Early Decision

Admission Fiction

“Fake news!” Unless you reside on another planet, you’ve no doubt seen, heard, or tried to hide from that phrase sometime within the last year or so. Then there’s that famous Seinfeld episode where Elaine pointedly informs Jerry that her actions were “Fake! Fake! Fake!” The way the weather has been behaving recently in my ...

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Applications: Your Final Deadline Approach

Have you looked at the calendar lately? According to mine, there’s just one week left before November 1. The first day of November every year strikes fear into the hearts of many thousands of high school seniors around the world. Why is that? Well, if you’re in the know, and you probably are if you’re ...

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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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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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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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Can a Student Switch from Regular Decision to Early Decision After Applying?

Question:  My son wasn’t positive about applying early decision prior to the November 1 deadline, but has become more committed since. How would a school look upon requesting to change a regular decision application filed early to an early decision II application? Thank you.   The college folks will be thrilled that they’ve hooked another ...

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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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