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College Early Admissions Program Overview 

Many high school seniors try to ease the uncertainty in applying to college by applying early decision. Early decision binds both the student and the college into admittance months earlier than the regular admission decision.  If you are certain about a particular university, applying through the early decision program can be very beneficial.

There are two different types of early admittance programs that high school seniors should seriously consider. 

  • Early Decision

    • Binding; Application deadline around Nov 1 (vs. regular admission application deadline of January 1); Decisions around Dec 15 (vs. regular admissions application decision of April 1)
    • Apply to only one college early decision; Withdraw all other applications if accepted; Send a non-refundable deposit well in advance of May 1; If not accepted, the student can apply to any colleges in regular admissions

  • Early Action (including Single-School Early Action)

    • Non-Binding; Application deadline around Nov15 (vs. regular admission application deadline of January 1); Decisions by February vs. regular admissions application decision of April 1); Reply date May 1.
    • If accepted, the student does not have to commit until May 1 and can apply to any other colleges in regular admissions
    • Single-choice early action program is a hybrid of the regular Early Action and Early Decision programs by requiring the applicants to just apply to one school of similar status during the early admission period; However, the applicants are free to apply to more schools during the regular admissions around.

Approximately 450 colleges (about 2/3 of the nation’s top undergraduate institutions) have early decision or early action plans, and some, such as the University of Miami, have both. Meantime, all of the eight Ivy League Schools offer some form of an early admissions program as well. 

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  • Rejection Analysis - 2 hour minimum consultation with our education expert to evaluate weaknesses in rejected applications and plan next steps
  • Waitlist Strategy - 2 hour minimum consultation with our education expert to evaluate weaknesses in a waitlisted application, and make recommendations for interim period
  • Scholarship Application Review - Our consultants will identify specific scholarships to apply for, work with you to identify strengths that correlate with the stated objectives of the scholarship and review the applications to ensure your chance of receiving the scholarship is as high as possible

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