College Admissions: Latest Trend on Early Action Applications

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Some colleges have a non-binding early admittance program, called early action.  Early action allows the student to receive an admission decision early in the admission cycle without the binding commitment of the early decision application.  A decision in February will reduce the stress of waiting for an April regular admission decision.  Early action is ideal for students who are seriously considering a particular university, but would like to keep their options open and receive admission decisions from other schools. Gonzaga University, a Private Roman Catholic University located in Spokane, Washington, participates in this program and experienced over a 27% growth rate in the number of student submitted early action applications this past year.

Benefits of applying for Early Action:

1) Receive your admission status in the beginning of February.  Regular decision applicants find out their college’s decision around April 1.

2) Flexibility to apply to additional schools even once accepted.

3) Save the time and expense you would have ended up spending applying to multiple regular decision schools.

Here is a list of several schools, which have published their early action increases and decreases.

Gonzaga University: 27.44% increase

Class of 2016: 4,170 early action applications

Class of 2015: 3,272 early action applications

**Has an early action acceptance rate of 67%

University of Miami: 6.98% increase

Class of 2016: 11,180 early action applications

Class of 2015: 10,451 early action applications

**Has an early action acceptance rate of 49%

MIT: 6.17% DECREASE                 

Class of 2016: 6,008 early action applications

Class of 2015: 6,403 early action applications

**Has an early action acceptance rate of 11%

Yale: 17.77% DECREASE                 

Class of 2016: 4,323 early action applications

Class of 2015: 5,257 early action applications

**Has an early action acceptance rate of 15%

There are over 100 colleges and universities with early action programs.  The general trend appears to show that the smaller prestigious universities have recently experienced a decrease in the number of students submitting early action applications, while larger public and private universities have shown increases in student submitted early action applications.  One explanation may have to do with some of the more elite schools adopting a specific type of early action program called single-choice early action.  Single-choice early action restricts applicants from applying early action to specific private universities, but places no restrictions on applying to any universities through regular decision.  Yale participates in this program.  These restrictions may deter students from applying early to Yale.  Instead, students are more likely to apply to universities that don’t participate in this program and then apply to Yale as a regular decision applicant.

It is also important to note that even if you aren’t accepted as an early action applicant, you can still be deferred to the regular admission applicant pool.  Of the 6,008 early action applicants at MIT, 3,935 were deferred to the regular admission applicant pool.  There were 224 deferred early action applicants who were later accepted during the regular decision selection process.

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