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Early Action VS Early Decision

Early Action VS Early Decision

You may hear both terms as you begin your college search, but what do they mean, and what are the differences between the two?

EARLY

ACTION

This is the best choice if you are applying to more than one institution without a clear first choice. You are still showing interest in the institution without saying you will definitely attend, if accepted. Another pro to applying Early Action is that you can delay your decision until the regular decision deadline.

Key facts to remember:

  • Students can apply to more than one school.
  • Deadline is usually November 1st or November 15th.
  • Schools generally respond by mid-December.
  • Students usually have until May 1st to revert.

NOTE: Some schools have “restrictive” or “single choice” early action, meaning students may only apply to that one school early.

EARLY

DECISION

This is a great option if you already have a clear first choice. This is your way of telling the institution that if they accept you, you will definitely attend. You can apply for early decision for only one institution, and if you are accepted, you must withdraw any regular decision applications you may have submitted. The early decision applicant pool is much smaller than the regular decision pool, which can help increase your acceptance odds.

Some factors to remember:

  • Students can apply to one school only.
  • Deadline is usually November 1st or November 15th.
  • Schools generally respond by mid-December.
  • Students must revert & pay deposit usually within one month.

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