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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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Why should I consider applying Early Decision?

Hi there! I've been hearing a lot about Early Decision lately, and I'm wondering why people choose to apply ED. Are there any benefits or downsides to doing so, like with acceptance rates or financial aid? I want to make sure I'm taking advantage of the best opportunities when applying. Thank you in advance!

8 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're weighing the pros and cons of Early Decision (ED). One of the main reasons applicants opt for ED is that, generally speaking, colleges tend to have higher acceptance rates for their ED applicant pool compared to Regular Decision. This is because applying ED demonstrates a high level of interest in the school—after all, it's a binding commitment if you're accepted.

However, it's important to consider the commitment that comes with ED; if you're accepted to a college under ED, you must withdraw all your other applications and commit to attending that institution. It's a great route if you have a clear first-choice school that you're in love with and you've done thorough research on how it matches your academic and personal preferences.

On the financial side, you should only apply ED if you've evaluated the school's financial aid policies and are confident that you can afford to attend based on estimated aid packages. It's a bit of a gamble because if you're not satisfied with the financial aid offered, negotiating for more aid or reconsidering the offer isn't typically an option.

Lastly, don't feel pressured to apply ED if you're not 100% certain; it's also absolutely okay to apply Regular Decision to keep your options open. Best of luck in your college journey!

8 months ago

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