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Should I apply to colleges with binding Early Decision?

Hey everyone, I'm a junior in high school and I've been considering applying to some colleges with binding Early Decision. I'm not sure if it's the right choice for me, though. What are the pros and cons of applying ED, and how did you guys decide whether to do it or not? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking ahead and considering your college application options. Applying Early Decision (ED) has both pros and cons, so let's discuss them briefly before you make a decision.

Pros:

1. It can increase your chances of getting accepted to your top-choice school, as colleges often have higher acceptance rates during the ED round.

2. You'll get an admissions decision earlier, usually by December, which can ease your anxiety and give you peace of mind.

Cons:

1. ED is binding, meaning that if you're accepted, you must attend that school and withdraw all other college applications. This can be a drawback if you're not 100% sure that the school is your top choice or if you want to compare financial aid offers from multiple schools.

2. You won't have the opportunity to improve your application with your senior year grades or extracurricular achievements.

Ultimately, whether to apply ED or not depends on your unique situation. If you're confident that a particular school is your top choice and you'd be happy attending regardless of financial aid, then ED might be a good option for you. Otherwise, it might be best to apply through non-binding early action or regular decision. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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