Assuming you have done your college research and have narrowed down your list to the colleges and universities you feel would be the best match for you, the actual application happens in the first half of Upper VI Form (final year). The application deadline for most US colleges is November 1 for Early Action/Early Decision and January 1st for Regular Decision.
AUTUMN – Submission of online Common or Universal Application and all supporting materials.
October/November for Early Action/Early Decision and December to March – Evaluation process by colleges begins; applications are typically read in the order in which they are completed.
Our UK interviewers will appreciate your submitting at least your Common or Universal Application by Oct 1 for EA/ED or December 1 for Regular Action to allow time for scheduling an interview, even if your essays and school materials are not submitted until closer to the deadlines.
JANUARY 1 – Final deadline for all application materials. (January SAT or ACT testing will still arrive to colleges in time for spring decisions.)
EARLY APRIL – Decision notification, including financial aid awards.
MAY 1 – Admitted candidates’ reply date.