College admissions is an arduous process that can greatly affect the future of a student. The process can the the beginning of a path towards career opportunities. The ability of a student to obtain a scholarship of financial assistance can affect his level of debt for years beyond the conclusion of his education.
Different colleges use different application processes, with different deadlines and requirements. Some colleges are more friendly to homeschool applicants than others. Some colleges seek the best applicants, while others try to fill vacancies in their departments. Some colleges give an advantage to applicants who apply early.
Most colleges look at only the highest SAT scores in each exam, and will mix and match to pull out the highest scores on the SAT I.