Early Admission

08 October 2019

Early Decision Schools That Double Admission Odds

Posted in Your College List, Early Admission, Class of 2024

earlydecisionLooking for a way to enhance admission odds? Here's a list of schools with early decision admission rates that are at least twice as high as their regular decision admission rates.  

Because Early Decision is a binding commitment, it only makes sense if you're a competitive applicant, affordability isn't an issue, and you're absolutely certain it's the school for you. But as the list shows, there can be a meaningful advantage in applying this way if you are.  For example, at Washington University in St. Louis, roughly 60% of the incoming class is admitted through Early Decision, and the admission rate is 36% vs. 11% for those who applied via Regular Decision.  That's a difference too big to ignore.

Note: most early decision deadlines occur in early November, so the time is now to consider if it makes sense for you. Click here for more information about early admission, and here to find out how College Kickstart can help you take full advantage. 

08 October 2019

Boost Your Odds 50% With These Early Action Schools

Posted in Your College List, Early Admission, Class of 2024

earlyactionLooking for a way to enhance admission odds without obligating yourself to attend?  Here's a list of colleges with early action admission rates that are at least 50% higher than their regular decision admission rates.  

Unlike Early Decision, Early Action is non-binding, so it nearly always works to your advantage.  And as the list shows, this advantage can be meaningful if you're a competitive applicant...all for simply applying 45-60 days earlier than normal.  

With most early action deadlines occuring in early November, the time is now to take a closer look. 

06 October 2019

The Early Admission Advantage (Part 3 of 3)

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2024

PART III: Putting Early Admission Strategies to Work

targets2In Part II of this series developed an early admission strategy based on your competitiveness as an applicant, your college list, and your strength of commitment to the top schools on your list.  If you're a competitive applicant with strong qualifications, we recommend that you:

  • Take full advantage of Early Action for all the schools on your list
  • Apply Restrictive Early Action to your top school or when the restrictions don't inhibit your ability to take advantage of early admission programs at higher ranked schools 
  • Apply Early Decision I when you are strongly committed to attending your top choice school and have no concerns about affordability
  • Apply Early Decision II if you have been denied admission to your top choice school, you're strongly committed to attending this ED II school as your next best option, and have no concerns about affordability

With this early admission strategy in place, let's put it to work in Part III against a couple of hypothetical applicants.   

05 October 2019

The Early Admission Advantage (Part 2 of 3)

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2024

PART II: When and How to Take Advantage of Early Admission Programs

img-earlyIn Part I of this series we covered the fundamentals of college early admission programs.  We learned that:

  • Colleges offer early admission programs to manage yield, lock up prized applicants and improve prestige in the process
  • There can be as much as a 2-4x difference in admit rates between early and regular decision applicants
  • Because there is often a high proportion of an enrolled class coming through early admission, your chances of getting in via regular decision are actually worse than you might think

In short, you should always consider early admission programs as part of your college plan.  But under what conditions does it make sense and how do you apply it against your list of schools?  This is the topic for Part II.  

04 October 2019

The Early Admission Advantage (Part 1 of 3)

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2024

PART I: The Fundamentals

early admission advantage

Simply put, early admission should always be considered as part of your college plan.

Why?  Because early action and early decision programs can be tremendously useful in helping a competitive candidate enhance admission odds.  By submitting your application early, you'll hear back earlier and in most instances improve your chances for admission.  Better yet, if you're accepted early, you'll be able to avoid the cost and effort of applying to schools of lower interest on your list.

In this three part series, we'll explore the fundamentals, when/how to take advantage of them, and where early admission is offered.  Read on for Part I.

06 September 2019

Early Admission Plan Changes for the Class of 2024

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2024

Update #1 (9/6)

college kickstart logoMost schools have completed their updates for the Class of 2024 admission cycle (2019-20), and several of the changes we've observed are worth noting. 

In particular, 16 schools have modified early admission options available to applicants this fall.  Notable changes include the replacement of Early Action for Early Decision I/II at Boston College, the introduction of a new Early Decision I option at Howard University and the University of Virginia, and a new Early Action option at Union College.

If you're considering early admission, be sure to check out our list as it may impact how you decide to apply this fall.   Note to our subscribers: the data has already been incorporated into the product, simply re-run College Kickstart to see how it impacts your plan.

Click on Continue Reading below for the details.

26 February 2019

Class of 2023 Early Decision and Early Action Results

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

Update #24 (2/26)

college-studentsHere's our updated list of reported early decision and early action admission rates for the Class of 2023.

This list includes results from Boston College, Boston University, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Middlebury, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Princeton, Rice, University of Georgia, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Washington University in St. Louis and Yale, along with partial data from Barnard, Bowdoin, Columbia, Grinnell, NYU, Trinity College, Tufts and the University of Miami.  While Stanford has released decisions, results will not be released.

Bookmark this page, as we'll be updating it frequently over the next several weeks.

Click Continue Reading for the list.

26 January 2019

University of Virginia Admits 6,550 Early Action Applicants to the Class of 2023

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

uva logoThe University of Virginia announced today that it admitted 6,550 early action applicants to the Class of 2023.  

A total of 25,126 early action applications were received, up 17 percent from the previous year, resulting in an overall early admission rate of 26 percent.  While the in-state admission rate was not reported, 19.3 percent of out-of-state applicants were admitted.  

Click here for the blog post.

 

25 January 2019

Class of 2023 Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

UPDATE #39 (1/25)

student questionsHere's our updated list of early decision and early action dates for the Class of 2023.  As many of you know, schools often post results in advance of their "official" notification dates, so we've compiled the most recently updated dates for you here where available, as well as last year's notification dates for reference.   

Good luck, seniors!

25 January 2019

Boston College Replaces Early Action with Early Decision I/II for Class of 2024

Posted in Early Admission

bostoncollegeBoston College announced that beginning with the Class of 2024, it will replace early action with early decision I and II options.    

Click here for the article.

 

12 January 2019

Georgia Tech Admits 4,000 Early Action Applicants to the Class of 2023

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

gatech logoGeorgia Tech announced today that it admitted 4,000 early action applicants to the Class of 2023.  

Early action applications grew 12 percent to 20,289, resulting in an early action admission rate of 20 percent—40 percent for residents and 14 percent for non-residents.

Click here for the news release.

 

11 January 2019

Rice Admits 408 Early Decision Applicants to the Class of 2023

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

Rice logoRice University admitted 408 early decision applicants to the Class of 2023.  

Early decision applications rose 39 percent to 2,628, resulting in an admission rate of 15.5 percent.

Click here for the news release.

 

02 January 2019

Georgetown Admits 919 Early Action Applicants to Class of 2023

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

georgetown logoGeorgetown University admitted 919 restrictive early action applicants to the Class of 2023.  

A total of 7,802 early action applications were received this year, resulting in an early admission rate of 12 percent. 

 

Click here for the news release.

 

24 December 2018

Northwestern Admits 25 Percent of Early Decision Applicants to the Class of 2023

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

northwestern logoNorthwestern University admitted approximately 25 percent of early decision applicants to the Class of 2023.  

Early decision applications rose 9 percent to 4,399.  Early decision admittances are expected to fill 53-54 percent of the class. 

Click here for the news release.

 

19 December 2018

Middlebury Admits 297 Early Decision I Applicants to the Class of 2023

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

middlebury logoMiddlebury College announced today that it admitted 297 early decision I applicants to the Class of 2023.  

A total of 654 early decision I applications were received this year, resulting in an early admission rate of 45 percent.

Middlebury expects admitted early decision applicants to comprise 41 percent of the targeted class size of 730.  

Click here for the news release.

 

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