The Early Bird Catches The Worm. Make Sure It Is The Worm You Want.

Want to improve the chances of getting into the college of your choice?
The data shows applying for Early Admission gives you an edge in getting accepted.
Review the following:

Early Decision

Early Decision is BINDING.
This means that if accepted, you must go to that college. You can only apply to one college Early Decision.
Be aware, there can be an overlap time window between getting your Early Decision answer and submitting a Regular Decision application at another school. If accepted Early Decision, you’re required to withdraw your Regular Decision applications at other schools.

Early Decision II

Early Decision II is BINDING.
Some schools offer Early Decision II, which typically includes a January application deadline.
arly Decision II benefits you because you have more time to research, conduct campus visits and
compile your application compared to regular Early Decision deadlines. 

Early Action

Early Action is NOT binding.
You will apply earlier and find out earlier whether you get into the college.
Not a good idea if:
  • Not fully committed to a college
  • Still researching schools
  • Need senior fall semester grades to improve your profile

Financial Drawbacks to Early Decision Application

The big drawback if you apply Early Decision is that you cannot compare financial aid packages between schools.
You are permitted to turn down an Early Decision school if the financial aid package does not meet your need.
However, this is more difficult than it seems. “Need” is determined by your expected family contribution,
not your “real-life” ability to pay.


There are three types of applications based on early Fall application that can improve your chance of admission to your most favored college: Early Decision, Early Decision II, Early Action.
The Early options can be a strong strategy but be aware they also have downsides.


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