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How do I choose between applying Early Action and Early Decision?

Hi guys! I'm trying to decide if I should apply Early Action or Early Decision to my top choice college. What are the differences and what should I consider when making this decision? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hello! Great question. The difference between Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) mainly lies in the level of commitment you're making to the college. Early Decision is a binding agreement, meaning if you're accepted, you're committed to attending that school and must withdraw all other applications. On the other hand, Early Action is non-binding, so you can apply to multiple schools and decide later where you'd like to attend. In both cases, you'll receive an admissions decision earlier than the regular decision pool.

When choosing between EA and ED, consider how certain you are about your top-choice college. If you're absolutely sure it's the right fit and you're willing to commit, ED may be the better option. However, if you'd like to keep your options open, compare financial aid packages, or explore other schools, EA is the safer choice.

Also, keep in mind that applying ED may show the college your strong interest in attending, which could potentially increase your chances of admission. Ultimately, it's important to weigh the pros and cons to make the best decision for your personal situation. Good luck!

9 months ago

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