Early Decision

Early Decision

Early Admission Back by Popular Demand

college applicationEarly admissions were the subject of much criticism four years ago, leading several prominent colleges to abandon the practice in fall of 2006. Harvard, Princeton and the University of Virginia all announced the end of their early admissions. Critics of early decisions say it favors wealthy students and leads to less economic diversity.

This week, the University of Virginia announced that they will be bringing back the early admissions option. Although they found that eliminating early decision applications saw betting overall quality of the students admitted and better socioeconomic diversity, the college says it’s returning the early admission in response to feedback from students and college councilors. Early Admissions are up at many prestigious universities still offering the option, 17 percent at the University of Pennsylvania and 25 percent at Northwestern University.

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Benefits of Early Action in College Applications

college studentNot to be confused with early decision, Early Action is an application option for many colleges that is non-binding. The only difference between this and regular decision is that you know the college’s decision earlier and you more than likely will not know financially how things may work out.

Depending on the school, most Early Action deadlines are December 1. Some schools, such as The University of Chicago, have an Early Action deadline of November 1. Although it may seem extremely rushed, these deadlines are in fact are easily met.  This is a benefit of building your college list early. If you know your colleges early in your senior year and realize you have these opportunities to apply early, then take advantage of these earlier deadlines! Not only will you know much sooner whether or not you are accepted, you will also have that school out of the way. Read the rest of this entry »


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