If you have already picked your top choice for college or university, you may want to think about early college acceptance programs.
If you have read and followed the guidelines in my book, The New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get a Job, you may already know early college acceptance programs exist at most schools and the programs have advantages and disadvantages.
Some early acceptance programs include:
- Early Action (EA) – You submit an application before November 1st, notified of a decision by December 15. However, if you receive an acceptance, it is not binding that you attend this school. You have until May 1st school of your decision and you are free to apply to other schools.
- Early Decision (ED) – You submit an application by November 1st and will be notified of a decision by December 15th. However, if you receive an acceptance, it is binding that you attend this school. You may not apply to other schools.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Early Acceptance Programs
- If you know for sure where you want to enroll and have done your homework and know that you have a very good chance of being accepted, then you should seriously consider applying as an ED candidate. If you are accepted, this will save you time and anxiety for the rest for your senior year. If you have done your homework,, you know you can afford to attend this school and that your academic and financial needs will be met.
- If you are somewhat certain that you want to attend a particular school and you know you have a good chance of being accepted, then go ahead and apply as an EA candidate. If you are accepted, you still have the opportunity to apply to other schools and compare financial aid awards. But you have time, until May 1st to make a final decision.
I seriously believe that after reading my book, you will choose one of these options.