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Understanding Admissions Terms

Glossary of Admission Plans

 

EARLY DECISION:

Binding for the student and for the college

Could be advantageous for the appropriate candidate at a specific school

Deadlines usually November 1 or 15

Some colleges are filling close to half of the class early

Could be less appropriate for students with rising records, but not always the case

No ability to compare financial aid, but early offers are generally quite appropriate

 

EARLY DECISION II:

Binding agreement for student and college

Deadline usually January 1

File all applications to all colleges on the list

If admitted early by February, all other applications need to be withdrawn

Offered mostly by smaller colleges and a few others

 

EARLY ACTION:

Not binding for either party

Student has until May 1 to decide

Can be harder to get in Early Action than Regular Decision at most institutions

Not many colleges offer this plan

 

RESTRICTIVE EARLY ACTION:

Same as Early Action except student is allowed to file only one early application

 

ROLLING ADMISSION:

Apply anytime after junior year in high school

Advantageous to apply early in the fall in most cases

Decision is non-binding

Offered mostly by a number of state universities and a few privates

 

REGULAR DECISION:

Apply to a number of colleges with varying selectivity and no restrictions

Deadlines vary, but many are January 1 or 15

Decisions arrive in early April

Financial aid packages can be compared if students apply regular decision

 

Other useful website resources

College Board explains early decision
https://professionals.collegeboard.org/guidance/applications/early

Click here for College Board's suggested early decision early action calendar

 

Your best resource for any Admission decisions and questions is your admission counselor at the school(s) you plan to attend.  Don't be shy.  Ask the questions and get the best answer for your situation.

 

 

Understanding Admissions Terms

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