APPLY EARLY, optimally no later than 4 weeks after the application becomes available. The only exception is for services that open in April. In this case it is still optimal to apply a few weeks after finals.
Do not wait for admission exam scores or to finish pending prerequisite courses before applying UNLESS those scores or courses will be completed soon after the application becomes available.
Deferred or delayed matriculation is not usually recommended. Apply only if you plan to matriculate in the upcoming class. However, in special cases some schools allow a deferment, and there can be valid reasons for it. See the school websites for policies.
Before you submit your application consult with Dr. Amanda Siglin. Our manageable applicant pool allows for the personal attention that will optimize your chances for success. Be sure that she has your phone numberbefore you leave for the summer.