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Does applying early decision (ED) really increase your chances?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior considering applying early decision to my top choice – Columbia University. I've heard that applying ED can offer an advantage, but I'm wondering if that's really true. Can anyone weigh in on this? Thank you in advance!

9 months ago

Hello! Applying early decision can indeed increase your chances of admission, especially at highly competitive schools like Columbia University. When you apply ED, you're showing the school that it is your top choice and that you're committed to attending if accepted. This can sometimes lead the admissions office to view your application more favorably.

On average, you get about 1.6x better chances by applying ED, after controlling for profile strength (as early apps tend to be stronger). 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. Columbia's ED acceptance rate is actually around 11% and its RD acceptance rate is around 3%.

However, it's important to remember that applying early decision also comes with some potential downsides. Most significantly, it's a binding agreement – meaning if you're accepted, you're expected to enroll and withdraw applications to other schools. This can limit your financial aid options, as you won't be able to compare packages from multiple schools. So, while it can give you an advantage in terms of acceptance rates, you should carefully weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Best of luck with your college applications!

9 months ago

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