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Why Early Decision Matters

Updated: Apr 8, 2022

Last Updated on November 10, 2020 by Real College Matters

Admit rates are highlighted in yellow on this spreadsheet, but they don’t demonstrate the significance of a binding early decision application as well as other metrics can. In particular, look at the last couple of columns on the right. Even at highly selective colleges, most Regular Decision admits decline enrollment offers. At up to $75K per year per student, the stakes are very high for admissions offices when it comes to guessing a student’s intentions. The ultimate way to demonstrate interest is by submitting a binding Early Decision application. But the decision to apply ED is a serious one which is not in the best interest of many students. It’s a strategy grounded in a lot of data, but strategy is never as important as the big picture.

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