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Everything you need to know about Rolling Admissions

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If you are embarking on your medical school college application journey, you must be encountering new terminology by the day – particularly something known as rolling admissions. While rolling admissions may appear quite similar to regular admissions: they have one key difference. Whereas most colleges set a deadline before they review applications and begin making decisions about who to admit, Caribbean med schools that offer rolling admissions review and evaluate applications on an ongoing basis, until they have filled all the slots for an incoming class – no set deadlines. With rolling admissions, college committees do not wait until they have received all applications to decide who to accept, which means that you can get a decision within four to six weeks after applying. If rolling admissions isn’t something you are familiar with, read on to discover how rolling admissions work, and whether it is a suitable choice for you.

Regular vs. Rolling Admissions

Regular admissions follow a traditional, structured timeline with fixed deadlines for applications. Applicants are required to submit all necessary documents, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statements, by a specific date. After the deadline, the admissions committee reviews all applications simultaneously, and decisions are typically released around the same time. This process allows for a comprehensive comparison of all applicants, ensuring that each candidate is evaluated within the context of the entire applicant pool. However, it also means that applicants have to wait longer to receive a decision and may face more intense competition, as all decisions are made at once.

In contrast, rolling admissions offer a more flexible and ongoing application review process. Applications are reviewed as they are received, and decisions are made on a continual basis until all available spots are filled. This method can be advantageous for students who apply early, as their applications are considered without the pressure of a final deadline looming over them. Early applicants often have a higher chance of acceptance, as there are more seats available at the beginning of the admissions cycle. Additionally, rolling admissions can reduce the anxiety of waiting for a decision, as applicants typically receive feedback much sooner. However, it also means that those who apply later in the cycle may find themselves vying for fewer spots, potentially increasing the difficulty of gaining acceptance.

Common Misconceptions about Rolling Admissions

“I Can Apply Anytime and Still Have a Good Chance”

This one’s a biggie. While it’s true that rolling admissions don’t have a hard deadline, applying late in the cycle can seriously hurt your chances. By the time spring rolls around, a lot of the spots might already be filled, making it tougher to snag a spot.

“They Don’t Start Reviewing Until All Applications Are In”

Nope, this isn’t like regular admissions. With rolling admissions, schools review applications as they come in. This means if you apply early, your application gets seen sooner, which can be a big advantage. Waiting until the last minute can mean your application is at the bottom of a very tall stack.

“I Can Relax and Apply Whenever”

Sure, the flexible timeline sounds less stressful, but it can actually lead to procrastination. The earlier you apply, the better your chances. The spots may fill up quicker than you think, even with a rolling admission policy. So, while it feels like you have all the time in the world, the smart move is to get your application in as soon as you’re ready.

“Rolling Admissions Mean Easier Admissions”

If you believe that applying early through rolling admissions means that you will be facing a less stringent academic criteria, we are sorry to burst your bubble. Whether you are apprehensive about meeting GPA requirements or submitting well-written personal statements, admissions criteria remain the same whether you apply through regular or rolling admissions. If anything, the competition can get fiercer as time goes on and fewer spots are available. Rolling admissions is not a backdoor to an easy acceptance and you should approach your admissions application with the highest level of diligence and care.

Rolling Admissions: Pros and Cons

Rolling admissions can be a game-changer for many applicants, offering a different set of advantages and challenges compared to traditional admissions processes. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons to help you decide if it’s the right fit for you:


Flexibility in Application Timing: Rolling admissions provide the flexibility to apply at any time during the admission cycle, which can be especially beneficial for students who might need more time to complete their applications or improve their academic records.

Faster decisions help alleviate stress: One of the biggest advantages is that you can receive an admissions decision relatively quickly after submitting your application. This can significantly reduce the anxiety and waiting time associated with traditional admissions processes.

Applying early helps your chances of admission: Applying early in the cycle often means less competition since there are more spots available. This can increase your chances of acceptance, especially if your application stands out when fewer applications have been reviewed.

More room for Reapplication: If you are not accepted early on, some schools might allow you to reapply or update your application with new information, such as improved test scores or additional coursework.

Immediate Feedback for Planning: Knowing your admission status early can help you make more informed decisions about your future, such as securing housing, financial planning, or even deciding to apply to other schools if necessary.


Early Competition Can Be Stiff: While early applications can be advantageous, they can also be highly competitive. Many students who apply early are well-prepared and have strong applications, so you need to ensure that your application is polished and competitive from the start.

Limited Spots Later in the Cycle: As the admissions cycle progresses, the number of available spots decreases. Applying later can mean facing more competition for fewer spots, potentially lowering your chances of acceptance.

Risk of Procrastination: The flexible timeline might lead some students to procrastinate, thinking they have plenty of time to apply. This can backfire if you end up rushing your application or missing the optimal window for submission.

Variable Decision Timelines: While decisions are made on a rolling basis, the time it takes to receive a decision can vary. Some students might get a response within weeks, while others might wait months, depending on the school’s process and the volume of applications they receive.

A constant sword over your head: Unlike regular admissions with a clear start and end, rolling admissions can create a continuous pressure to apply as soon as possible. This ongoing nature might add stress for students who are juggling multiple responsibilities or still working on enhancing their applications.


With trimesters starting in January, May and September, Windsor University School of Medicine offers rolling admissions, providing you with a convenient and flexible option to pursue your dream career. If you are looking to apply for our September intake, we recommend that you start as early as late May or early June. Applying early increases the chances of your application processing on time, ensuring a stress-free journey.  Enroll in WUSOM’s upcoming September’2024 term today and get one step closer to achieving your goals.

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