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What's the difference between Early Action and Early Decision?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior and I've been hearing about Early Action and Early Decision, but I'm not exactly sure what the difference is between the two. Can someone explain it to me? And which one would you recommend? Thanks so much!

10 months ago

Hi there! I'd be happy to help clarify the difference between Early Action and Early Decision for you. Both are types of early application processes, but they have some key differences.

Early Action (EA) is a non-binding application process. This means that if you apply to a college via Early Action and are accepted, you are not obligated to enroll at that school. You'll still have until the national response date (usually May 1st) to make your final decision. This allows you to compare financial aid packages and consider other acceptances before committing.

Early Decision (ED), on the other hand, is a binding application process. If you apply to a college through Early Decision and are accepted, you must enroll at that school and withdraw any other applications you may have submitted. This option is ideal for students who have a clear first-choice school and are confident that they want to attend that institution.

As for which one I'd recommend, it really depends on your personal circumstances and preferences. If you have a dream school in mind and are certain you want to attend, Early Decision might be the best choice. However, if you want more flexibility and the chance to compare offers from multiple schools, Early Action would be a better fit. Best of luck with your college applications!

10 months ago

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