Compare the following description of college admissions options to determine which one is right for you by learning more about each option.
The most common four options for college admissions are:
What’s most important to remember about early decision is that it’s a binding contract. When applying through early decision, if you are accepted, you have already agreed to attend.
Early decision should be utilized only when you have a top school you’d like to attend no matter what other schools accept you. You must be 100% sure that this is your first choice school you’d like to attend.
If you apply to a school via early decision and apply to others in the meantime, you must withdraw your applications to other schools if you are admitted to the early decision school.
2. Early Action
Early action is similar to early decision; however, the key difference is that it’s not a binding agreement. You can apply to more than one college via early action and decide which school you’d like to attend that you’ve be admitted to.
The benefit of early action is that students sometimes have a slightly better chance of being accepted since not as many students have applied at the early deadline.
3. Regular Admission
If you’re applying during the standard application period, usually from the beginning of December to mid-January, your application will fall under the category of regular admission.
If you’re unsure of what schools you’d like to attend or would like more time to prepare your application and essay, and improve test scores, it is likely regular admission will become your route of application.
If you apply during regular admission, expect to hear back from schools during the months of April and May.
4. Rolling Admissions
Rolling admissions is an option, but it’s not utilized by all colleges. Students are considered in the order in which their application is received since space is limited.
A college participating in rolling admissions will keep accepting applications until they’ve reached full capacity.