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Questions About Whether You Should Apply ‘Early Decision’

Questions About Whether You Should Apply ‘Early Decision’

As college application seasons gets underway, some high school seniors might be faced with the dilemma of early admissions options.

Colleges might offer the option of “early action,” where a student receives a nonbinding offer of admission. There is also “early decision,” in which a student, if he or she is accepted, must attend that college.

If you are seriously thinking about the “early decision” option, there are some questions to think about before making that decision.

According to a recent article in U.S. News & World Report, here are four vital questions you should ask yourself before applying to a college for “early decision.”

1. Is it more advantageous to apply for “early decision”?

Depending on the college you are applying to, there can be a considerably higher rate of acceptance for students who apply early. So, if this is the case, applying “early decision” could give you a better chance of admission than a comparable student who applies during regular admissions.

2. Would a completed internship and/or excellent first semester grades my senior year enhance your overall profile?

If you answer yes to this question, you may want to avoid “early decision” because these additions to your application will make you stand out more during regular admissions. However, if you are 100% positive that a specific college is your first choice, “early decision” is definitely in your favor.

3. Have you experienced the college life at the campus of your possible “early decision”?

If you answered no, you might want to wait on “early decision” because you don’t know if you will be happy living in the dorms or off-campus housing, you don’t know if city the college is in is too big or too small, and you don’t know if all of the extra-curricular activities you want to get involved in are available.

Make sure to spend time at the colleges on your list knowing that you will be happy there for the next four to five years.

4. Are you having second thoughts about your possible “early decision”?

Unless you are absolutely sure this is the college for you, an “early decision” may not be the best choice. What happens if you change your mind in December or early next year? Ask yourself a personal question, “How often do I change my mind?”

Make sure you have thoroughly researched this college you are thinking about for “early decision” and have no doubt it is the best fit for you.

If you have additional questions, please give us a call and set up an appointment.  We’d be happy to assist you.