College Admissions Process

Your Admissions Options


Standard Admission

Application and supporting documents must be submitted by a set date in the senior year. The dates vary from November 30 through March 15. The college then takes action on all the applications and notifies all students of its decision at the same time.

Early Decision

This program is for students who select a particular college as a definite first choice. The application, as well as all supporting documents, must be submitted early, usually in November. The college will then take action and notify you, usually in December, whether you have been accepted or deferred to the standard admission review period. If accepted, you are under agreement to attend that institution and must withdraw all other applications. Students who need financial aid should give careful consideration to applying for Early Decisions because financial aid might be affected. Typically, you may only apply to one university using the early
decision application.

Early Action/Single Choice Early Action/Restrictive Early Action

This program is similar to Early Decision but you do not have to commit yourself until the reply date in May. The ‘single-choice’ or ‘restrictive’ early action programs stipulate that you may only apply to one college through early action. You may continue to apply to other colleges through regular admission process and wait until all offers arrive before sending in your intent to enroll in May. Also, with early action, the college can refuse admissions as well as defer or accept. Check with individual schools for their policy.

Rolling Admission

The many state universities and some private schools that use this program act on your application as soon as the file is complete. They notify you of the admissions decision within weeks of receiving the complete application. Schools with a rolling admissions system continue to accept students until they reach capacity enrollment.

How to Complete A College Application

Before you start filling out college applications, you should have:

  • Visited the campuses of as many as possible of the colleges you’re considering.
  • Narrowed your list of schools to which you are going to apply to six to eight. The cost to apply to each college averages around $50 each, so narrowing the number of colleges to those you are really interested in attending is cost effective and saves you unneeded work.
  • Copy the application for practice and as a work copy. Read the application directions carefully before you begin to fill it out.
  • Make sure your SAT and ACT scores are sent by the testing company to each college where you apply. If you are uncertain, check with college board (SAT) or ACT to verify your requests.
  • Contact teachers at least four weeks in advance to ensure that letters of recommendation will be submitted before stated deadlines.
  • Turn in ‘Counselor Recommendation Letter Request Folder.

Protect Yourself

  • For online applications, print a copy of the application as well as the submission verification with date and time.

Senior Year Courses and Grades

  • When filling out your applications you will report all courses in progress.
  • Also, keep in mind that when you are admitted, the admission is typically PROVISIONAL. If your senior year grades are unacceptable to the colleges you were admitted to, YOU CAN BE UNADMITTED.

Teacher Recommendations

  1. If possible, choose teachers in whose courses you did well
  2. Try to receive a letter from a teacher whose class reflects your intended major in college.
  3. Vary teachers from different academic areas: Math, English, Science, Social Studies, etc.
  4. The same recommendation can be sent to different colleges.
  5. A copy of the letters of recommendation should be filed in Room
  6. Unless otherwise directed, limit recommendations to two (2) teachers.
  7. YOU CANNOT USE ELEMENTARY OR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS FOR COLLEGE RECOMMENDATIONS.
  8. Give the teacher PLENTY OF TIME to write the recommendation; avoid the last minute rush. A rush on your part is not a rush on theirs.

Note: Standards and admission policies vary from school to school. Therefore, students and parents are advised to review college catalogs for specific entrance requirements.

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Higher Education Opportunity Program is a partnership between the State of New York and its independent colleges which provides economically and educationally disadvantaged residents the possibility of a college education. The primary objective of The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is to help provide a broad range of services to the student, who because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college, yet has the potential and desire to obtain a college degree. HEOP is sponsored jointly by the State Education Department and the College. HEOP is funded jointly by participating colleges and the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and programming activities are supported, in part, by a grant from the New York State Education Department.

Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for HEOP you must be a resident of New York State for one year, possess a high school diploma, be educationally disadvantaged, be economically disadvantaged and have motivation for college completion.

How Do I Apply?
To apply for admission to a Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), request an application from the institution that you are interested in attending. Ask your guidance counselor for more information.

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