December almost marks the halfway point of a student’s senior year. Early admission is important for some students in choosing a college in regarding scholarship money. For athletes, the timeline is shifted slightly due to signing day and the participating sport.
"Generally, most colleges recommend students apply throughout the fall and have their applications in by Jan. 1 if not sooner," said Walsh University’s Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Rebecca Coneglio in an email. "As for scholarship deadlines, depending on the colleges and context of the scholarship, deadlines will vary. When discussing scholarship opportunities, it is important to contact the Admissions Office directly."
For students who have not yet applied to a college, the opportunity to receive a scholarship may diminish.
"The first step to receiving college scholarship is to apply," wrote Coneglio. "The availability of scholarship opportunities will vary considerable depending on the type of college or university. We also encourage students to search for scholarships with their own communities, schools, churches, etc.
"For seniors who have not yet applied to a college we recommend submitting the application by Jan. 1. Colleges start awarding financial aid, which could include both state and institutional funding."
Coneglio wrote for students who are applying in December the process can be delayed with the holidays fast approaching. She said if students contact the admissions office that will help with a timeline.
Students sometimes apply for college without actually visiting a campus or set up a campus tour during Christmas break.
"During the holiday season most college campuses will be relatively quiet," emailed Congelio. "We (at Walsh) still welcome families to tour campus and meet with the Admissions representatives to receive an overview of the college, especially while they have time outside of school for the holiday break.
"Most colleges start holiday break in mid-December. Although most Admissions Offices are open over the holiday break, other university personal may not be on campus. If visiting campuses during the holiday season, a follow up visit is recommended during the spring semester."