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How crucial are HBCU application deadlines?

Hey everyone, so I'm applying to several HBCUs and I'm kind of confused about how strict their application deadlines are. Are they usually firm on the cut-off dates or do they have some leniency? My worry is that a couple of my recommendation letters might come in just a tad late. Don't want that to hurt my chances! Thoughts?

7 months ago

Hi there! I totally understand your concern about recommendation letters and deadlines. Generally, HBCUs, like all colleges, do set specific application deadlines that applicants are expected to meet. These deadlines are typically firm, especially for Early Decision or Early Action phases since they help colleges manage the flow of applications and decision timelines. However, if recommendation letters are arriving slightly past the deadline, some schools may show leniency, particularly if you've submitted all other parts of your application on time. My suggestion would be to reach out directly to the admissions offices of the HBCUs you're applying to and explain your situation. They could potentially make a note in your file or give you specific guidance. Also, ensure your recommenders are aware of the deadlines and do their best to submit the letters promptly. To mitigate the risk of any delays affecting your application, it's good practice to ask for recommendations well in advance of deadlines. This way, even if something comes up, you'll have a buffer. Good luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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