The Mistake of Not Applying Early

If you’re a high school senior who isn’t applying this Early Decision / Early Action round, you have made the biggest mistake in the college admissions process. That’s right. We said it. You see, you’ll hear others tell you that it doesn’t matter when you apply, to take your time, … 

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Seniors and the Looming Early Deadline

If you’re the parent of a high school senior, would it surprise you to know that we know exactly what’s going on inside your household these days? Allow us to paint you a picture. Your child is convinced that he or she is doing everything right in their college applications. … 

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Debunking 5 Falsehoods Presented in a Piece on Early Decision Admissions

One of the core objectives of our college admissions blog is to debunk misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process — misconceptions perpetuated by high school counselors, by admissions officers, by private college consultants, and more. On about a monthly basis, one such high school counselor, Brennan Barnard, presents … 

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Early Decision at University of Virginia

It’s back! The University of Virginia has reinstated an Early Decision policy. As our loyal readers may remember from when we penned our thoughts on the topic back in 2007 (boy have we been writing about highly selective college admissions for a long time!), the University of Virginia dropped its … 

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A Nonsensical Argument Against Early Decision

Do you not want your child to apply to a school under its binding Early Decision policy because you don’t feel your child should have to commit to one school and one school only? If so, we’d urge you to get over it and reconsider. And why? Because when you … 

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Boston University Class of 2023 Early Decision Statistics

It’s a good year to be a Terrier. The Boston University Class of 2023 Early Decision statistics are in and we’ve got them for our readers. In all, BU received almost 2,500 applications this ED cycle. This figure marks about an 11% increase over last year’s Early Decision pool. As … 

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Rice University Class of 2023 Early Decision Admissions Statistics

Rice University received a record number of total applications this year, a tally that includes both Early Decision and Regular Decision applications. Early Decision applications to the school too were up this year — by a margin of 39%. In all, 2,628 students applied under Rice’s binding Early Decision policy … 

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Boston College Class of 2024 Changed Early Policy

Boston College had changed its Early admission policy for the Class of 2023. Prior to this year, BC’s admissions office didn’t allow an applicant to apply Early Action to the university if he or she submitted a binding Early Decision application elsewhere. The lifting of this restriction for the Class … 

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UVA Class of 2023 Early Action Statistics

It was a banner Early Action cycle for the University of Virginia this year. In all, 25,126 students applied for Early Action admission — a new benchmark for the school founded by Thomas Jefferson and an increase of about 17% from just last year. Of these 25,126 applicants, 6,550 earned … 

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Boston College Class of 2023 Early Action Admission Statistics

Boston College changed its Early admissions policy this year. Previously, BC did not allow students to apply Early Action to the university if they planned to submit binding Early Decision applications to other schools. The lifting of this policy led to a surge in Early Action applications to BC’s Class … 

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