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Can someone explain the difference between Early Action and Early Decision?

Hey guys! I'm a junior and I've been hearing a lot about Early Action and Early Decision, but I'm a little confused about the differences between them. Can anyone explain the pros and cons of each and help me decide which one might be a better fit for me? Thanks so much!

10 months ago

Hello! It's great to see that you're getting a head start on understanding the college application process. Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) are both options that allow you to apply to colleges ahead of the regular deadline, typically in November. The main difference between the two is the level of commitment you make when you apply.

Early Decision is a binding agreement, meaning that if you're accepted to a college through ED, you must commit to attending that college and withdraw all other applications. This is ideal for students who have a clear top-choice school and are confident that it's the best fit for them both academically and financially. However, it may not be the best choice for students who need to compare financial aid packages from multiple schools.

Early Action, on the other hand, is non-binding. You can apply to multiple colleges through EA, and if you're accepted, you have until the standard May 1st deadline to decide which college to attend. This gives you more flexibility and time to weigh your options. The main advantage of EA is that it allows you to demonstrate your interest in a school and potentially receive an admissions decision earlier than regular decision applicants.

Ultimately, the choice between EA and ED depends on your individual circumstances and preferences. Good luck with your college applications!

10 months ago

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