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How does early decision compare to regular decision?

I'm trying to figure out if I should apply early decision or regular decision to my top choice school. Is there a significant advantage, or should I just stick to the regular decision timeline? Thanks!

8 months ago

Hi! It's a great question whether to apply early decision or regular decision to your top choice school. The key difference between them lies in the commitment level you're making and the level of competition you'll face in the admissions process.

Early decision (ED) is a binding agreement, meaning if you're accepted, you're committed to attending the school and withdrawing any other college applications. Regular decision (RD) allows you to weigh your options since you aren't required to attend if accepted. However, ED typically has a higher acceptance rate than RD because schools appreciate the commitment and it helps them fill their class with students who genuinely want to attend.

If you're sure about your first choice and have your application materials ready earlier, applying ED can be advantageous. It also comes with the relief of getting a decision much earlier in the school year, which can reduce stress later on.

That said, if you're not completely sure or if you need financial aid, you may want to apply regular decision instead. This way, you can compare different financial aid packages and make a more informed choice. Ultimately, the decision comes down to your level of commitment and readiness. Best of luck on your college journey!

8 months ago

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