Can I apply to more than one college Early Decision?

Hello all! I'm a high school junior and I'm considering applying Early Decision to a couple of colleges. Is it possible to apply to more than one college ED, or am I limited to just one? Thanks for your advice!

4 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thinking ahead and considering your options for college admissions. Early Decision (ED) is a popular choice for students who have a specific top-choice college in mind. However, Early Decision is a binding agreement, which means if you're accepted to a college through ED, you are committed to attending that school and must withdraw any applications to other colleges. Because of this binding aspect, you can only apply to one college through Early Decision. Applying to multiple colleges through Early Decision would create a conflict of commitment. If you're accepted to two schools through ED, you would be bound by the agreement to attend both, which is not possible. Instead, you may want to consider applying Early Action (EA) to some schools. Early Action is a non-binding early application option that allows you to apply to multiple colleges and still receive an early decision. If you're accepted through EA, you can choose to commit to the college or wait until the regular decision period to make your choice. This gives you more flexibility and doesn't lock you into attending a specific school. I hope this information is helpful, and I wish you the best of luck with your college applications!

4 months ago
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