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How many schools can you apply early decision?

Hey everyone! I'm a junior trying to strategize for my college applications next year. Is there a limit to the number of schools to which I can apply early decision? Is it strictly one or can I choose to apply early decision to multiple schools? I appreciate any information you can provide on this topic!

9 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're starting to think about your college application strategy early on. Early Decision (ED) plans are binding, which means that if you are accepted to a school through ED, you are agreeing to enroll and withdraw all other applications. For this reason, applicants are generally allowed to apply to only one college under an ED agreement.

However, you may still apply to other schools under different non-binding plans like Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD), as long as you're aware of the agreement to attend the ED school if accepted. Be sure to check EA policies, as some colleges do have restrictions on applying EA when you have an ED application elsewhere. Note that Restrictive Early Action (REA) is similar to ED in that you can only apply to one school either through ED or REA.

Remember that strategy is important when choosing the best option for you, so don't hesitate to reach out to your school counselor or mentors for guidance. Good luck!

9 months ago

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