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Which is better: early action or regular decision?

Hey guys, I'm starting to work on my college applications and I'm a bit confused about the difference between early action and regular decision. What are the pros and cons of each? And which one should I go for, considering I have a strong application but still want to keep my options open? Any advice would be highly appreciated!

9 months ago

Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD) each have their own pros and cons. EA allows you to apply to colleges earlier and receive admission decisions earlier as well. This can provide you with peace of mind and potentially reduce stress during your senior year. Applying EA can demonstrate your interest in a specific school which may give you an advantage in the admissions process. It's also a non-binding option, meaning you're not committed to attending if accepted.

RD, on the other hand, gives you more time to refine your application materials, improve your grades, or retake standardized tests. Like EA, RD is non-binding. When comparing acceptance rates, some schools have slightly higher rates for EA applicants than RD applicants.

Since you mentioned having a strong application and wanting to keep your options open, Early Action may be a good choice for you. By applying through EA, you can get a head start on the admissions process while still having the freedom to make your final decision later once you receive all of your admissions decisions.

9 months ago

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