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Competitiveness of early decision applicants?

Hey everyone! I am a high school junior and have been researching different college application processes. I'm curious, do early decision applicants tend to be more competitive compared to regular decision applicants? Are there any particular pros and cons to applying early decision apart from the binding contract? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great to see that you're researching college application processes early on. As for early decision applicants, yes, they can sometimes be more competitive compared to their regular decision counterparts, but not always for purely academic reasons. Colleges tend to like early decision applicants because they demonstrate a strong interest in the school and are more likely to accept their admissions offers.

There are several pros and cons to applying early decision. Some pros include better chances of admission due to demonstrated interest and potentially reduced application stress as students may receive their acceptance earlier. However, there are cons, such as the binding contract, which may limit a student's options in exploring other schools.

Another important factor to consider is financial aid. Early decision applicants do not have the chance to compare financial aid packages from multiple schools, so consider how this might impact your decision. I hope this helps!

9 months ago

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