Do early birds really have an edge in admissions?
The answer is often yes!
The purpose of submitting an application to a college early is to indicate your top preference for that college or a small group of colleges. They appreciate knowing you are likely to enroll if admitted. With Early Action and Early Decision, you hear sooner whether you’ve been accepted to your “dream” school” and there is often a significant admission advantage to applying early.
Knowing sooner allows family members to know what type of college swag to buy you for Christmas.
What is the difference between the three early application types?
Why Apply Early?
There are advantages or disadvantages to applying early. However, the following table shows an advantage in admissions when applying Early Decision at some of the top universities in the country. If you have a school that clearly stands out as your “Top Choice”, it may be wise to apply Early Decision to gain a better chance of admission.
You can now submit financial aid forms starting Oct. 1, using last year’s taxes - referred to as Prior-Prior Year (PPY). This gives colleges an opportunity to consider your financial aid or merit awards along with your admissions decision. Often students who apply early are offered more financial aid.
Contact me if you have any questions about how to apply to college or need someone to review your applications.
Credit: GuidedPath Guru
Through student ministry and educational consulting (career and college planning), I have enjoyed guiding teenagers to discover their higher calling.