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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


10 Jan 2017 598 Book icon 2 mins Share

Know all about 'Rolling Admissions' at universities abroad!

Fall and spring semesters are not the only application windows for students looking to study abroad. Roll all the way to a university abroad through another window – ‘Rolling Admissions’.

10 Jan 2017 598 Book icon 2 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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We know it’s hard to wait for the response about your application status from universities abroad. But how will you feel if one university gives you the chance to apply throughout the year and makes sure that you get notified as soon as possible whether you have been accepted or rejected by it. Will that motivate you to apply?

That one university which gives you a chance to apply year round has a rolling admission on offer.

What is a rolling admission process?

Unlike a regular admission process, a rolling admission refers to the application method at universities where you need not wait till a particular deadline to apply because such universities accept applications throughout the year, and they start evaluating all applications as soon as they are received and decisions are mailed shortly, usually within 2 months, to students. Most universities inform their students about the designated turn-around time to declare the results.

Even though most universities offering rolling admissions do not have any submission deadlines, they may have some priority deadlines, which means it is always advisable to apply as soon as possible if you are opting for rolling admissions because seats are filled on first-come-first-served basis.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, out of 298 ranked National Universities in an annual survey, 89 of them offer rolling admissions (none of those rank amongst the top 20). Thirteen of the top 100 National Universities offer rolling admissions, including the Pennsylvania State University and Purdue University.

Suggested Universities that follow the rolling admissions method:

  1. University of Pittsburgh
  2. Arizona State University
  3. New York University
  4. Pennsylvania State University and
  5. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
  6. University of Bedfordshire

Pros of opting for rolling admissions!

  1. You can avoid the stress that you normally face while applying through a regular admission process.
  2. Application through the rolling method will progress in leaps and bounds. The process could be less competitive if you apply early.  
  3. One important factor to consider is this application method does not demand you to be committed to them. You will have the freedom to decide whether you want to get enrolled to the university offering rolling admissions or not till the last deadline.
  4. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will be notified of the application process by the university; the more you delay, the more the university will delay in replying.

Important points to remember:

  1. Rolling admissions at universities abroad begin early as July and continue till late April. As you know, you should apply early if you are looking for the rolling admission window so it is better to submit your rolling applications first, followed by the regular method (if you have any second thoughts). The results of the rolling method could help you work on your plans better.
  2. Competitive structure of the application will be reduced since you will have extra time in hand to apply to those universities offering rolling admissions.
  3. Please make sure that you submit all required documents in one go so that you get the response quickly from the university. The time gap between evaluating and responding will also depend on how prompt you are in submitting all needed documents to the university.

A common misconception about rolling admissions is universities will accept students automatically since they have moderate deadlines throughout the year. As I said earlier, admission will depend on how early you apply because every college or university will have a few spots available.

However, we are not stressing that you must apply at universities abroad through the rolling method. You should apply through a window that is convenient for you, which will fulfil your career needs. 

So which admission process do you prefer? What’s your idea? Why don’t you speak to our advisors to know more about the rolling admissions method; they will help you extract the required information from universities abroad and will successfully place you at your dream university.

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Ashmeet Kaur Ashmeet Kaur,
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