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March 21st, 2007

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09:53 pm - Help, please
So, I really need some help on a few things. I've narrowed down the colleges I'm interested in and I already know what major I'd like to go for, but I have a few questions about admissions. I'm currently a junior, if that matters.
1. What are "rolling admissions"? Do they benefit you? If they are beneficial, how exactly do I get into the rolling admissions thing?
2. I'm homeschooled. What do I do if I need teacher/guidance counselor recommendations? I just started homeschooling at the middle of last year, so.. could I go to ones I had previously?
3. Should I write a different essay for each college I apply to? I mean, even if the topics were the same/they let you choose your own topic, it would be better to write a different essay for each college, right?

I'm just stressed out between SATs coming up really soon and applying for colleges and all that, so any help would really be appreciated :) Thanks!

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Date:March 22nd, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)

1. Rolling admissions means that the admissions committee starts making decisions as soon as they receive the applications. This is common with public schools in particular. Most schools wait until they receive all applications, before they decide to admit or reject anyone, and you generally don't hear back until April 1st. With rolling admissions, you can hear much earlier. You don't have to do anything special to take advantage of this, except to submit your application as early as possible. It increases your chances of getting accepted because none of the spots will be filled yet.

2. I would ask teachers and counselors you've had in the past. You can also call colleges' admissions offices to see what they recommend.

3. You definitely do not have to write different essays for every school. If the topic fits, use it! Also, you'll find that a lot of schools accept the Common Application (commonapp.org) and so you only need to write one essay for every school that accepts the Common App.

Good luck!

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