It is time we parents at CC unite and speak out about these:
1. Early admissions puts pressure on the kids to make decisions early:
The difference between the early dates and the regular admissions is just about two months. An application deadline of Nov 1 should just mean that the college search process should start a couple of months earlier, not a bad idea because it will push it into the summer months when there is more time to do this.
2. All early admissions processes are bad, since they don't let you take advantage of financial aid:
While this may be true of early decisions and financial aid, this is simply not true of early action schools. Single choice early action (or restrictive early action) actually reduces pressure on the kids by letting them know they got in by December 15, reduces the number of applications that are sent in to multiple schools (once you get into your top choice school, there is no reason to apply elsewhere unless you don't get the financial aid you need at this school), and still leaves you with a choice of applying to other schools if you need more financial aid.
3. Only the rich can know about early admissions, so it is not fair to have any early programs:
This is the most startling myth - and it appears to have reached an urban legend status. Every college website I see, every application form I read, has information clearly laid out about the choices for applying early. How can we assume that a high school junior or senior (who supposedly has the intelligence and ability to attend a world class college) does not have the ability to read and understand this? I have seen children who are certainly not rich get this information and apply to their top choice college early, and get in. This is from a public school in a small town where there are 4 counselors for over 2,000 kids.
4. Those who get in early will not work hard the rest of their senior year:
It is not the purpose of the college admissions process to ensure that students work hard throughout the year. That is the student's responsibility, and I should hope that a child who is dedicated to learning and wants to pursue a rigorous course of study at one of the top colleges will not consider slacking off as an option.