WHS will process a maximum of six private college applications per student. Each online portal counts as one and students may apply to as many colleges as they choose within each portal.

However, students are highly encouraged to limit their choices prior to applying since application fees are expensive and too many choices can make the selection process more difficult.
Remember: You will attend only ONE college at a time.

When applying to private colleges, most will require you to submit your application through an online portal. Below are some examples of the most common used online portals:

Common App

Although these are the more common onliine portals, be sure to check the websites of the colleges in which you are applying to verify application requirements.

Regular Admissions
Seniors apply by a midwinter deadline, receive letters of acceptance/denial from colleges in early April, and make an acceptance decision by May 1st.

Rolling Admissions
Some colleges offer students the opportunity to apply and receive an admissions decision two to six weeks from the time the application was submitted.

Early Action
This is a "non-binding" plan that requires you to submit your application in early fall. The college sends letters of acceptance/denial by May 1st, which gives you time to compare colleges and their financial aid offers before making a decision, since an Early Action application does not commit you to enroll if offered admission.

Early Decision
This is considered "binding," so it's essential that you be certain about wanting to enroll in that college. As with Early Action plans, you submit an application in the early fall by the colleges stated deadline. Sometime before mid January, the college notifies you whether you have been admitted, deferred to the pool of regular applicants for a spring decision, or denied admission to the college.

By applying under an Early Decision plan, you have made a commitment to attend that college and surrendered the right to wait until May 1st to make a decision. Reneging on your agreement after being offered Early Decision admission could result in other colleges refusing to admit you.