Most colleges and universities in this country, including John Carroll University, belong to a professional member organization called the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). One main function of this organization is to assure that colleges institute procedures that are in the best interests of students. To that end, this organization has constructed a “Statement of Principles of Good Practice.”

All NACAC members agree to abide by the rules in this Statement. A major tenet of this Statement includes a provision for the National Candidates’ Reply Date. “College and University Members agree that they will permit first-year candidates for fall admission to choose, without penalty, among offers of admission and financial aid until May 1. It is understood that May 1 will be viewed as the postmark date. Candidates admitted under an early decision program are a recognized exception to this provision.” (NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice, II, B, 3)