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    By Brenda Ward

Before shouting out a resounding “NO THANK YOU,” let me explain. Now really is a good time for seniors to review their college lists before declaring themselves done. There are a few good reasons some will decide to submit another application or two in January, and here they are:

  • Maybe the early action/early decision responses didn’t come in as hoped, and now the college list seems a little thin in the middle. Thankfully, there are many fantastic colleges in this range.  
  • Maybe interests and priorities have evolved, and the original list needs some supplementing.
  • Maybe there’s a new test score, a recently earned achievement, a change in high school curriculum, or an unexpected obstacle that warrants a readjustment of the college list.

Many colleges offer mid-January or February deadlines, and some colleges remain open even after March 1. Colleges review the status of their prospective classes after the initial rush of ED and EA applications and may use later deadlines to fill in what’s missing from their pool of acceptances.  So, while we generally advise submitting applications early, many students get favorable replies from applications submitted after January 1. Here are some of the colleges that offer January 15 and February 1 deadlines.

January 15

  • American University
  • Bucknell University
  • Carleton College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Colorado College
  • Denison University
  • Emerson College
  • George Mason University
  • Grinnell College
  • Haverford College
  • James Madison University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Macalester College
  • McGill University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • North Carolina State at Raleigh
  • Oberlin College
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Tulane University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver
  • University of Maryland (Jan 20)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Richmond
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Vermont
  • Villanova University
  • Wellesley College
  • Whitman College

February 1

  • Baylor University
  • Butler University
  • Colorado State University
  • DePaul University
  • DePauw University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Ithaca College
  • Marist College
  • Miami University: Oxford
  • Ohio State University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Trinity University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of New Hampshire
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