to apply to college requires significant time and effort. Most students start preparing in their senior year of high school. However, it is ideal to request recommendation letters and take the SAT or ACT starting from your junior year, especially if you are planning to apply for early action or early decision.

Here are some tips on how you can choose the type of application:

  • If you are prepared with recommendation letters and exam results and are ready to apply early in senior year, early action and early decision are ideal.
  • If you need sufficient time to compare schools, perfect college admissions essays or retake exams, a regular decision may be the best option.
  • If you are a strong candidate and wish to apply for colleges whenever you want, you can go for rolling admissions.