If, for some reason, you’ve missed a college application deadline and still really want to apply, you might still be able to.
Applicants miss deadlines for many reasons. Unforeseen circumstances come up. Maybe you had a family emergency, or there was a natural disaster in your area. Or maybe you just found out about a really great college too late. Even if it’s after the official Regular Decision deadline, some colleges will still accept your application. If you have a legitimate reason for missing an application deadline, and still want to apply, here’s some advice for you.
Call the admissions office and ask if they’re still accepting applications. If they are, that’s great! Ask by when you would need to submit your application to be considered, and how you should submit it, including your transcripts, school report, and recommendation letters. And you should ask if you need to rush report your standardized test scores.
If you can still add the college and submit it through the Common Application, and your teachers and college counselor already uploaded your recommendation letters and transcript to the Common Application for other colleges, you should be all set on that front, and shouldn’t need to notify your college counselor.
But at many colleges, you won’t be able to submit a late application online, so you’ll have to print it out and fax or mail it – and this is if they’re willing to accept a late application at all. You’ll also need to give your guidance counselor and teachers very clear instructions from the admissions office as to how they should submit their documents. Some colleges have a separate fax number or email address, for instance, for late recommendation letters, or there might be a specific person in the office they should be sent to.
For the most part, college application deadlines are final. But we all know that things come up and life can get in the way sometimes. If you think you missed a deadline for a good reason, it’s okay to ask the admissions office if you can still apply. You just might get another chance.