So it is not “easier” to be admitted early in our process, even though the statistics seem otherwise.
Well, until the schools decide to be more transparent than the type of hollow statements quoted above, applicants are most definitely better served to ANALYZE the statistics. Since the schools possess all the information, it should be a cinch to disclose the information that MIGHT contradict the previous reports of Avery et al that suggested the early pool is actually weaker than the RD pool.
In the meantime, here are the numbers to consider for Princeton:
Early Admission: about a 21 percent admit rate
Regular Admission: less than SIX percent.
And if you consider the entire Ivy League, the same numbers are about 22 percent versus EIGHT percent.
The story is slightly different at MIT, where the early bonus is much smaller with 11 versus 8 percent. At Stanford, it is 13 versus 5 percent.
The bottom line? Early admissions continue to deliver to the well-informed. And, fwiw, what is there to lose with a REA application? A chance at better odds with an ED application that has lost most of its binding bite?