Applying Early Decision or Early Action
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
|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.