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What are the benefits of applying EARLY ACTION?

Damon1570Damon1570 Posts: 565Registered User Member
edited April 2009 in College Admissions
I'm thinking about applying EA to a school, but it doesn't really seem like it's doing anything special. Can someone please explain some of the benefits?

Isn't it just you're turning your application in early and you get an answer back quicker? If so, then what does that really matter since you're going to have to wait for your other schools' answers to come?

I guess I'm just confused lol
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Replies to: What are the benefits of applying EARLY ACTION?

  • python38python38 Posts: 1,304Registered User Senior Member
    If you don't mind me adding to your questions: is applying RD worth the extra few months or so that you get? And for which schools would you benefit the most from applying EA?
  • qihqiqihqi Posts: 224Registered User Junior Member
    get an answer back quicker?
    that is alot IMHO...
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Posts: 29,010Super Moderator Senior Member
    There are a couple of advantages - a quicker answer and the knowledge you've made it into one of your schools, and less work at crunch time because you get at least one app out of the way.
  • oldfortoldfort Posts: 19,406Registered User Senior Member
    If you were admitted EA to a school you would go to then you could focus on your reach schools. As an example - purely on ranking now, if you were admitted to U. Chicago, Georgetown or better still Stanford/Yale, then you wouldn't need to apply to 5+ safeties and matches. It would also take out a lot of stress during the RD round. EA is not the same as rolling admission. EA is notified the same time as ED, rolling admission you find out depending on when you apply.

    Someone posted this season, her son was admitted EA to U. Chicago, so he only applied to HPY during RD. He didn't need to apply to his safeties.
  • kb09026kb09026 Posts: 318Registered User Member
    basically what oldfort said - less stress, less money spent on safety/match applications. The money thing was a big one for me.
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    However, at some schools, EA acceptance rates are actually lower than RD acceptance rates (but ED rates are usually the highest).
  • smarteeangel101smarteeangel101 Posts: 830- Member
    what if the EA acceptance rates are higher than the RD rates for all of the schools you're applying to? can't u just apply EA to all of those schools then, instead of doing the RD thing...?
    lmao, i guess i'm confused too :/
  • locknlockn Posts: 3,033Registered User Senior Member
    what if the EA acceptance rates are higher than the RD rates for all of the schools you're applying to?
    Most schools don't have EA.

    If one of the schools you are interested in does have it, you might as well apply early and get feedback that something might be wrong with your application if you are rejected, or peace of mind if you get in.

    Top schools with EA: MIT, Caltech, Chicago, Georgetown, UMich

    Stanford and Yale are the only schools to have another program called Singe Choice Early Action, which is a compromise between EA and ED - you can only apply to one place early, but even if you get still apply to other places RD.
  • nastynate0315nastynate0315 Posts: 1,277Registered User Senior Member
    well beyond hearing back sooner you also in most cases have an improved chance of getting in. To me of course hearing back sooner was the biggest advantage, because I applied to very competitive schools. I knew early one where I was accepted and where I wasn't. This was a huge advantage because even though I did very well in the early round if I didn't it still gave me some time to find some quick back-ups to apply to.
  • principalviolaprincipalviola Posts: 2,418- Senior Member
    Well if you apply SCEA (single choice) that means you have singled that as your top choice. ie. If you apply SCEA to Stanford, they know that you like em more than Yale, and so forth.
  • locknlockn Posts: 3,033Registered User Senior Member
    SCEA is only of concern to people who both A) think they have a chance at Stanford and Yale and B) don't want to do EA at MIT and Caltech (increasing your odds of an early acceptance to at least one top school). It will be interesting if less selective colleges start using SCEA.
  • CoolbrezzeCoolbrezze Posts: 5,403Registered User Senior Member
    Well you get to find out if your accepted into your top choice university. Though many say scholarships are low with EA.
  • oldfortoldfort Posts: 19,406Registered User Senior Member
    It is the case with ED because it's binding.
  • StrangeCamusStrangeCamus Posts: 157Registered User Junior Member
    lol this thread is long over.
  • oldfortoldfort Posts: 19,406Registered User Senior Member
    Why...Is it so obvious to you?
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