College Applications: Top 4 Reasons Why you Should Apply Early Action
Oct 13, 2020 | By: Kathy Griswold Fine, PhD
As the first college deadlines approach this week, October 15, it is a good time to make sure that you understand the various admissions options, and the pros and cons of each. Please see below for an overview of the three main admissions options.
This decision is binding, meaning that if a student is accepted, he/she agrees to withdraw all other applications. So why would a student consider applying ED? At some schools, including Duke University, applying ED significantly increases the odds of acceptance (21% v 9%) or about half of the admitted class. Students who apply ED should expect to be notified quickly.
For many, this is the ideal admissions option. Students who apply early have many benefits, including the potential for increased access to merit scholarships and honors programs, and importantly, they can have a less stressful final semester of senior year. Finally, early applications get decisions sooner.
Typically, this is the latest date by which an institution will accept applications. Students who feel that they will be more competitive for a college or university in light of first semester senior grades and later test scores may wish to submit applications later.
So, which admissions cycle is best? While the answer depends on the student, as a rule of thumb, I suggest getting those applications in early for 4 reasons:
It indicates that you are serious
Many deadlines for Honors Programs coincide with the Early Admissions date
Institutions award merit scholarships based on pre-determined formulas. Once the money is gone, it’s gone
Applying early reduces senior year and admissions stress