The typical schedule for applying for student registration in college is to apply in October or November. This is for applying for the following school year. Many colleges give early decisions around December or January.
Some colleges also accept early applications or late applications. Since every school is different, it is important to look at the specific dates when applications are accepted. If the date is missed, the prospective student has to wait an entire year before applying again. Applying early is a good idea for people who need to work out financial aid, want to apply for other colleges as well, and who need to work out living arrangements early.