Nothing causes more confusion than the random nature of college admissions deadlines and notification dates. Applying to a UC campus? The deadline is Nov. 30. But don't wait till then or you'll face the inevitability of crashing of their online portal.
Considering a Cal State? Officially, this application is also due in November. Unofficially, for some CSU campuses, the earlier one applies the better, and spots certainly fill up. USC's deadline is in January. Want financial aid? Better have that app in by Dec. 1. Dare I list the other 3,500 colleges and their individual deadlines?
Not only are the college deadlines all over the map, most schools offer a plethora of different application plans, each with their own respective deadlines. There are priority deadlines, early action deadlines, early decision deadlines, rolling admission, regular decision, and others that don't quite fit into any of the aforementioned plans. The vast menu of options is daunting. And not every admissions plan is offered at every school. The basics of early application plans are as follows: