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Early Decision and Early Application


The Financial Aid Effect on Early Decision and Early Application

So, there it is. You have your early acceptance letter from your dream school in your hand. You’re set to enroll. All that’s left to do is to fill out your paperwork and pack your bags—and you’re good to go, right? Hmmm, not so fast there!

By Peterson's Staff updated on April 07, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Early Decision

For years, Ivy League schools have beckoned to thousands of students as the creme de la creme of the college world, inspiring them to achieve astronomical GPAs, pursue AP curricula, and dream of once-in-a-lifetime educations.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

Early Decision Can Help You Edge Out Your Competition

There's a lot of hype floating around that some schools accept almost all of their incoming freshmen from their pool of Early Decision (ED) applicants. While it's true that there may be a higher acceptance rate among the early action pool, this doesn’t necessarily hold true at every school, nor does it mean that all the spots get filled up early.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

Applying Early: Your Early Decision Options Defined

Do you have your heart set on a certain college and want to know ASAP if you’ll get in? Admission strategies known as Early Options allow you to apply early and find out sooner, rather than later, if you’ve made the cut.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

Colleges Near You

Early Application Can Lead to an Early Decision

So, you’ve finally whittled down your list of schools and are considering applying early to get the ball rolling on your college plans. By now, you should know if early admission is even an option at the schools you want to submit your applications to (and if you don’t, you should find out!)

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

Ask the Experts: Early Decision and Early Application

Read actual questions from students about early decision and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 27, 2013
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