Is there a difference between applying at the first and the last deadlines in terms of regional placement or other factors?
We try to distribute placements as equally as possible across all our deadlines, so an applicant's placement opportunities at the first deadline are ideally the same as at the sixth deadline. In practice, there are external factors that could affect placement opportunities in specific regions.
For the 2017 corps, given testing and hiring timelines, we will not place any sixth deadline (March 3) applicants in the following regions:
- The Bay Area
- Los Angeles
- Metro Atlanta
In addition to these regions, we will not place any applicants after the third deadline (October 19) in San Diego due to certification timelines.
Applying to the first or second deadline does have other advantages, as it allows you more time to prepare for the transition to the corps.
All incoming corps members have to take certification exams and complete their pre-work in advance of summer training. This additional time can also be very helpful as you plan for this transition and a potential move to a new community.