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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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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Early Admission Policy Changes

Just about every year, some schools choose to change their Early Decision or Early Action policies. This year — for the Class of 2023 — is no exception. Some schools have added Early Decision II programs, while others have removed Early Decision II programs. Still other schools have changed the … 

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DOJ Probes Early Decision Communications

The United States Department of Justice is investigating possible communications between certain elite liberal arts colleges that include the names of students who’ve been admitted to their institutions through binding Early Decision policies. To suggest that the Jeff Sessions-led DOJ has been active over this past year in investigating college … 

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Not Applying To College Early Is A Major Mistake

We have argued for many years that to not apply to college during the Early Decision / Early Action round is to make the biggest mistake in highly selective college admissions. Now, regular readers of our college admissions blog know all too well that there are tons of mistakes applicants … 

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Why Applying Early to College is Vital

Many students and parents wonder if they should be applying Early Decision or Early Action or if they should be waiting until the Regular Decision round before submitting applications. The fact that students and parents even debate this issue drives us mad. If these students and parents wish to make … 

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A Defense of Early Decision

There was an article yesterday in “The Dartmouth Review,” the conservative student publication at Dartmouth College once led by the likes of Laura Ingraham and Dinish D’Souza (they were once engaged) that essentially serves as a defense of Early Decision. Of course, the most often cited case against the merits … 

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An Early Decision Myth

One of the core objectives of our college admissions blog is to correct misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process. These misconceptions are put out there in the press, by high school counselors (not all high school counselors are experts in college admissions…in fact, most aren’t), by the neighbor’s … 

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Binding Early Decision Commitment

There’s a piece up on “US News & World Report” by Alexandra Pannoni entitled “What Happens to Students Who Back Out of Early Decision Offers” that we figured we’d share with our readers. It should first be noted that we have never, in over a quarter of a century of … 

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2016 Early Decision Notification Dates

For those students waiting to hear from their Early Decision / Early Action schools, we figured we’d update you with anticipated notification dates. After all, there’s no sense checking your phone every day, every hour on the hour if you know the decision isn’t coming for another several days, right? … 

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