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Understanding Rolling Admission

You may have noticed that while most boarding schools operate on a fixed application schedule, there are some boarding schools that offer rolling admission. What’s is this option for applying to boarding school and what's the difference? Well, we’ve answered your most frequently asked questions below.

What is rolling admission?

Schools that offer rolling admissions accept applications at any time and will respond with a decision usually within a few weeks or months of applying. Schools that do not have rolling admissions typically accept applications at any time, but wait until an official notification date to let you know of your admission decision. With rolling admission, you can find out if you got in sooner than with fixed deadline admissions.

So does that mean I can apply at any time?

In theory, yes. However, you need to keep a few things in mind. Rolling admissions processes don’t guarantee that there will always be space available when you do apply. You should always check to see if a boarding school has a priority deadline, and if so, make sure you still get your application in before that date. The longer you wait, the lower your chances of being admitted due to limited space available.

What are the benefits of rolling admissions?

The biggest advantage of rolling admissions is a faster turnaround time for acceptance decisions, typically a few weeks to a month, depending on the school. And, you can apply early in the year and not have to wait until the March 10 notification date that most schools utilize. Rolling admission also gives you the opportunity to apply for admission after the initial deadlines have passed, assuming the school has space available.

How does financial aid work with rolling admissions?

Most likely, financial aid will still be allocated on a fixed deadline, and families are strongly encouraged to file financial aid applications early. Aid is distributed on a limited basis, and it usually runs out quickly. Typically a school with rolling admissions will offer a conditional acceptance for financial aid applicants that provides families with the ability to get out of any contracts if the school is unable to meet their aid needs.

Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago joined the Cheshire Academy community in August 2013 as the director of strategic marketing and communications. Prior to coming to Cheshire Academy, she spent six years working in communications offices at both colleges and private school, as well as five years in admission at both boarding schools and day schools.

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