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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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Early Decision: Good Idea?

Hey everyone! I was wondering if applying early decision (ED) is worth it for someone who's pretty set on their top choice. I've read that early decision can provide an edge in the admission process, but would it be a significant advantage for me? Thanks!

8 months ago

Absolutely, if you're certain that a school is your first choice, then applying Early Decision can be a strategic move. ED applicants often benefit from higher acceptance rates because they are demonstrating a commitment to attend if accepted, which is attractive to schools looking to yield committed students. However, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of the financial implications since ED agreements are binding, provided the financial aid package is adequate.

For example, if you're looking at a school with an overall acceptance rate of 25% but an ED acceptance rate of 35%, that's indicative of the edge an ED application can give you. Just make sure you have considered other important factors, such as fit, academic programs, campus culture, and costs, and are prepared to commit. If your application, including grades, test scores, essays, and extracurriculars, are in line with the school's typical admit range, then ED could very well be the boost that tilts the odds in your favor.

8 months ago

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