Beyond the Application
Once you've completed and submitted the application, make sure you receive confirmation from each school that they're in possession of your application. At this point application files are handed over to the Admissions Committees.
Schools generally publish their "notification dates," which are the dates on which they mail out their admissions decisions. Ask each school for their notification dates.
If you receive a letter of acceptance, well, congratulations! You generally have 30 days to respond. To formally accept, parents or guardians are required to sign an enrollment contract and provide a nonrefundable tuition deposit.
If you are accepted but plan to attend elsewhere, please notify the school in writing so that they can award the space to another student.