Do I have a better chance of getting accepted if I apply early action or early decision?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the the experts. Here are their answers.

Reecy Aresty, College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author, Payless For College, Inc.

ED gives you a much better chance of acceptance as the odds will have increased.


Ryan Aldrich, Director of College Counseling, The White Mountain School

There have been books written about the Early Admission Game and whether this is an advantage in the application process. Generally speaking, students have a better percentage, even if it may be 1-2%, of being accepted if they apply early decision. Early action often does not offer a higher acceptance rate but provides the benefit of learning early what the admission decision from the college is. On the other hand, students often do benefit from getting their application in early.


Benjamin Caldarelli, Partner, Princeton College Consulting, LLC

At some schools the percentage of students admitted who applied early is higher than those that applied during regular admission. It never hurts to let a school know it is your first choice. If you are a legacy and are interested in increasing your chances of admission, you generally must apply early.


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