Applying Early Decision or Early Action

Applying Early Decision or Early Action

Some schools allow students to apply for admission prior to their standard application submission dates. If you have carefully researched your options, found a college that meets your needs and you meet or exceed the admissions requirements, you may want to consider applying early.

Before applying early, it's important to understand the differences between early decision and early action. Here are some general factors to consider, but make sure you check with each school to ensure you understand their specific requirements and timing.

Early Decision Early Action
It is a binding agreement It is a nonbinding agreement, and you do not have to commit until the stated standard decision date
Typically receive a decision as early as December Typically receive a decision in January or February
Must accept the offer to attend upon receiving a decision Do not have to accept the offer to attend until
May 1
Accept the financial aid package, if offered Can evaluate financial aid packages from different schools
Upon receiving the offer to attend, you must withdraw other admission applications to other schools Do not have to withdraw admission applications to other schools

If you are considering applying early decision or early action, we encourage you to contact the college's admission office to understand the submission dates and requirements around applying early.