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Oct. 31, 2014

Early Action to BOTH Yale and U. of Chicago?

Question: Hello, so I'm currently working on my application for Yale's Single Choice Early Action admissions deadline. In the terms it says that applicants may apply to another school's rolling admission, and I am wanting to apply to The University of Chicago's non-binding Early Action which is 'open'. My question is: can I apply to both Early Action programs, seeing as they're both non-binding?

Wishful thinking! You CANNOT apply to U. of Chicago via non-binding Early Action if you are applying to Yale via the Single-Choice Early Action option.

Yale spells out their Early Action rules pretty clearly on their Web site. They say:


If you are a Single-Choice Early Action applicant to Yale, you may apply to another institution's early admission program as follows:

You may apply to any college's non-binding rolling admission program.

You may apply to any public institution at any time provided that admission is non-binding.

You may apply to another college's Early Decision II program, but only if the notification of admission occurs after January 1. If you are admitted through another college's Early Decision II binding program, you must withdraw your application from Yale.

You may apply to any institution outside of the United States at any time.

The U. of Chicago's Early Action option is non-binding but it is NOT a “rolling admission program."

If you try to skirt the rules and apply to both U. of Chicago via Early Action and also Yale via Single-Choice Early Action, you could get in hot water. If you are offered admission to Yale, you may find that your acceptance is revoked if your Chicago application comes to light.

I realize that all these “rules" can be confusing so I hope that “The Dean" has clarified them for you.

Written by

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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