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How do I decide if I should apply Early Decision or not?

Hey guys! I'm a junior and I've been thinking about applying Early Decision to my top-choice college. However, I'm not sure if it's the right move for me. What factors should I consider when deciding whether or not to apply ED? Thanks for your help!

10 months ago

Hi there! Deciding whether to apply Early Decision (ED) can be a tough choice, but I'll try to help you consider some factors.

First, you need to be absolutely certain that the college you're thinking of applying ED to is your top choice. If you're accepted, it's a binding commitment, so you'll need to be sure that's where you want to go.

Second, consider your financial situation. Since ED is binding, you won't be able to compare financial aid packages from multiple schools. If you're relying on a substantial amount of financial aid, it might be better to wait and apply Regular Decision (RD) to multiple schools so you can compare offers.

Third, evaluate your application's competitiveness. Applying ED can improve your chances of getting accepted, but it's not a guarantee. If you feel your application needs more time to shine, such as improving your extracurriculars or test scores, waiting for RD might be a better choice.

Lastly, think about the stress factor. Applying ED can be a relief if you get accepted, but it can also add pressure to an already stressful process.

Good luck with your decision!

10 months ago

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