College Application Deadlines & Time Zones

Although college applications are technically due at 11:59 pm on the deadline day, “11:59 pm” might be hours earlier or later than the time zone where the applicant lives, depending on the admissions policies of the college. Thus, applicants should pay attention to the local time zone where a college is located.

Although The Common Application promotes:

The end of the deadline date is in your [the applicant’s] local time zone, not the college’s time zone.

Common Application

the actual deadline for the application to be submitted may be dependant on the local time zone where the college is located.

The following is a sampling of submissions times, which I’ve written from a West Coast (Pacific Standard Time) perspective, as our Creative Marbles home base is in California:

11:59 pm PST
9:59 pm PST
8:59 pm PST
Boston UniversitySouthern Methodist UniversityBard College
Carnegie Mellon UniversityUniversity of Missouri, Kansas CityColumbia University
Chapman UniversityUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Duke UniversityVanderbilt University
The Ohio State University

Harvard University
Washington University in St. LouisUniversity of Virginia

Note: some college admissions officers post the required submission times on their websites, like Ohio State or Brown University. While for other colleges, I’ve learned their required submission times through annual calls to admissions officers.

I’d recommend applicants contact the admissions offices directly to be sure of the submission time.

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Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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