Undergraduate Admissions Director Discusses Admissions Programs Upcoming and Deadlines

Caitlin Locke, University Employment Director, answers frequently asked questions about Early Action, Early Action, and Ordinary Decision application and explains the benefits of each program.

December 3, 2021

By Rene Shmeel, Office of Marketing and Communications

Photo of Maxcy Hall at the University of New Haven.
Maxxi Hall at the University of New Haven.

The University of New Haven is actively recruiting for its Class of 2026 undergraduate students, who will join the university community in August 2022. Take an inside look at some of the application methods and deadlines for each.

Renee Shmael: What are the requirements for the Early Decision Admissions Program?

Caitlin Locke: New, first-time students who consider the University of New Haven to be their best choice may choose to apply through our Binding Early Decision Program. By applying the early decision, applicants express their plans to enter the university, if accepted. In addition to the standard application materials with the Common Application, high school transcript, and letter of recommendation, early decision applicants are required to submit an early decision contract and complete an interview with an admissions counselor as well.

RC: What are the advantages of early decision?

CL: The primary advantage of applying early decision is the schedule. We offer fast admission decisions, after which, if accepted, the student has an urgent deadline to submit their registration deposit. The entire application and decision-making process is simplified once a student chooses to apply the early decision. Students applying through Early Decision also enjoy consideration of priority scholarships and the urgent financial aid process. Because space is limited in many of our academic programs, students applying through at least the first round of early decision can feel confident that space will be available in their first major if they meet the admission criteria.

RC: What is the difference between early decision 1 and early decision 2?

CL: The main difference between the two early decision rounds is the exact timing of applications and filing deadlines. For Early First Decision, the application deadline was 1 December, and if accepted, the registration deposit deadline was 1 February. Early Resolution II applicants must apply by February 15, and those accepted must submit their enrollment deposit by April 1 Early Resolution II may be a great option for a student who decides shortly after their final year that the University of New Haven is the school of choice They have.

RC: How does the Early Action Program work? How is it different from an early decision?

Caitlin Locke's photo.
Caitlin Locke.

CL: Early action is our most popular form of admission because it is non-binding but offers many of the same benefits as early decision, including priority considerations for scholarships. Early Action is a solid option for students who know they are interested in the university, yet it still offers flexibility in terms of no enrollment requirement.

Additionally, the comprehensive Early Action schedule provides students with the opportunity to apply until December 15 and hear an admissions decision by January 15. Those who are accepted at that time have until 1 May to decide to register. For students who are considering a few different colleges or universities – and they are most applicants – this schedule works well as it saves several months for the decision-making process. This means plenty of time to receive and review financial aid awards, speak with university staff and faculty, visit campuses, and more.

RC: What are the advantages of early work?

CL: Students who apply through Early Action can receive a non-binding decision as early as their final year, but they still have several months to make their decision to enroll. Students who are accepted by early action at the University of New Haven have priority consideration for our scholarships, a quick turnaround time to receive their admissions decision, and can feel secure that there will be space available in their first chosen major.

RC: What are the advantages of early decision and early action versus regular decision?

CL: While we understand that applicants sometimes decide to apply for admission a little later in the process for a variety of reasons, we suggest applying in the fall of the first year, whenever possible. Those who apply by early decision or early action will increase their chances of receiving college scholarships – especially if additional scholarships are offered.

Many of our additional scholarships – such as the Honors Program Scholarship, the Marching Band Scholarship and more – have fixed deadlines for consideration. Students who are not accepted into the university by those deadlines will not be able to receive some of those additional scholarships that they may have been eligible to receive. In addition, space may not be available in all of our academic programs the longer students wait to apply. We see great value in giving students as much time as possible to make their decision to enroll, so the longer a student waits to apply, the less time they give themselves to make their final decision to enroll.

RC: Do early applicants need to complete any additional steps or require any additional materials?

CL: Students applying by binding early decision must submit an early decision contract and complete an interview with an admissions advisor. There is no contract required for early action nor for normal resolution. Interviews are welcome but not required for applicants for early work and regular decision.

RC: How long does it take for a student to apply for a decision?

CL: Once all application materials are received, we generally have an admission decision for the student within 4-6 weeks. However, we can often make decisions sooner!

RC: What support does the university provide to students to help them with the admission/registration process?

CL: An admissions advisor is assigned to each applicant in the University Admissions Office based on where the applicant lives. Each counselor covers a specific geographic area, and they are the main point of contact for families from that area. This advisor is available to guide this student and their family through the application and registration process. Visit newhaven.edu/meetadmissions to find your admissions advisor!

RC: How is this process different for transfer students? Can they apply early decision/early action?

CL: Transferring applicants do not need to specify Early Decision, Early Action, or Ordinary Decision. Instead, all student transfer requests are reviewed on a periodic basis once all required materials are received. Transfer applicants will be assigned a Transfer Registration Adviser who they can contact with any questions that may arise during the process. The Transfer Enrollment Adviser will also provide admitted students with a Transfer Credit assessment showing how their credits from previous institutions fit into the intended program of study at the University.

RC: Is there anything else about the application process you’d like to mention?

CL: We offer rolling admission for all types of applications, so the earlier students apply, the sooner they will receive a response from us with a decision! We will be offering virtual instant decision dates for fresh student applicants until the early action deadline of December 14 and 15.

Students who choose to register for an immediate decision appointment will receive their admission decision immediately, learn the scholarship amount, if accepted, and meet with an admissions advisor separately to discuss any specific questions they may have about a university. It is a unique and unforgettable experience!

Type Binding or non-binding Application deadline Deadline for notification Deposit deadline
First early decision Link December 1, 2021 December 15 2021 February 1, 2022
early work not binding December 15 2021 January 15 2022 May 1, 2022
Early Resolution II Link February 15 2022 March 15, 2022 April 1, 2022
Ordinary decision not binding March 1, 2022 4-6 weeks from the date of completion of the application May 1, 2022

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