Early Decision and Early Action Questionnaire
Deciding About Early Decision and Early Action
Early Decision Self-Evaluation Questionnaire* Printable Version
Answer the following questions to decide whether or not to apply early to a particular school. If you answer yes to every question, consider applying ED. If you answer one or more questions with a no, consider applying EA or regular decision.
Have I completely researched this college and other colleges that interest me?
Have I visited this college while classes are in session and met with someone at the admissions office?
Have I explored my academic, extracurricular, and social options at this college?
Have I talked with a financial aid officer to get an estimate of college costs and to find out how early decision could affect my aid package?
Have I discussed this decision with my family and guidance counselor?
Is this a true first choice, or do other colleges still interest me?
*Excerpted from NACAC's Steps to College online newsletter
Pros and Cons of Applying to College Early
· Bypass regular spring notification deadline
· Avoid cost of submitting multiple applications
· Reduce time spent waiting for a decision
· Have to deal with less stress if accepted
· May increase chances of getting into top schools and greatly increase chances of getting into less selective schools
· May get financial aid bonus for applying early
· Must make serious decision before exploring all options
· Can only apply to one school
· May not have time or opportunity to compare financial aid packages
· May have no or fewer aid options and few scholarship options
· Sometimes compete with a smaller but much stronger pool of candidates than during the regular application period
· If rejected, may feel disappointed and discouraged
Early Decision Do’s and Don’ts
· Apply to ED programs at more than one college
· Have your counselor send transcripts to more than one ED school or to any other schools once admitted
· Try to get out of an ED acceptance because you've changed your mind
· Have someone else write or heavily edit your application essays
· Submit deposits to more than one college
· State an intended major you don't plan on pursuing because you think it might help you get admitted
· Inaccurately describe your activities and accomplishments
· State to more than one college that it is your first choice