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August/September Admissions

Student on the beach with the American flagGetting Started: 1-1.5 years before enrolment (Spring/Summer - End of Lower Sixth/S5)

Check out the Why Study in the US section and make sure that study in the US is right for you.

Investigate the degrees on offer. Confirm whether you want to complete a two-year associate's or four-year bachelor's degree.

Start researching and choosing the 6-8 universities which you will apply to in the autumn.

Attend an Undergraduate Study Seminar, where Fulbright advisors will cover everything you need to know to apply to US universities - the application process, admissions exams, choosing the right institution and funding opportunities.

Decide whether you need to take an admissions test and register. (Scores are valid for up to five years.)

If you have time to prepare, consider taking your admissions tests during the spring.

Applying: 1 year before enrolment (Autumn of Upper Sixth/S6)

If you are just getting started, don’t forget to complete the steps above!

1 August: You may begin most of your applications. The Common Application (used by 450+ universities) and most other universities' applications become available online.

Finalise your university choices to the 6-8 universities to which you will apply. (You are not limited to the number of universities you can apply to, we just recommend 6-8 as a good number). 

If you have not already, register for and sit an admissions test.

As school begins in September, request a transcript from your school and 2-3 reference letters.

Late September: Attend USA College Day in Central London - Europe's largest US study fair. Visitor registration will open in August.

Alongside your admissions applications, apply for funding from US universities and external funding bodies, alongside the application process.

Application Deadlines

Mid-October/early November: Application deadlines for Early Decision (legally binding) and Early Action deadlines.

January to March: Regular application deadlines, with most in January.

Students should plan to take the ACT by the December date or SAT by the January date to ensure scores are to universities on time, but check with universities to confirm.

Don’t forget to continue to apply for scholarships from the US university or external funding bodies during the winter and early spring.

Decision Time

Mid-December: Students who applied Early Action/Decision should receive admissions and university funding decisions by post or e-mail (Note: Decisions are conditional on performing around your predictions, but are not based strictly on them.)

Late March / By 1 April: Receive admissions and university funding decisions by post or e-mail if you applied for the regular application deadlines.

See our webpage on understanding the admissions decision and what to do if you are waitlisted.

Lead up to Enrolment (Spring/Summer - End of Upper Sixth/S6)

Typically by 1 May: Notify universities of your decision and pay a non-refundable deposit to hold your place. If you have been placed on the waitlist, this process could continue over the summer. See our tips on the admissions decision for more information.

Early summer: After accepting your offer, begin visa application process.

Read the pre-departure section of our website to prepare for your arrival in the US.

Complete our pre-departure survey to win great prizes.

Mid-summer: Complete your visa interview at the US Embassy in London or if applicable your home country.

Mid-August/early September: Attend new student and international student orientations before classes begin.

Begin study in the US!

If you do not choose the US for your full undergraduate studies, you may wish to consider completing a short-term study abroad programme, short-term work exchange or your postgraduate studies in the US.