Applicants ask us about the difference between early admissions, regular admissions, and rolling admissions. We’ll try to explain it here.
If you’re certain that you want to study at AUA, then we highly recommend you apply by the early admissions deadline. The benefit? If you submit a complete application, then you’ll receive your application status decision within 12 weeks of the deadline – that means no later than March 9. And you’ll know about your financial aid package sooner too. An important reminder: if you plan on applying for financial aid, you must do so by their first deadline. Finally, we often get asked “Is it easier to get in if I apply by the early admission deadline”. Sometimes the admission rate for early admissions is higher. But that is not always true and can change from year to year.
If you know you want to apply to AUA but you need more time to prepare for your entrance exams, then consider applying by the regular admissions deadline. Have you had some challenges in high school? Then applying during this deadline will also give you time to work hard, improve your grades, and show progress. If you apply by the regular deadline and are also planning to apply for financial aid, make sure to apply by their second deadline. Once you have submitted a complete application, you will receive your application status update within 12 weeks of the regular deadline. That means we’ll email you your status by June 23 (hopefully earlier).
Usually, rolling applicants are those who decide late that they want to study at AUA. Alternatively, you may simply need some more time preparing for your exams. Just remember that applicants who ultimately apply by the rolling admissions deadline are considered on a space available basis. What does this mean? If there is no space in a program, then we cannot offer you admission, regardless of how strong your application is. If you do decide to apply by the rolling deadline and need financial aid, make sure to submit that application by their third deadline. We will notify rolling applicants of their status by early August.