May 1 is Universal Decision Day

Since it often feels like the student is completely out of control in the application process, it's good to know that you do have rights. As members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Common App member schools have agreed to give admitted first-year students who have applied regular decision or early action till May 1 to accept or decline an offer to attend. This means that if a college requests you to reply before May 1 (and you have not applied early decision), an extension will be provided upon written request. Here is a list of regulations:

  • You can wait until May 1 to respond to an offer of admission and/or financial aid, unless you applied Early Decision. 
  • Colleges that request commitments prior to May 1 must extend you the opportunity to request an extension until May 1 that will not affect your offer for admission and/or financial aid.
  • Wait/alternate list notifications need to include the number of students on the waitlist, the number of students offered admission, and the availability of financial aid and housing.
  • You are not obligated to give a deposit or written commitment in order to remain on a waitlist.
  • You must be notified of your waitlist status by August 1.

Click here to see more of your student rights and responsibilities as published on the NACAC site.

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