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Early Decision VS Regular Decision?

sshjuskissmesshjuskissme Posts: 29Registered User New Member
edited January 2009 in New York University
Here are the statistics I got from the actual NYU website.

Admissions Statistics (Fall, 2008)
Number of Applications: 36,809
Percent Offered Admission: 25.3%
Number of Early Decision Applications: 2,995
Early Decision % of Class: 26.9%
Number of New Freshmen: 4,310

I'm not sure what they mean exactly.
It says Number of Early Decision Applications : 2,995
Does that mean the total number of freshman applications they recieved applying ED?
It seems like more people enroll ED than RD I'm so confused :/
Isn't it better to apply ED rather than RD?
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Replies to: Early Decision VS Regular Decision?

  • afitscherafitscher Posts: 1,181Registered User Senior Member
    If it's ur number one u shud go we so they see u like nyu a lot
  • sshjuskissmesshjuskissme Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    I'm in love with NYU :)
    So I should apply ED right?
    Does anyone know the big difference?
  • hannahtastichannahtastic Posts: 408Registered User Member
    That means 26.9% of the freshman class is composed of students who applied ED.

    If you can afford NYU (even with its less than stellar FA) and it's your very first choice, than ED might be a good idea.
  • nyuparentnyuparent Posts: 19Registered User New Member
    Early apps not suffering in recession
    Eric Platt


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    Share this article Published: Monday, December 29, 2008

    Updated: Monday, December 29, 2008

    NYU recently accepted 1,155 of the more than 3,000 early decision applicants for the fall 2009 class.

    The acceptance rate increased slightly to 38.7 percent from last year's 33.3 percent. Barbara Hall, associate provost for enrollment management, did not attribute the increase to anything in particular; she noted that there were roughly the same number of early decision applications this year as there were for the class of 2008.

    Recent articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times have predicted that many colleges will find it difficult to maximize enrollment goals this year because of the financial crisis. However Hall said that the office of admission was operating similarly to how it did last year and that the number and quality of applicants were relatively unchanged.

    "Applications are coming in at a similar rate. Offers have not decreased," she said in an e-mail.

    Mitchell Stevens, an associate professor of education in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and an associate professor at Stanford University, recently published "Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites," a book that chronicled what life is like in admissions offices.

    Stevens reported that early decision aided undergraduate admission offices because it allowed them to assemble and manage new class sizes better.

    "It's a very powerful enrollment management tool because it provides schools with assured admits," he said. "It means that there is a lot less uncertainty with the applicant. You know how much they're going to cost in terms of financial aid, and you know if they're going to come early."

    After Harvard and Princeton universities dropped early admission possibilities for their respective classes of 2012, some higher education analysts believed that early decision would soon come to an end. But Stevens sees it differently.

    "It's a strategy of the super elite, a cadre of schools that pretty much don't ever have to worry about filling their classes with students," Stevens said. "Early admission is just too useful a tool [for other schools] for lowering that uncertainty."

    Now that the admissions process is over for early decision applicants, new students can breathe a sigh of relief. Elle Levy, a senior at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md., and a newly admitted student to the class of 2013, will be studying in the Tisch School of the Arts. She said her motives for applying to NYU started at an early age.

    "I've always known I wanted to go to NYU — since I was eight," she said. "I was hoping that by applying early decision it would just be a whole lot nicer knowing whether I'd gotten into my dream school or not before the end of the year."

    Levy, like many of the newly accepted early decision applicants, said she is counting the days until move-in this August.

    "After getting my acceptance, I probably screamed for a good 10 minutes. I still haven't come off of this high yet. It's the best feeling."

    Eric Platt is university editor. E-mail him at eplatt@nyunews.com.
  • sshjuskissmesshjuskissme Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    So ultimately it is better to apply Early Decision if I want to have a higher chance of acceptance?
  • rachael525rachael525 Posts: 1,499- Member
    Yup. Go for it. I'm applying ED in two years!
  • hawaiiboy15hawaiiboy15 Posts: 935Registered User Member
    so, NYU does not have EA, just ED. So if I apply ED, I am bound to NYU, unless I can't afford it, which I may not, and NYU is not my 1st school, 2nd probably, but not first, so ED would be a bad decision for me, right?
  • sshjuskissmesshjuskissme Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    Okay, now I'm confused.
    If you apply ED and NYU is your first choice, and you're accepted.
    You have to pay full tuition? I don't understand.
  • hawaiiboy15hawaiiboy15 Posts: 935Registered User Member
    No, not full but you are stuck with the FA package that they give you, but I'm not sure, but I think ED is binding everywhere. But NYU is notorious for crappy FA, so it may be a bit of a gamble for some.


    I'm sure someone else can explain it better, and correct me if I'm wrong.
  • kcdunlapkcdunlap Posts: 237Registered User Junior Member
    ED at NYU is a binding contract meaning no matter what you FA packet you must attend. If you apply ED and don't attend I've heard rumors that NYU takes it out on your school in future years acceptances....but who knows.
  • bimachrisbimachris Posts: 843Registered User Member
    If you really want NYU, you should definitely apply ED. They're so much more lenient during the early decision process because they want to fill their classes with entusiastic students.

    But basically if you apply early, you lose your bargaining power for more financial aid. Like for example, during regular decision you were admitted to both NYU and BU, and BU gave you a lot more money. You can then show NYU how much money BU is offering you, and you say something like "Oh BU offered me more money, but I really want to attend NYU blah blah blah" and they might give you a couple thousand more.

    And if you apply early, you have to attend NYU, even if they don't give you a lot of money. They were really really generous to me and a couple other kids so, don't worry about the money so much.
  • sshjuskissmesshjuskissme Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    I'm not really worried about the money so much.
    I just want to be accepted!
    So ED is the way to go.
    For me at least ;)
    Thanks.
  • bimachrisbimachris Posts: 843Registered User Member
    Guess I'll see you next year then. :) Good luck
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