Comparing Early Decision, Early Action

The College Board’s pros and cons between Early Decision and Early Action.

By Amy Chow ’17 and Caitlin Tsang ’17

Many colleges and universities offer an early admission option as well as regular admission. There is also an early action or an early decision program.

Early Action (EA) is enabling students to apply to colleges and get informed early about acceptance but not have to make a commitment to go to the university. However, early decision (ED) is when you have to go to the university that accepted you, withdrawing all applications from other universities that you applied to.

According to The College Finder, in recent years, a number of leading colleges accepted a large percentage of the freshman class through early decision.

The acceptance rate for early admission is a lot higher than regular admission. Many colleges such as Columbia, Cornell, Stanford and Yale University have a greater rate of acceptance than regular admission.

“It’s better to apply for early action, there’s a better chance of you getting in,” said Zachary Feinstein ‘16.

For many seniors, stress and anxiety overcame their senses as they waited to receive a response.

“I was really nervous. Other people who had already gotten their acceptances from the same schools that I applied to, made me worry. There was a doubt in my mind of not being capable of getting in or I was going to get rejected from the school,” said Vivian Ng ’16.

Many days had passed and a true feeling of relief and reassurance overcame them  as they received their responses in the mail.

“I saw the acceptance in the mail, and I was so overcome with joy that I couldn’t even believe it was real for a while. It took me about an hour to realize I got into one of my top choices. It was as if the heaviest weights I’ve had to carry since freshman year were lifted off my shoulders because I know I’m going somewhere,” said Allan Krasner ’16.

Feinstein said, “I only applied to four schools, and Binghamton was my number one choice. For a while, I had doubts that I would get in, since over 33,000 people with high grades similar to mine apply each year. So when I got that green envelope with ‘You’re the one we want’ written in front, it was only logical that I start running around the house celebrating.”

According to The Washington Post, in comparison to 2014, 2015 saw a dramatic increase in early admission and early decision acceptance rates in many of the nation’s top colleges and universities.

With the fall semester coming to an end, many seniors are anxiously waiting for a reply from the school of their dreams.

Oscar Villalva ’16 contributed to this article.

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