Time zone for application deadlines

When a college specifies a date that an application closes, this means the application closes at midnight Pacific Time on that date. Note that this will vary by one hour depending on whether it is standard time or daylight savings time (see the below Key Concept table for more information).

It doesn't matter what time zone you're in when applying to the college, and it doesn't matter what time zone the college is in.  Applications can only be submitted until midnight Pacific Time on the day of the deadline. For example, if a college's deadline is Dec. 15,  an applicant in Los Angeles, CA (who is in the Pacific US time zone) must submit an application before midnight on Dec 15, and an applicant in Florida (who is in the Eastern US time zone) must submit an  application before 3 a.m. on Dec 16.

 

Key Concept

Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November.

  • During Daylight Savings, the application deadlines are based on midnight PDT (Pacific Daylight Time, which corresponds to fixed to UTC-7).
  • During standard time, the application deadlines are based on midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time, which corresponds to fixed to UTC-8)
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