Increase Your Admission Chance with Early Decision

If you’re applying to US universities, you probably know that the Early Decision/Early Action deadline is coming up in little over two weeks. November 1st is the cut off date for early applicants at most schools in the country. Why should you be thinking about this? Because applying ED/EA to your favorite school can increase your chances of admission by 50%!

Some schools choose up to 40% of their incoming freshman class from the pool of early applicants. Why, you ask? Because they know absolutely that early applicants will be attending their university in the fall. That increases the school’s acceptance retention rate, and makes them look good compared to other universities. It gives them face.

If you have a clear #1-favorite school, I highly recommend applying ED/EA. Here are a few tips to make sure that you do so mistake-free.

1. Two to three weeks after you submit your application, call the admissions office, or check online, to monitor the status of your application. If they don’t have you listed as ED/EA, they may have missed you.

2. List the name of the college you’re applying to along with your name and ID number at the top right of every essay or other materials you mail. Double check to make sure you’ve used the correct university name.

3. Make sure your supplemental essays are the correct essays for your school. If you’re using the Common Application, that won’t be a problem. If you’re mailing it in, you don’t want any mistakes.

4. Prepare all of your other applications at the same time. That way, if you aren’t accepted ED/EA, you’ll be fully prepared to mail in those other applications before deadlines come up.

5. Be 100% sure that the school has your application fee. If they don’t have your bank check or credit card info, they won’t process your application, and they won’t tell you. Honestly, that would make me cry.

6. Most importantly, be sure to include a strong reason in your essays why you want to attend this ED/EA university so badly. Universities want students who really, really want to attend their school, just as much as they want superstars with 2400 SAT scores.

Follow those six tips and I promise you’ll be well on your way to Early Decision/Early Action success this application season.

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