On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Ian Fisher welcomes a student guest to talk about her college search, and is later joined by members of the College Coach team to talk Early Decision and paying the tuition bill. In the middle of all of that, Ian squeezes in a spotlight on Colorado College.
Sally Ganga filled in for our regular host, Beth Heaton, during this week’s timely and informative episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, covering what seniors should do after receiving an Early Action or Early Decision letter, as well as trends in college pricing affecting juniors’ planning.
I have heard that applying Early Decision at Georgetown and Harvard doesn’t offer an advantage. How can that be? Doesn’t ED send a strong message of interest to your schools of choice?
I think the first issue here is that you are confusing early programs. Both Georgetown and Harvard offer Early Action (EA) rather than Early Decision (ED). ED is binding, which means that students applying via this program are agreeing to attend those institutions if they are admitted. EA is non-binding, which means students using these plans are not required to attend if admitted and instead have until the common reply date of May 1 to notify schools of their decisions.
Will my October Scores be Considered for Early Decision?
The results from the October SAT are scheduled to be released later this week, just a couple of days before November 1 deadlines for Early Decision and Early Action. The close proximity of these related events has a lot of people confused and concerned, and understandably so. I’ve answered questions around this issue at least ten times just this week, and I hope this short post will help you clear up your confusion and provide a little bit of stress relief. Read on to see how you can manage late-arriving scores with your EA and ED applications.
Step One: Notify Colleges of Future Test Dates
As colleges send out their early action and early decisions notifications, many students are receiving letters and emails indicating that their applications have been deferred. In an article for USA Today, College Coach’s Elizabeth Heaton draws on her experience as an admissions officer at Penn to help students understand how this decision came to be, what it means, and what their options are for ultimately turning that deferral into an offer of admission.
With October here, temperatures are dying down and the college application process is just heating up! Many high school seniors are contemplating making an Early Decision (ED) application to their first choice college, a binding admission process through which the student guarantees a college that, if accepted, they will attend and withdraw all outstanding applications to other schools.
ED has its benefits. An early acceptance to a first choice college can minimize the stress that senior year brings and reduce the time and money spent applying to multiple schools. In addition, colleges hoping to increase their yield may accept a larger percentage of ED applicants, who offer guaranteed enrollment, than Regular Decision (RD) applicants, who may turn the offer down to attend a different school.
On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Elizabeth Heaton celebrates the historic third anniversary of our podcast by talking with her guests about summer opportunities for athletes and sports enthusiasts, appealing a financial aid award, and the complex and often mysterious outcomes of the Early Action admission process.