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How do I know if I should apply to a college through Early Action or Regular Decision?

Hello everyone! I'm a junior and I'm researching different college application options. How do I know if I should apply to a college through Early Action or Regular Decision? What are the pros and cons of each? Thanks for any insights!

11 months ago

Hey there! It's great to see you researching college application options early on. Deciding between Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD) can be a bit tricky, but I'll share some insights based on my experience with my child's college application process.

Early Action is a non-binding option that allows you to apply and receive a decision earlier than the regular decision process. Pros of EA include potentially less competition, less stress as you'll know the decision early, and it might show the college your enthusiasm for attending. However, the cons are that you might feel rushed to complete your application, and you may not have as much time to improve your grades, test scores, or extracurriculars.

Regular Decision gives you more time to work on your application, demonstrate your academic progress, and gather strong recommendation letters. The cons are that you might face more competition and have to wait longer for a decision.

Ultimately, it depends on your personal circumstances. If you feel confident in your current grades, test scores, and extracurriculars, and you have a clear top choice, applying EA could be beneficial. If you think you need more time to strengthen your application, it's better to go with Regular Decision. Good luck!

11 months ago

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