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Does applying Early Decision (ED) really increase my chances of getting accepted?

Hello! So, I'm a junior and I've been researching about applying to colleges through Early Decision. I've heard that it might increase my chances of getting accepted, but I'm not entirely sure if it's true or just a myth. Can anyone clarify this for me? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great to see that you're proactive about your college application process. Applying Early Decision (ED) can indeed increase your chances of acceptance at some colleges. On average, you get about 1.6x better chances by applying ED. This means that if your RD acceptance rate is 10%, your ED acceptance chances would be around 16%. You can learn more here: https://blog.collegevine.com/does-applying-early-decision-increase-my-chances

This is because colleges tend to admit a significant portion of their incoming class through the ED process, and the applicant pool is generally smaller during this time. By applying ED, you're also demonstrating a strong interest in that particular college, which can be a positive factor in the admissions process.

However, it's important to note that the benefits of applying ED can vary depending on the college and the competitiveness of the applicant pool in a given year (some colleges, like MIT, which has EA, don't have higher early acceptance rates). Additionally, ED is a binding commitment, so you should only apply this way if you're absolutely certain that the college is your top choice.

Best of luck with your college applications, and feel free to ask any more questions you may have!

9 months ago

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