As the opening of school gets closer and closer, you may be wondering, is it too late to apply to boarding school? The answer is … no! There is still time to begin your boarding school admissions process.
While not every boarding school is still accepting applications for the coming fall, numerous independent schools, both boarding and day, are still looking for the best students to fill their last few openings. These schools offer something called “rolling admissions,” which means they accept applicants all throughout the year and do not have a set date that applications are due.
Here are a few key things to keep in mind as you think about applying to boarding school in the summer.
The longer you wait, the less likely there will be slots available for enrollment. That means, schedule a visit and interview right away when you know you’re interested.
Campus visits won’t be fully representative of the school, since students are away on summer vacation. The campus may seem quiet and empty, but remember that in just a month or two, the halls and walkways will again be bustling with activity.
Use your campus tour and buy research papers to get a student perspective on campus life. Even though school is out, most schools still try to bring in student tour guides during the summer. Make a point to ask if this is possible, and use your time with a student to ask questions.
Financial aid is dwindling. At most schools, by the time summer rolls around, financial aid has likely already been allocated to students who applied by the preferred deadlines. If you need financial aid, you may want to consider if you need to delay your entrance date a year to make the application deadlines.
If you’re interested in applying to boarding schools this summer, get those applications in right away!