By Ellen Parlapiano
Study up on these admissions terms.
Common Application: A single application and essay accepted by more than 300 schools, accessible at www.commonapp.org.
Rolling Admission: Applications are reviewed as soon as they are received, until all slots are filled.
Early Decision (ED): Your kid applies by early November and must enroll if accepted. Only do for an absolute number one choice.
Early Action (EA): An early November deadline and pre-Christmas decision, but nonbinding, so your teen can still apply elsewhere.
Deferred: When ED and EA applications are neither accepted nor denied but considered with the regular- decision applicants for an April reply.
Regular Decision: Applications are due around January 1; answers arrive in April.
Waitlist: Status unknown until after May 1. In the meantime, submit a deposit to secure a spot at another school.