Early Applications – When to show ’em and when to hold ’em

Looking for a way to boost admission odds without obligating yourself to attend?  The list below details some colleges with early action admission rates that provide a bump.

On the other hand, if your student is still working hard on their first semester grades and one more shot at improving their test scores and the schools on their college list don’t give an early action bump then consider taking a breath and holding off to regular decision.

Abilene Christian University Saint Joseph’s University
Bard College Saints Anselm College
Birmingham-Southern College Sewanee: The University of the South
Case Western Reserve University Simmons College
The Catholic University of America St. John’s College Maryland
Christopher Newport University St. Mary’s College Maryland
College of Wooster Stanford University
Colorado College State University of New York – Buffalo
Dickinson College Texas Christian University
Emerson College Tulane University
Georgia Institute of Technology University of Colorado – Boulder
Goucher College University of Denver
Harvard University University of Mary Washington
High Point University University of Scranton
John Carroll University University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Kalamazoo College University of Miami
Loyola University Maryland University of North Carolina – Charlotte
North Carolina State University of Notre Dame
Marist College University of Vermont
Ohio State University – Columbus Ursinus College
Princeton University Wheaton College – MA
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Wofford College
St. John’s College – MD Worcester Polytechnic Institute
St. John’s College – NM Yale University

Unlike Early Decision, Early Action is non-binding, so it nearly always works to your advantage if the student’s college profile is competitive and an A+ essay is ready to roll.

This list is not meant to be comprehensive but provides some insight and each student’s results, of course, will vary.  With most early action deadlines occurring November 1 through December 1 now is the time to take a closer look.

Betsy Greaney
Betsy loves data and how using information and technology can help a student understand his/her key college criteria and provide him/her the confidence and motivation to stretch beyond original ...
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