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Can you apply to the same college twice

For example, applying for early and regular admission?

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Ebony’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Lindsay
I have worked in Higher Education for over 13 years (although I am no longer there), and I would say that the combination of the answers provided are accurate. The first piece (as Doloris highlighted) is remembering that each campus is different and often has changes in its processes. As a result, it is important to check with the campus directly if you have questions regarding their application processes. Second, it is typically ok to apply more than once to a single campus specifically because when you apply, you are applying for a certain term. If that term is different, then you can apply again. However, I will reiterate that this is a strong reason why talking to the Admissions staff could make things easier on you since in some cases, they can simply move the application for you from one term to the next without the fee that Scott's feedback points to.

If you do decide to call, it is helpful to keep your application number or student number handy to refer to when you get someone on the line. It's not a requirement, but it always helps. Be sure to take notes whenever you call so you remember the name of the person you spoke with and any action items you'll need to work on.

Hopefully, this helps. Good luck. You got this!
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Doloris’s Answer

Yes you can apply to a college multiple times! You can also try other avenues such as deferred enrollment, part-time student or seek to update your existing application with new information (grades, standardized test scores). I suggest reaching out to the school directly to get their input on the application process. Good luck!
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Scott’s Answer

Yes, you can apply to a college as many times as you would like. The downside to applying multiple times though is that every time you apply you will have to pay the application fee which can range anywhere from $50-$150, depending on what school you are applying for. However, this does not bother some people so it is not a big deal to them.
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Mesrop’s Answer

Hi Lindsay, if your question is about applying twice to the same college during the same application year, then I would say no. Typically, if you don't get admitted during Early Decision, the school is essentially suggesting that you wouldn't be admitted during the Regular Decision period either. If they are unsure or on the fence about your admission decision, they will automatically defer you to the regular round and you will be notified pretty quickly. This is very typical practice with most colleges I've worked with in the past. Early Decision is typically a great option if you are serious about the school but keep in mind the application should not rushed just for the sake of submitting early.

If your question is about applying in different application intake years, then yes you can absolutely apply again and again. In this case you would want to provide them an update on what has changed (improved grades, test scores, taking on new leadership roles, extracurricular, etc.) compared to your last application. Most applications will have an optional essay or small section where you can comment on this specific matter.

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Avinash’s Answer

Yes, You Can No Issues!

Check with The college management department once.
Thank you comment icon Hi Amal, can you explain why someone can apply to a college multiple times? Sharyn Grose, Admin
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Joe’s Answer

Yes you can apply to a college multiple times!
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