In this blog I will be breaking down what the college application terms of Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision mean as well as discussing the benefits and drawbacks of applying during each of these cycles. For me as the eldest sibling, I had no idea what these terms meant and neither did my parents. Hopefully this blog can give you some insights on whether you should apply earlier or later.
About 450 colleges have early decision or early action opportunities. However, other schools, like the University of California Public School system, only offer regular decision.
What is Early Decision (ED)?
Benefits of Applying Early:
Drawbacks of Applying Early:
In the end, choosing whether to apply early or during regular decision for a school is something that you need to think about and discuss with your family. It may be the right choice for some, but not the right choice for others. You should do your research on the early action and early decision requirements from the schools that you are potentially interested in, so that you can make the best decision for yourself.
Rachel is the founder of Study Hall College Consulting. Rachel graduated from UC Berkeley in the Class of 2020 where she double majored in Cognitive Science and Legal Studies. For more college application and essay tips, check out our Study Hall College Consulting website at: shcollegeconsulting.com.
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