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Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college

Early Decision Plan Description:

  • Apply early (usually in November) to first-choice college.

  • Receive an admission decision from the college well in advance of the usual notification date (usually by December).

  • Agree to attend the college if accepted and offered a financial aid package that is considered adequate by the family.

  • Withdraw all other applications if accepted by ED.

  • Apply to only one college early decision.

  • Apply to other colleges under regular admission plans.

Who should apply Early Decision:​

  • A student who has researched many colleges and knows that this one college is the right fit academically, socially and financially.

  • A student who will not need to compare the financial aid awards of multiple colleges.

  • A student who does not have any reservation around withdrawing all other applications (if accepted ED) and ok with not knowing whether he/she would be admitted or granted merit aid at other schools

Comparison chart of ED-vs. RD-Acceptance Rates was compiled by two Independent College Counselors, Jeff Levy and Jennie Kent

As an active member of IECA, HECA, SACAC and NACAC, Admissions Lady College Consulting subscribes to and is guided by the core values and ethical standards of these associations

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