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How do I decide whether to apply Early Action or Regular Decision?

Hey everyone! I'm a junior in high school, and I've been researching different application timelines for college. I'm not sure whether I should apply Early Action or Regular Decision. What are the pros and cons of each, and how did you guys decide which option was best for you? Thanks for any help you can provide!

10 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're being proactive about your college application process. As someone who has recently gone through this with my child, I'd be happy to share some insights on Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD). Early Action allows you to apply to colleges earlier than the regular deadline, usually in November, and you'll typically receive the decision by December or January. The main benefits of EA are that you can potentially have more options and less stress, since you'll know the results earlier. It also shows your interest in the college, which might give you a slight edge. However, EA may not be the best choice if you think your application would benefit from having more time to improve your grades, test scores, or extracurriculars. Regular Decision gives you more time to work on your application, and you'll submit it around January, with results coming in around March or April. This can be helpful if you're unsure about your top-choice schools or need extra time to polish your application. My child chose to apply EA to a few schools they were really interested in and then applied RD to others. Ultimately, it depends on your specific situation, but I'd recommend talking to your school counselor and weighing the pros and cons based on your unique circumstances. Best of luck with your applications!

10 months ago

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