The college admissions season is flying by. The majority of early action and early decision deadlines for 2019 – 2020 are around between Nov 1 and Nov 15. You’ve written your Common App personal statement, college essays, obtained recommendation letters, sent out your applications; and now, all you have to do is wait for the results. We all know how hard is the waiting phase. But, trust me… Before you know it early admission decisions will be released. In this article, we have aggregated the Early Action Early Decision Notification Dates for 2019 – 2020 (Class of 2024). It’s not a secret at all that the college admission this year is going to be extremely competitive as well; especially if we look at the Early Admission Statistics for the Class of 2024.
[table id=31 /]
Please also keep a tab on the college websites.
Colleges offer early admission programs to manage yield, lock up prized applicants and improve prestige in the process. There can be as much as a 2-4x difference in admit rates between early (EA/ED) and regular decision (RD) applicants. There is often a high proportion of an enrolled class coming through early admission. So, your chances of getting in via regular decision are actually worse than you might think. Read more about ED vs EA: Pros and Cons.
Few Tips for the Folks who haven’t submitted their applications yet:
- Take full advantage of Early Action for all the schools on your list
- Apply Restrictive Early Action to your top school or when the restrictions don’t inhibit your ability to take advantage of early admission programs at higher ranked schools
- Apply Early Decision I when you are strongly committed to attending your top choice school and have no concerns about affordability
- Apply Early Decision II if you have been denied admission to your top choice school, you’re strongly committed to attending this ED II school as your next best option and have no concerns about affordability
Tips for ED Applicants
- Apply early (usually in November) to the first-choice college
- Receive an admission decision from the college well in advance of the usual notification date (usually by December)
- Agree to attend the college if accepted and offered a financial aid package that is considered adequate by the family
- May only apply to one college for early decision
- May apply to other colleges under regular admission
- Must withdraw all other applications when accepted by ED
- Usually must give a nonrefundable deposit well in advance of May 1
Tips for EA & RE applicants
- Apply early
- Receive an admission decision early in the admission cycle (usually in January or February)
- Do not have to commit to an EA or REA college
- May apply to other colleges under regular admission plans
- Must give the college a decision no later than the May 1 national response date
Who should apply early?
Applying to an ED or EA plan is most appropriate for a student who:
- Has researched colleges extensively
- Is absolutely sure that the college she is applying to early is the first choice
- Has found a school that is a strong match academically, socially, geographically, and so forth
- Meets or exceeds the admission profile for the school for SAT scores, GPA, and class rank
- Has an academic record that has been consistently solid over time
Good luck with your applications!!!