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How do I decide between applying for Early Action or Regular Decision?

Hi all, I'm a little bit confused about when to apply to college. Can someone help me understand the pros and cons of applying Early Action versus Regular Decision? I want to ensure I'm making the right choice for myself and my chances of getting into my dream schools. Thanks for your input!

9 months ago

Hello! It's important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of applying Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD) before making a decision.

The primary advantage of EA is receiving an admissions decision earlier, often by December. If you're admitted, this can lessen the stress associated with college applications and give you more time to consider financial aid offers and other factors. Additionally, EA can sometimes improve your chances of acceptance, as colleges may perceive your interest as stronger.

However, applying EA may not be the best choice if your application would notably improve during the first semester of senior year, whether through higher grades, test scores, or extracurricular accomplishments. In that case, RD would provide more time for growth.

You can read more about the differences between EA and RD here: [https://blog.collegevine.com/early-action-vs-early-decision-vs-restricted-early-action-vs-regular-decision/] Ultimately, the choice depends on your individual circumstances and comfort with your current application's competitiveness. Good luck!

9 months ago

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