The Spring 2017 application deadline is a month away, and there are plenty of reasons you should join us sooner rather than later.

1. The program starts sooner
This one is pretty obvious, but sometimes applicants forget how fast the turnaround is for our spring class. While the pressure to submit a completed application by the deadline is tighter compared to fall applicants, it means you can start at SIPA just three months after the deadline. So if you’re ready to start the next step in your life, then spring is the perfect time! After all, who really has time to wait?

2. You get, count ’em, two summers
Since you graduate at the end of your final fall semester (as opposed to your final spring semester), you’ll actually get to spend two summers as a SIPA student! You can enjoy your summers as a homework-free grad school in your hometown. Or take advantage of all that free time by pursuing two different internships (one each summer), as Andreas Maerki, MPA 2014points out.

3. There are three snowball fight seasons
In addition to two summers, you’ll get three winters in the city! While some of you might find that fact chilling, it’s actually very beautiful in the city when the snow falls. Need some proof? Here’s a great video by Columbia University student, Kevin Chiu SEAS 2017, which he shot at last year’s first snowball fight of the season. (Can you feel the goosebumps?)

4. Your cohort gets a fun nickname
We affectionately (and unofficially) call them “J-termers,” with “J” standing for January, the term they initially join SIPA. As a J-termer, your entering cohort is smaller, with roughly 60 students, so that means you’ll really connect with all of your classmates in your first term.

If becoming a J-termer sounds good to you, there’s no better time than today to start your application.

So what are you waiting for? The Spring 2017 application deadline for the Master of International Affairs & Master of Public Administration programs is October 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST (UTC-4 hours).