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How do I decide between applying early decision or regular decision?

Hello everyone! I'm a junior in high school and I'm trying to plan out my college application timeline. I've heard about early decision, but I'm not sure if it's the right choice for me. How do I decide if I should apply early decision or just stick with regular decision? Any advice would be appreciated!

10 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're already thinking about your college application timeline. When deciding between early decision (ED) and regular decision (RD), there are a few factors to consider. First, early decision is a binding agreement, which means that if you're accepted, you're committed to attending that school. Therefore, it's essential to be absolutely sure that the ED school is your top choice and that you're willing to forgo the opportunity to compare financial aid packages from other colleges. If you're not completely certain, it might be better to apply through regular decision or consider early action (EA) if available, which is non-binding. Second, applying ED can demonstrate a strong interest in the school, which might increase your chances of getting accepted. However, this advantage might not be as significant if your application isn't competitive enough. Lastly, consider your application's strength. If you think you can improve your profile (e.g., by raising your GPA or taking more challenging courses), it might be better to wait for regular decision. Ultimately, it's a personal decision that depends on your priorities and how you feel about the schools on your list. Good luck!

10 months ago

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