What is Early Admission?
Early admission plans are offered by approximately 450 colleges and universities. Under these plans, students can apply to colleges early, typically by an October or November deadline, and receive a decision early, usually by December or January. Applying for early admission, depending upon the school, may provide students a better chance of acceptance than applying during the regular admission cycle.
Early admission may be a wise choice for a student who has done due diligence and researched a particular college, visited the campus, and recognizes the school as his first choice. However, a student would be better advised applying for regular decision if he wants to compare offers of admission and financial aid packages from multiple schools.
Early Admission Plans
Early admission plans vary by the college, so it is critical for students to research the plans and understand them fully. However, there are three main types of early admission. The three plans are similar in that the early admission deadline is usually in October or November and the admission decision is typically given in December or January.
A student can only apply to one college early decision, usually a first choice school. Upon applying early decision, a student agrees he will attend the college, if accepted and offered enough financial aid, and withdraw all applications to other colleges. This type of plan is referred to as 'binding.'
A student can apply to multiple colleges under an early action plan. If admitted under this plan, a student is under no obligation to accept the offer of admission. A student may decide to enroll immediately or wait until spring to decide once all offers have been received. This type of plan is referred to as 'non-binding.'
Single-Choice Early Action
Single-choice early action plan is a hybrid of early decision and early action. A student may apply early to only one college (like early decision); however, admission is not binding and the student can wait until spring to make a final enrollment decision (like early action.)
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