Absolutely! Some of the best college choice outcomes have come from students who didn’t start the college search and application process until October of senior year. Yes, this approach makes for a stressful few months, but in some cases that might be better than several stressful years.

And you’d be surprised to know many excellent colleges accept applications into the spring—and even early summer! Just because you missed the Early Decision application deadlines doesn’t mean you won’t have a phenomenal, life-changing college experience.