As the holiday season approaches college-bound seniors find good news in their mailbox, online or on paper. Early Action acceptances have arrived. Unlike Early Decision admissions, which require a binding commitment to a first-choice school, seniors admitted Early Action can take their time to review their college options, all the way to the May 1st deposit deadline.
Early Action acceptances are a good measures of a college-bound senior’s standing in the admissions process. They are also a reward, not only for academic and extracurricular achievement, but also for the student’s enthusiasm, thoroughness and efficiency. Admitted students should take advantage of the available time to confirm that a school is their true first choice. Have a choice between two or more schools? Compare and confirm. Are these schools lower down the list? Keep them in mind. Research them thoroughly while waiting for other decisions to come in.
Some tips to help compare and confirm college choices:
What about denials, with no acceptances in hand by Christmas Eve? Don’t despair. Other decisions come in after New Year’s Day. Prepare to send mid-year grades to schools that have not made their decision. Apply to schools that practice “rolling admissions.” An acceptance could come within four to six weeks after the completed application is in.
Early Action admissions allow families more time to make a better-informed decision. Take advantage of that time. Use it wisely to reflect and research college options.
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