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What's the difference between Early Decision 1 and 2?

I've seen 'Early Decision 1' and 'Early Decision 2' listed on some college websites and I'm a bit confused. Can someone explain the difference between the two and whether one is better than the other? I'd really appreciate any help!

8 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're exploring your college application options. Early Decision 1 (ED1) and Early Decision 2 (ED2) are both binding admission plans, which means if you're accepted, you're committed to attending the respective college and must withdraw any other applications.

The main difference is the application deadline and notification timeline. ED1 deadlines typically fall around November 1st, and decisions are released in mid-December. ED2 has a later deadline of around January 1st, and decisions come out in mid-February.

As for which is better, it really depends on your situation. If you have a top-choice school and you're ready to apply early, ED1 might be the way to go. If you need more time to strengthen your application or explore options, ED2 can be a solid choice. Good luck!

8 months ago

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