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Applying Early Decision vs. Early Action: Which one should I choose?

I am considering two top-choice schools - one offers Early Decision, and the other offers Early Action. Should I apply to one of them over the other? I'm afraid I might not get into my dream school if I apply Early Action instead of binding Early Decision.

9 months ago

It's essential to understand the difference between Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) when deciding which one to choose. Early Decision is a binding agreement; if admitted, you must attend the college, whereas Early Action is non-binding, allowing you more time to make a decision.

Take the time to analyze which college truly feels like the right fit for you academically, socially, and financially. Think about your willingness to make a binding commitment to one school. If you are absolutely sure about your top-choice school and it offers ED, then applying through Early Decision can potentially increase your chances of admission.

On the other hand, if you would like to compare financial aid offers from multiple colleges or are not entirely ready to commit to one college, then applying through Early Action might be a better route. Although it's possible that the admit rate for EA may be lower than ED, it still generally gives applicants an edge over those applying Regular Decision.

In my own experience, my child faced a similar dilemma. They ultimately decided to apply EA because they wanted the option to make a final decision after receiving financial aid offers from multiple colleges. This decision allowed them to evaluate which college was the best fit overall.

9 months ago

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