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Can I apply to both Early Decision and Early Action?

Hey all, I'm planning my college application strategy and I'm a bit confused about the difference between Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA). Can I apply to both ED and EA at the same time? If so, are there any limitations or rules I should be aware of? Thanks for the help!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're planning your college application strategy early on. Yes, you can apply to both Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) simultaneously, but there are some important differences and rules to keep in mind.

Early Decision is a binding agreement, which means that if you're accepted to a college through ED, you're committing to attend that school and withdrawing all other applications. It's important to use ED for your top-choice school only. In contrast, Early Action is non-binding, so you don't have to commit to attending the college if accepted. You can apply EA to multiple schools and still have time to consider other options before making a decision.

That being said, some schools offer Restrictive Early Action (REA) or Single-Choice Early Action (SCEA), which may have limitations on applying to other schools - depending on their policies. It's essential to review each institution's rules carefully.

Check out this CollegeVine blog post that breaks down the differences between ED, EA, and REA, and offers additional insights: https://blog.collegevine.com/ea-vs-ed-vs-rea

Best of luck on your college journey!

9 months ago

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