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How do I decide whether or not to apply to a college with a binding early decision?

Hi everyone, I'm a junior, and I've been researching early decision options for college applications. I'm considering applying to a college with a binding early decision agreement, but I'm not sure if it's the right choice for me. What are the potential benefits and drawbacks of applying early decision? How did you all make this decision? Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're doing your research on early decision options. I went through a similar process with my child when they were applying to colleges. I'll share some insights that might help you make your decision. Early decision can have several benefits, including potentially increasing your chances of getting into your top-choice school. Colleges often appreciate the commitment shown by early decision applicants, and this may give you an edge in the admissions process. It can also be a relief to have your college plans set early, allowing you to focus on your senior year without the stress of regular decision applications. However, there are some drawbacks to consider as well. Early decision is binding, so if you're accepted, you're expected to enroll in the college and withdraw all other applications. This means you won't be able to compare financial aid offers from different schools, which could be a significant factor for some families. Another downside is that if you're not accepted, you might feel rushed to complete your regular decision applications, which are typically due soon after early decision notifications. In helping my child make this decision, we considered how strongly they felt about their top-choice school. Was it truly their dream college, or were there other schools they were equally excited about? We also discussed the importance of financial aid and flexibility in their college decision. Ultimately, my child chose not to apply early decision, but it could be the right choice for you depending on your priorities and circumstances. I hope this helps you weigh the pros and cons! Best of luck with your decision and college applications!

9 months ago

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