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Applying multiple times for a same university is ok?

I am unsure on whether I will be starting on spring or fall term, I want to know if that is okay or even possible.

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Gabriela !

Even though this is a college specific question, I thought I'd respond to your inquiry and give you some advice. The answer is not a general answer and would greatly depend on the college you apply to. Every college has a different process specific to their guidelines and this would be best answered by phoning or visiting the college when you are ready to apply. By than, you may even be sure about when you will want to start and it may be that you decide to start in a Fall semester. When you have university or college specific questions about their admissions policy, it is best to go to their website, visit them in person or e-mail and phone the campus directly.

Something that you may want to do is go to your college of choice website and look at their enrollment application. It may ask you to check a choice of which semester you are enrolling in. If not, the application may indicate something like "this application is for the Fall 2025 Semester". So all schools create their own applications in different ways. That's why it would be important to just read an application, which always comes with explicit instructions, so you would complete the correct application.

I began enrollment in college in a Spring semester and had no issues with enrollment or financial aid in the U.S. Hopefully the school you have chosen will have an understandable application with information that you are seeking.

Best wishes !
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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Gabriela!

The answer is that it depends on the institutions and their policies.

In general, some colleges may allow you to apply to their institutions up to three times. However, they may also ask that you do not apply in the same academic year. Meaning, if you applied but were denied for fall 2024, they do not want you to reapply for spring 2025 or summer 2025 (the same admission year cycle). These schools prefer that you wait to apply again for fall 2025 to try again and they will ask specific questions when you do. Most schools keep a record of your previous application(s).

Still, there are others institutions that may not specify about how many times you can apply.

Deferment: Part of your question sounded like a deferment question, so here goes. If you are also thinking of deferring for a semester after you’ve been admitted to a college or university, you don’t need to reapply if you follow their policy for deferment. You only need to fulfill the deferment requirements and restart when the school requires. So if a school says you can defer for one semester or you will need to reapply, then follow that. The school is stating that they’ll hold your spot for one semester otherwise they’ll give it away.

I hope this helps to clarify.

Lisa
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice. Gabriela
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Astrid’s Answer

Hello Gabriella!

Read up on the schools’ admissions policy.
For example, Harvard GSAS has a 3 application in a lifetime policy.

If you get rejected at first you can evaluate and choose to apply again at a later time or appeal the rejection.

If you are hesitant about what semester to start you can often defer enrollment, meaning you will have up to a year to enroll after being accepted- this for some is the Gap year they use to decompress or explore themselves and the world.

Wishing you the best!
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