2021 Important Dates

By Poorva 2021-07-30

Scholars, unite! The time has arrived to whip out your compass, grab a handy to-do list, and chart your course for the months ahead. The maze of college application deadlines awaits you, armed with extensive forms, surprise prompts, and additional requirements. With this handy list, you too will be equipped with all the dates you need to stay on track. 

All aboard the Applications ship. Destination: your dream school! 

October 1, 2021 - For Oxford/Cambridge applications, register for any pre-interview assessments (such as the Thinking Skills Assessment)

October 15, 2021

  • UCAS Application final Deadline (if you are applying to Oxford/Cambridge)
    Note: Cambridge also requires completion of the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA), which is generally due three days after the submission of the UCAS. 

  • EA/ED Deadline for some US universities (for example, Georgia Tech)

  • EA/ED Deadline for Art Supplements

November 1, 2021 - EA/ED Deadline for most US universities. No excuses, scholars! Early to apply, early comes the reply!

November 30, 2021 - University of California final Application Deadline

Note: The UC Application is extensive and should not be completed in a single day. Remember that you will have enough time to work on your UC essays in depth if you keep up with the earlier deadlines!

December 1, 2021 

  • Deadline for most public universities, for example, UT Austin and UIUC

  • Scholarship deadlines for several universities, including Boston University, University of Southern California, and Claremont McKenna

November/December 2021

  • Oxford/Cambridge interviews

  • Early Application/Early Deadline Interviews for USA

Mid-December - Announcement of results for Early Application/Early Deadline Admissions. 

January 1, 2022 - Regular Decision Deadline for most US universities

January 15, 2022 - February 1, 2022 - Canadian University Deadlines

March 15, 2022 - April 1, 2022 - Announcement of results for US Universities. 

May 1, 2022 - Commitment date for universities

Now that you have a guide, what do you need to pack for the journey ahead? Read on for some tips, tricks, and lessons on how best to manage your time. The key to success is planning and execution! 

 Stay updated: Good adventurers are always well prepared. That includes signing up for updates from The College Board itself. These emails include updates on deadline changes, scholarships, majors, and more! Your dream schools may also have mailing lists of their own to provide more specific information.

 Prioritize wisely: Applications, much like life, are all about understanding what makes a task truly urgent. Think of deadlines as blaring alarms, not as mere suggestions. Prioritize your tasks leading up these alarms with an understanding of their urgency. You may then divide your tasks into the following - 

1. Important and urgent: do these right away. No room for any dilly-dallying here

2. Important but not urgent: Decide when to do these tasks and stick to your deadlines. Just because you scheduled them doesn’t mean you get to make excuses!

3. Not urgent and not important: These tasks may be completed at a later date. Remember that these tasks, if put off for too long, may become both urgent and important!

 Don’t leave things for the last minute

 Time is truly devilish in its ways. One morning, you may be months away from the deadline and the next morning (or so it may feel), the deadline will be a mere week away. Months of ambitious work may have to be condensed into weeks of agonizing work. And accompanying this agony is the issue of quality. You may churn out a decent draft in a week, but there is no room in college admissions to give anything but your absolute best. And with that happy thought, start planning!

Dear scholars, with these tips in hand, you have all the makings of an explorer navigating through application season. All that remains is the actual effort you must deploy to get there. Keep your sights on the destination and remember, it is rude to keep your dream school waiting