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Can you apply early decision and early action at the same time?

Hi everyone! I have a quick question about college applications. Is it possible to apply early decision to one school and early action to another simultaneously? I just want to know if there are any rules against this because I want to maximize my chances of getting into my top choice schools. Thanks for any help you can provide!

9 months ago

Absolutely, you can apply early decision (ED) to one school and early action (EA) to another at the same time. In fact, many students choose this approach to increase their chances of getting into their top-choice schools. Just keep in mind the different commitments and implications of each admission plan.

Early decision is a binding agreement, meaning that if you are accepted to the school, you are required to enroll and attend. You should apply ED to your top-choice school, the one you absolutely know you want to attend if admitted. Make sure to withdraw any other applications you have submitted once you receive an ED acceptance.

Early action, on the other hand, is non-binding. You can apply EA to multiple schools without any commitment to attend if you are accepted. This gives you the benefit of potentially receiving early notification of admission without needing to make a decision right away.

While you can apply to both ED and EA programs, be aware of the specific policies of each college as they can differ. Always double-check the application requirements and deadlines to ensure you're not breaking any rules. Best of luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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