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Universities in the USA typically offer three intakes: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Fall, as is the case elsewhere in the world, is the biggest and most popular intake. It sees the greatest number of universities offer the greatest number of seats for its programs. For students who miss the Fall intake, the Spring intake is the second-largest intake option and a good alternative to kickstart your degree without waiting a full year.

Autumn/Fall Intake
Biggest intake of the year:

Most number of universities offering the most seats for their programs

JanuarySpring Intake
Second biggest intake of the year:

Best option for those who miss the Autumn intake

MaySummer Intake
Fewer universities offer fewer programs during this intake –the ideal time to enroll in short courses and summer programs

Types of deadlines in the USA

If you are applying for the Fall intake, there are a couple of different deadline types to consider in the USA.

IntakeDescriptionDeadline for Fall Intake 2024
Regular DecisionThe most common type of deadline that all US universities followJanuary 2024
Early DecisionA binding, contractual agreement between you and the university you’re applying to for early decision, in which you commit to attending this university if you receive an offerNovember-December 2023
Early ActionStudents apply and receive their admissions decision early, but your application is not binding and therefore you have time to choose among different offersNovember-December 2023
Rolling AdmissionUniversities accept applications all year around

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