From summer to summer

You should begin applying 12 months before you enrol. The following is a rough timeline, but each university can set their own deadlines, so make sure you do your research and planning.


  • Finalise your university and external funding body choices, if necessary
  • Most university applications open online on 1 August, including the Common Application (used by over 650 US universities)
  • Begin drafting your university and funding applications
  • Make a schedule of application deadlines and requirements
  • Check to confirm the last ACT or SAT testing date each university will allow you to sit
  • Register for the appropriate ACT or SAT date if they are required


  • Attend USA College Day in September to meet universities and demonstrate interest
  • Request your transcript and references from your school
  • Register for and start completing the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE if necessary
  • Early application deadlines: early to mid-November


  • Early admissions and university funding decisions released in December
  • Regular application deadlines: between January and March
  • Continue to apply for additional scholarships from the university and external funding bodies during the winter and early spring


  • Regular admissions and university funding decisions released between March and April
  • Notify universities of your decision by 1 May
  • Begin your visa application process and attend a visa interview between May and August
  • Read the Fulbright pre-departure guide


  • Orientation usually begins between mid-August and early September, but don’t book your flights until you know your arrival date
  • Begin studying in the USA!