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What if the Application deadline has passed?

I have decided to apply to a college, but I am afraid that the application deadline has passed. Should I apply anyways? #college-applications #university-applications #college #college-admissions

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Zimo’s Answer

For most colleges, the application portal is electronic, and will shutdown after the deadline has passed. As a result, there'll be no way to apply through the normal application portal. However, on the college website, there's usually contact information for the admission office.


My best advice for you is to reach out to the college admission office directly and explain the reason why you missed the deadline and why you would love to attend this college. Drop them an email or visit the office directly and see what the admission officer can do to help you.


If you missed the deadline and the admission office does not allow exceptions, try to utilize the time to search for other colleges that offers similar courses/degrees you are interested in, and apply. If you decided you want to attend one particular college, you can always start taking courses, and transfer the course credit at a later date.


Good luck!

Zimo recommends the following next steps:

Find contact information for the admission office on the college website.
Visit the office in person, or call or email them and explain the circumstances.
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Lyndee’s Answer

Good evening!

To be honest, I don't think college admission office will accept late applications, unless you have emergency and reasonable excuse (in this case, I recommend you directly contact the admission office and explain it, shoot them an email with proofs or schedule an appointment). Otherwise, I don't think there is high chance for you to submit an application. You can submit one late, if their system is still open for application, but they might not review your application. I believe this is the first step entering college: meeting deadline and punctuality.

If you still consider going to college in that semester, I suggest you to look into other colleges/institutions, of which applications is still open. If none of those is available, take a gap semseter and thoroughly do research and prepare for a new application: list out the deadline and what are the requirements, what additional documents is required, even look into their scholarship opportunities as well.

Some other activities you might want to do during this time: volunteering, looking for a part time job, looking into certificates which you can take online, and of course, prepare for your upcoming application.
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Viswa’s Answer

Well you know the saying "Time & Tide waits for none" . It is very unfortunate that you missed the deadline, but there is always next and there is always more than one way to solve any problem.

If I were you, here is what I would do. I would first contact the admission office and explore the possibilities of qualifying for late admissions. For genuine reasons like pandemic / medical emergencies etc, colleges would be willing to accommodate late admissions.

If that doesn't work, I would then reach out to appropriate department and try to find out somebody who can be willing to help. I would then explore what is the next possible semester that can start accepting admissions and see through it.
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Simeon’s Answer

I doubt that you'll be able to get in, but like the others have said, try and contact the department and see if they'll let you apply. If not, you could try applying for the next semester. It may not be ideal, but there are ways to make up for a lost semester, sometimes by taking an additional class per semester.
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