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How can I decide between early action and early decision?

Hey guys! I'm a junior, and I'm starting to think about whether I should apply early action or early decision to my top-choice colleges. What are the main differences between the two, and how can I decide which one is right for me? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're already thinking about your college application process. Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) are both ways to apply to colleges before the regular deadline, but they come with some key differences.

Early Action is a non-binding option, meaning that if you're accepted, you're not obligated to attend that college. It allows you to apply to multiple colleges under EA and gives you more time to compare offers, scholarships, and financial aid packages before making a decision. The deadline is usually around November, and you'll typically hear back by January.

On the other hand, Early Decision is a binding agreement, which means that if you're accepted, you must attend that college and withdraw your applications to other schools. This option is best for students who are absolutely sure about their top-choice college. The deadlines for ED are similar to EA, but acceptance rates tend to be higher since colleges know you're committed to attending.

To decide which option is best for you, consider how certain you are about your top-choice college, your financial situation, and whether you'd like the opportunity to compare offers from multiple schools. Speak with your high school counselor, research your top-choice colleges' policies, and weigh the pros and cons to make the most informed decision. Good luck!

9 months ago

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