Apply in August? Maybe, for rolling admissions
Most rising high school seniors are not planning to do much regarding college applications during the summer, but if they want to apply to those with rolling admissions, they should.
Rolling admissions means that a college reads applications, and sends decisions out, as they receive them, starting in August. Based on the yield the college expects (the number of students who accept their offer of admission per 100 accepted), they accept students until they think their class is full. This is different from schools with deadlines, who compare all applicants before sending out acceptance letters (emails).
Therefore, it is clear that a student interested in a college with rolling admissions should apply early. Financial aid and merit scholarships are also given out on a first-come first-served, basis, so applying early helps there too.
Here is a list of schools popular with students from New England that have rolling admissions. Contact me to see if any are a fit for your student, and to review the applications and essays before he or she clicks "send".
Penn State University (pictured)
Michigan State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Alabama