EARLY DECISION? EARLY ACTION?
We help students MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE ON WHEN TO APPLY
EARLY DECISION (ED)
Applying Early Decision (ED) means submitting a complete application by November of Senior Year (usually by November 1), before the Early Action and Regular Decision deadlines. ED is a legally binding contract, and students may only submit an ED application to one school. Applying ED is the strongest way to express interest in attending, and therefore admission rates tend to be the highest in comparison to other deadlines. If a student is accepted ED, they promise to enroll and withdraw all other pending applications. ED is ideal for students who are committed to attending their top choice and are not interested in choosing between competing admissions offers or financial aid packages.
EARLY ACTION (EA)
Applying Early Action (EA) means submitting a complete application in November or December to receive an admission decision before the regular applicant pool. Unlike ED, EA is not legally binding so students may defer their enrollment decision until they receive competing admission offers. Some schools, notably Princeton and Harvard, have “restrictive” EA policies that disallow applying EA to multiple schools. EA is a strong way to express interest in a school, and therefore admission rates tend to be the higher than Regular Decision. EA is ideal for students who are motivated to complete applications early and receive early offers, often prior to the new year.
REGLUAR DECISION (RD)
Applying Regular Decision (RD) means submitting a complete application by the regular application deadline. RD is never binding, and students usually receive an admissions decision by early April of Senior Year. RD admission rates are usually more competitive than those of EA and ED because of the larger applicant pool. RD applicants usually have until May 1 (sometimes called “decision day”) to make an enrollment decision regardless of the date you receive your admission letter. RD is ideal for students who would like to weigh competing admission offers and financial aid packages from multiple schools. Applying RD also allows the most time during the fall of Senior Year to complete applications. RD applications may be due as early as November or as late as the summer after Senior Year.