Why is May 1 important?
Tigerville, SC (April 27, 2022) National College Decision Day traditionally lands on the first day of May each year. This date represents the deadline for high school seniors to pick their college, submit their acceptance, and make a deposit to attend a four-year college or university.
If a student hasn’t already zeroed in on where they want to attend college, they have some major thinking to do. For many seniors, this is the single most significant decision of their lives. While the options may be exciting, unfortunately, nothing is perfect in life. Each school has its pros and cons. This time can be both confusing and frustrating for teens and parents. This date is not flexible at most universities; however, North Greenville University values accessibility and works with families before and after May first. If a student is committed on or before May first, it gives them priority class registration and housing opportunities. If committed after May first, students transition to a first to come, first to serve process.
What do you need to do for National College Decision Day?
- Gather as much information as you can about potential colleges you are willing to get into and shrink the list. Join Facebook groups for admitted students, read reviews or chat with current students, and speak to friends and neighbors who have children or relatives attending the colleges you’re considering will go a long way in helping you gather as much information as you need.
- After choosing the college of your choice, a student needs to inform the college they will be attending in the fall. At NGU, this requires an enrollment deposit of $200. The amount goes onto the student’s account and reserves their spot in the class of 2026. Students pay conveniently online through their enrollment portal.
- If you are accepted at more than one college, it’s best to let the other schools know that you will not be accepting their offer. Doing this helps free up spaces for students who made it on the waiting list at those colleges.
- As May 1st nears, conversations with your parents are likely to increase. Use this time to discuss money, financial aid, and other ways to pay for college. Make sure to remind them of this deadline and get the money well in advance. You should also scope out all paperwork for places that may require a parent’s signature.
At most institutions, if you miss the May first deadline, you need to contact the admissions office immediately and ask to speak with an admissions counselor. But don’t worry, epic opportunities still await you at NGU—whenever you’re ready to decide. And until then, the Office of Admissions is always here to help.
Making your college decision by May first takes a huge burden off you to enjoy your remaining days in high school and gives you peace of mind. Making an early decision gives you a better chance of getting into preferred classes and housing, preparing financially to lower the likelihood of taking on debt, building relationships with other confirmed classmates, and the opportunity to connect with faculty in your area of study over the summer.
About North Greenville University
NGU offers more than 115 areas of study across certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and early college opportunities. Online. In-person. At our main campus in Tigerville, SC, the Tim Brashier Campus in Greer, SC, or several educational centers around the U.S. One university, many locations. Every day. Epic. Learn more.