Early Action/Early Decision Admission Rates Drop at All Ivies
The University of Pennsylvania admitted only 1,279 students to its Class of 2023, their lowest Early Decision acceptance rate to date.
For many students, regardless of whether or not you’re a legacy applicant, applying through an Early Action program or Early Decision program makes sense. Many students just want to get the whole agonizing application process over and done with. And there’s a lot to be said for that. Applying to college in America is an endurance sport and as such requires unexpected reserves of time, commitment, and diligence. The sooner a student applies, the sooner that student can return full attention to school work.
But there are many compelling reasons and important practical advantages that come with applying through Regular Decision programs. For example, when students apply through Regular Decision programs, they have more time to perfect the two most important parts of the application: the main essay and the supplemental essays. Many students also know that their admission chances will be improved by senior year extracurriculars or improved academic performance, and for these students, it’s far better to wait to apply until January. Finally, when students apply through a Regular Decision program, they can space their work out over time which for many students and families is a tremendous help in getting through the stress of senior year.
Which is for you? It really is up to the applicant and her/his family to make the decision. But if you chose to apply through an Early Action or Early Decision program only because you think it will up your admissions chances, you may want to reconsider. Although small, this year’s Early Action and Early Decision admission rates are significant.
Need help deciding whether to apply to college through an Early Decision, Early Application, or Regular Decision program? Call me. I’m always ready to help you!
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