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Should I apply Early Decision or Regular Decision?

Hello! I'm currently a junior and I've been researching the college application process. I came across Early Decision and Regular Decision and I'm a bit confused about which one I should choose. Can someone explain the pros and cons of each and help me decide which option would be best for me? Thanks!

8 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're starting to research the college application process early! Early Decision (ED) and Regular Decision (RD) both have their own benefits and drawbacks, so let me break it down for you. Early Decision is a binding application process, which means if you're accepted, you're committed to attending that college. It usually has an earlier deadline (around November) and you'll receive the decision earlier too (usually in December). The benefits of ED include a potentially higher acceptance rate and less stress as you'll know the outcome early. However, the major drawback is the binding nature of the decision, which means you won't be able to compare financial aid packages from other schools. Regular Decision, on the other hand, is non-binding and has later deadlines (typically around January). You'll receive decisions by April and have until May 1st to decide which college to attend. The biggest advantage of RD is the flexibility to apply to multiple colleges and compare financial aid offers. The competition might be a bit tougher, but you'll have more options. When deciding which one to choose, consider how confident you are about your top-choice school and how important financial aid and flexibility are to you. Best of luck!

8 months ago

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