Early Action

Deposit Decisions

May 1 is about to be upon us. Ten days from this writing, college decisions — and their related deposits — will be due. Many of you may have already made that deposit, either through an Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) acceptance. Others, accepted Regular Decision (RD), may have made their enrollment deposit ...

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Getting In: Good News in Fun Ways

So how will your good news arrive? Of course, I’m talking about getting the “You’re in!” message from your first-choice college, or at least most of the colleges to which you applied. Our family had the pleasure of seeing one of the more famous acceptance notifications back in December of 1994 when our son got ...

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Post-Deferral Blues?

It’s been about a month now since those of you who applied Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) received you decisions. Some of you were admitted. Great news! Others of you may have been outright denied. Not good news, but also not the end of the world. Finally, some of you, perhaps far too ...

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While You’re Waiting …

… for that “fat” envelope or email. For college-bound seniors, these are the long months — from New Year’s Day until later March. You worked extremely hard last fall and early winter creating your college applications. maybe you started even sooner than that, over the summer, writing your Common Application essay and supplemental statements. It’s ...

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2016 Update: Part 2

Continuing today with a look back at 2016’s Admit This! topics worth noting and updating. Today: highlights from March and April. From March: Student Loans: Paying The Piper Excerpts recap: Borrowing money from various sources is part of the college process for most college students today. I’ve discussed this topic before here in my blog, noting ...

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The Stress of Admissions Decisions

If you have been following the College Confidential discussion forum at all, or if you know a high school senior who has applied early (ED or EA) to college, you may have seen a flashing red light on their stress meter. Of course, I follow the forum quite closely and what I see there is ...

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Do You Merit Aid?

Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) outcomes will be arriving within several weeks. This is Thanksgiving week and families around the world, especially here in America, are hoping to give thanks for a generous financial aid package that will be arriving either with or shortly following the goods news of getting into a dream ...

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EA to MT Plus ED to Penn?

Question: If I apply ED to upenn can I also apply EA to MIT. I know that if I get into upenn then I will have to go there which is fine as they are actually my first choice (business), but am I also allowed to apply early action to MIT. MIT’s website was very ...

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Should You Roll with Rolling Admission?

Many high school seniors right now are targeting November 1. That’s the Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) date for a number of top (a.k.a. “elite”) and some other American colleges and universities. This is putting considerable pressure on ED/EA seniors because we’re over a month into the new school year, classes, and extracurricular ...

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Early Action for International Applicants?

Question: Are International Students eligible to apply for Early Actions in US colleges? And if they are, then is it beneficial to them in any case? Up until last year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was the only university on The Dean’s “radar screen” that did NOT allow international students to apply via Early Action. ...

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