Early admissions provide an advantageous opportunity to seniors
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During this month, many may have noticed that college representatives have been visiting our school to meet with students and answer their questions about admissions.

What’s the point of all of this anyway?

As November draws closer, seniors like me scramble to finish my college applications. Many request teachers and counselors for letters of recommendation and spend significant hours on weekends to finish college essays.

While seniors compile all the necessary information, many of them ponder whether to apply early or stick to the traditional “Regular Decision” option. Early Action is a type of early admission in which students are not required to commit to these schools when they get their acceptance letters. On the other hand, Early Decision is a binding contract and requires students to enroll once an acceptance letter is sent out to applicants.

If that is what you are struggling with, it would be best to apply for Early Action. Students opting for this choice have three months to decide whether they want to go to that certain school offering Early Action. Those who apply instead for Early Decision may regret this choice and would rather prefer going to another school, but then realize they were too late.

You also should work for Early Action rather than Regular Decision for the sake of your mental health. This can relieve stress from the application season and offer students an opportunity to get the paperwork or online work over with before they get busy with schoolwork. Unfortunately, senior year isn’t a place where students can automatically start catching senioritis. As soon as school starts, students are bombarded with assignments, tests and projects, which gives barely any time to just relax.

According to ivycoach.com, the statistics showed that in the 2018 admissions, Cornell University had a 27.7 percent acceptance rate for Early Decision and Early Action compared to its 12.3 percent Regular Decision admission rate. This correlation between the acceptance rates shows that the colleges do pay attention to those who applied earlier.

Also, you want to get the application process out of the way because some of the colleges you might be applying to may provide financial aid. This is an appealing incentive in which you can turn in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid application from an earlier date, Oct. 1.

When I consulted with my older sister about applying for Early Action or Early Decision, she strongly believed that choosing Early Action will boost my chances of getting into my dream college because it allows me enter a smaller applicant pool before everyone else submits applications on the Regular Decision date.

On the other hand, some think the early application options are only for the confident, those who believe they qualify as top applicants. That’s not the case, though.

The selection that these colleges make can sometimes be quite random — even valedictorians may not get into the top schools. The seniors may have no way of knowing for sure what will get them into college. So, don’t think that you don’t have a sure chance of getting in because of Early Action. Everyone has an equal chance of getting in or not.

However, doing this early can give you the assurance of getting these applications over with.

Still, students should spring for Early Action and get their stresses alleviated as soon as they submit to colleges without being binded down.

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