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Is it better to apply Early Decision or Regular Decision?

Hey everyone! I'm currently a junior and trying to plan my college application strategy. I'm wondering if applying Early Decision (ED) would give me a better chance of getting into my dream school, or if I should stick with Regular Decision (RD). I've heard that ED might have a higher acceptance rate, but I'm not sure. Can anyone provide some insight on this? Thanks in advance!

10 months ago

Hey there! You're asking a great question, and it's good that you're starting to think about your college application strategy early on. From my experience with my own child, I can tell you that there are pros and cons to both Early Decision and Regular Decision. While it's true that some colleges might have a higher acceptance rate for ED applicants, you should also consider that ED is a binding agreement, meaning if you're accepted, you're committing to attend that school and withdraw all other applications. So, it's essential to be absolutely certain that the school you're applying to ED is your top choice and that you've thoroughly researched its financial aid policies, as you won't be able to compare aid offers from other schools. On the other hand, applying RD gives you more flexibility, as you can apply to multiple colleges and compare their offers before making a decision. However, RD can be more competitive, and you might have a slightly lower chance of getting in compared to ED. Ultimately, it depends on your individual circumstances and priorities. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons carefully and discuss your options with your family and school counselor. Good luck!

10 months ago

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