Oct 2019

Applying to college early isn’t always the best move

By Jessica Dickler

October 19, 2020

This month, thousands of high school students will submit their early action and early-decision applications to colleges.

By demonstrating a preference to a particular school, studies have shown, an early application can give you a leg up, which goes a long way with competition that’s as fierce as it has ever been.

Early-decision applicants were accepted 62% of the time, versus 52% for all applicants, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s most recent State of College Admission report.

In addition, getting a head start on the makeup of the freshman class helps admissions officers balance out enrollment needs with financial aid requests.

“It gives them a cheat sheet if they know two-thirds of the class ahead of time,” said Michael Horn, author of college guide “Choosing College.”


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