Apply Early to Teach For America

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Why Apply Early?


Applying early to TFA allows you to start your final year of college with a job offer in hand and provides extended time to prepare for the transition. During your senior year, you can connect with our vast network of social impact leaders and access leadership development opportunities available exclusively to early admitted applicants.


Headshot of an early admitted corps member
Caroline Gold
New York 2017
Northwestern University
By applying early, I was given almost four months to consider my offer. During that time, I leveraged the TFA alumni network to learn about the classroom experiences of alums, signed up for education newsletters to better understand the ins and outs of public school systems, and read books on transformational teachers. When it came time to accept my offer, I felt prepared, confident, and comfortable in my decision.
Christian Castro
Christian Castro
Bay Area 2018
University of Chicago
I was able to connect with other people in my same place, current corps members, alumni, and people from my region; this was key for me. The opportunity to speak to so many people allowed me to make an informed decision.


Application Details

  • How to Apply Early
  • Application Assistance

How To Apply Early

The first step to applying is submitting an online application. Applications are non-binding. If invited to advance in the admissions process, you will then be asked to complete a pre-interview activity, provide recommendations, upload transcripts, and participate in an interview.

Our admissions process is designed to help us determine whether you possess the characteristics we’ve seen in our most successful corps members. We admit people whose unique strengths convince us that they have what it takes to lead students to academic success.

Juniors and co-terming seniors will be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. We encourage you to apply when you believe your application will be the strongest, whether that is as a junior or as a senior.  

If you are admitted to the corps early, you will attend training the summer after you graduate from college and begin teaching that fall. Throughout your senior year, you will have the opportunity to participate in professional development and networking opportunities.

Application Assistance

As you start your application, we have several resources to help you submit the best application possible.

2019 Early Admissions Deadlines


The application for our 2019 corps will re-open in August 2018. Sign up to be notified.

Opportunities for Early Admits


Applying early to TFA comes with additional benefits and learning opportunities. If admitted early to the corps, you’ll have exclusive access to programs throughout the school year. More information will be shared upon your acceptance to TFA.

  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Networking Opportunities

Leadership Summit

Attend our hallmark leadership summit with other early admitted corps members. Observe classrooms, meet current teachers and community members, and take part in workshops and projects.

Corps Member Conferences

Attend initiative-based corps member conferences, such as LGBTQ Brave Education Summits.

Regional Visits

Visit your placement region for a two-to three-day experience to gain a deeper understanding of educational inequity in the community and the impact you’ll have on students.

Teacher and Leadership Prep Courses

Access to on-demand preparation tools to build your teaching and leadership skills prior to your summer training. Explore topics such as leadership development, diversity and inclusiveness, and teaching instruction.

Partnership Organization Internships and Jobs

Explore paid opportunities with TFA’s partner organizations to learn skills related to teaching.

Certification Prep

Receive access to test diagnostics for the most commonly taken certification tests and additional test prep opportunities.


Alumni Mentoring

Learn from and network with top TFA alumni to hear about their experience, as well as valuable advice.

Inside TFA Podcasts

Hear from organizational leaders, specialists, and teachers. Get unfiltered perspectives on corps member life, including summer institute and transitioning into the corps.

Virtual Alumni Communities

Join identity-based spaces led by alumni to start building community before joining the corps.

Frequently Asked Questions


Have a question not addressed here? Contact us.

  • Eligibility
  • Application Process
  • Applying Early vs. Waiting Until Next Year
  • Once You’re Admitted
Can I apply before my senior year?
Yes! College juniors can apply early to Teach For America. As an early admissions applicant, you’ll be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. We encourage you to apply when you believe your application will be the strongest, whether that is as a junior or as a senior.
Am I eligible to apply early to the corps?
Eligibility for the 2019 early admissions application included: Undergraduate graduation date between 07/01/2018 and 06/30/2019 Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher U.S. Citizen, National/Permanent Resident, or recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals If you are not yet eligible to apply to Teach For America, you can learn more about internships and opportunities to get involved with our mission now. More information about applying early to our 2020 corps will be available in winter 2018.
I already have my bachelor’s degree and will graduate with my master’s this summer. Can I apply early to the corps?
If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you are not eligible through early admissions process. The early admissions process is specifically for college juniors. The only exception is for applicants in a dual-degree program who will receive both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the same time (often known as co-terming). If you are not eligible to apply early to the corps, we encourage you to apply through the standard process.
My parents have questions about TFA. Do you have information that I can share with them?
We know that family members and friends can play a big role in your decision to join Teach For America and your success as a teacher. We've designed an overview specifically for loved ones to inform them about the details of our program and the many shared benefits of teaching in a low-income community, as well as provide answers to frequently asked questions.
What does the early application process look like?
Applying early for the corps is almost exactly the same as our regular admissions process, the application and notification timing is just different. Read more about application steps and requirements on How to Apply.
What if I can’t attend my interview?
If you are invited to a interview and cannot attend for any reason, you can reapply through our next application season. Should you choose to reapply, you would need to complete a new online application as well as any additional required activities and interviews to which you are invited. Please keep in mind that applicants who choose to reapply are not guaranteed to be invited to any specific portion of the process.
If I am not admitted early, can I still apply to the corps the following application season?
Yes. If you are not admitted, you are eligible to apply to the corps the following season. The 2019 regular application deadlines will be announced in August 2018.
What is the benefit to applying to the corps early?
Applying to Teach For America as a junior or co-terming senior allows you to start your final year with a job offer in hand. You’ll have an extended period to consider your offer and prepare for your corps experience. You’ll be able to spend additional time connecting with a vast network of social impact leaders and have access to leadership development opportunities exclusively available to early admits.
If I just started a new leadership role in an organization, should I wait to apply?
You should apply when you think your application will be the strongest. As one of our selection criteria is strong achievement in academic, professional, extracurricular, and/or volunteer settings, if you're not able to speak to the impact you have had yet, it may be best to wait until fall 2018 and apply through the standard admissions process.
Am I more likely to be admitted if I apply early?
No. We evaluate candidates based on competitiveness, not the timing of their application. Those who apply early to the corps will be evaluated on the same criteria as any other applicant. Corps members are selected based on leadership potential and other criteria. We encourage you to apply when you believe your application will be the strongest.
Am I more likely to get one of my Highly Preferred regions if I apply early?
No. In order to preserve the fairness of our assignment process for all applicants, applicants are no more or less likely to get one of their highly preferred regions than applicants at any other deadline.
What happens if I am admitted?
If you are admitted, you will be notified of your admissions decision according to your application deadline and will then be able to accept our offer in the fall of 2018—likely in November 2018. During the summer, we will reach out to you with additional information about our program, your region, and what you can be doing to prepare for the corps.
What happens if I apply early and I'm not admitted ?
If you are not admitted, you are eligible to re-apply to the corps through our standard application process. Should you choose to reapply, you would need to complete a new online application as well as any additional required activities and interviews to which you are invited. Please keep in mind that applicants who choose to reapply are not guaranteed to be invited to any specific portion of the process.
If admitted early, will I get my regional, subject, and grade-level assignment right away?
You will receive your regional assignment, but not your grade-level or subject assignment after learning of your acceptance into TFA. Our regions work with school districts to determine the grade level and subject assignment of our corps members, and do not typically have projections on their school districts’ needs for future school years. However, we will be able to give you your regional assignment so that you know where you will be placed. Take a look at the communities where we work.
If admitted early, when do I have to accept my offer?
For applicants who applied early to the 2019 corps: You will need to accept your offer in the fall of 2018. Many campuses have policies which dictate when students can formally accept job offers, so we have all admitted early applicants confirm their offers with the first round of applicants in the 2019 season, which is typically in November.