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What are the main differences between Early Action and Regular Decision?

I'm currently a junior and trying to learn about the college application process. Could someone please clarify the differences between Early Action and Regular Decision? I'm aware of Early Decision, but I'm not ready to commit to a single school yet. How does Early Action compare, in terms of deadlines, acceptance rates, and any other factors I should consider? Thank you!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're becoming familiar with the different application options as a junior. I'm more than happy to help clarify the differences between Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD) for you.

In terms of deadlines, EA typically has an application deadline of November 1st or 15th, while RD deadlines are usually around January 1st or 15th. The main difference between the two is that EA is an earlier, non-binding application option, whereas RD is considered the standard application timeline. You're generally notified of your EA decision in December and RD in March/April.

Acceptance rates can sometimes be somewhat higher for EA, but this varies by school. It's believed that applying EA shows your interest in the school, which can be a plus. However, it doesn't guarantee admission, so you should only apply early if you are prepared to submit your strongest application at that time and have considerable interest in that school.

Overall, applying EA can be a great strategy if you're prepared and want to demonstrate interest in a school without the binding decision that comes with Early Decision (ED). Good luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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