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Early Decision vs Regular Decision?

Hey everyone, I'm a junior and I'm starting to look into college applications. Could someone please explain the difference between early decision and regular decision? I'm trying to figure out which one would suit me best. Thanks!

8 months ago

Hey there! Absolutely, I'd be glad to help clarify the differences for you. Early Decision (ED) is a binding application option, which means that if you apply to a college with ED and get accepted, you are committed to attending that college, and you must withdraw all other applications. This option is best if you have a clear first-choice school and you're ready with a strong application early in the senior year.

Regular Decision (RD), on the other hand, is non-binding. You can apply to as many schools as you want, and you are not obligated to attend any particular one if accepted. RD gives you more time to gather application materials, improve test scores, or raise your GPA. You'll also have the opportunity to compare financial aid offers from multiple schools before making a decision.

In short, choose ED if you are 100% certain about a college and feel your application is already competitive. Choose RD to keep your options open and to have more time to work on your application. Hope this helps, good luck with your decisions!

8 months ago

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