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What is the difference between ed, ea, and rea? which one is binding?

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Early Decision - Binding, if you are accepted, you have to go here.

- Eg: Cornell (amongst the ivy leagues)

Early Action - Not binding, you don't have to go. (Eg: Most public universities have an early action application plan)

- Just note that since the early application pool is much smaller than the regular action pool, chances of getting in are higher.

Restrictive Early Action - Not binding, you don't have to go.

- However, you may apply to only one American private university in the early process.

- It is highly advisable to do so for your top priority

- Eg: Harvard, Yale, Stanford etc.

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a year ago

ED - Early decision where you have a binding decision meaning if you get accepted you have to go.

EA - Early action, simply apply to any college early have more chances of getting accepted.

REA - Restrictive early action is where you can only apply to 1 college in the early process.

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a year ago

Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date. Restrictive Early Action is another non-binding option. You aren't obligated to attend if accepted. However, if you apply Restrictive Early Action, you may not apply to any other schools in the early rounds.

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a year ago

Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date. Restrictive Early Action is another non-binding option. You aren't obligated to attend if accepted. However, if you apply Restrictive Early Action, you may not apply to any other schools in the early rounds.

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