|Be aware of rolling |
There is another option, called rolling admission, which means your chance at admission is greatest the earlier you submit an application. The school fills enrollment spots as they receive applications, and don't necessarily save a certain number of slots for different deadlines.
For rolling admissions, applying as early as possible is the best policy.
A few schools in North Carolina do rolling admissions, including UNC Pembroke and North Carolina A&T State University. After its first two early action deadlines, Guilford College switches to a rolling admission policy.
As always, it's wisest for students to research each school's policies on admissions.