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Applying ED 2020 chances?

RPD123RPD123 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
Brown is my number one choice. I've heard applying ED will increase my chances of being accepted.

Here is my info:

3.47 UW GPA/ 4.15 W
31 ACT (33E/31M/25R/33S), 32 superscored (33E/31M/30R/33S) with a 8 in essay. (Retaking again in the fall)
710 SATII Math I
Top 20% of graduating class (this is a estimate)
Senior Schedule: AP Economics, AP Literature, AB Calc, Spanish 5, AP Environmental Science, Advanced Accounting, Consumer Economics Honors

1 year basketball counselor
1 year NHS (will be 2 years)
2 years tutoring at school
4 years teaching kids how to swim
4 years Varsity swimming
4 years varsity water polo
4 years Drug-free Club
4 years club water polo
6 years club swimming

Gender: Male
Race: White
Country of Residence: USA
Financial Aid: Need it

I should also add that I am being recruited... However, the coach said I may need to be accepted on my own merit. What would you say my chances of being accepted early are?

Replies to: Applying ED 2020 chances?

  • fenwayparkfenwaypark Registered User Posts: 696 Member
    edited August 2015
    About the same as they would be if you applied RD. (There is a thread on this, currently a few slots below)

    Why is that my opinion? Because that is what Dean of Admission James Miller has stated, and it also makes sense to me.

    Look at it this way. If the ED acceptance rate is 20% and the overall rate is 8.5% and the RD-only rate is 6.something%...and the applicant pools in all these sections are identical or very similar, then there would definitely seem to be an advantage applying ED. But if the pools are not identical or similar, then these percentages do not tell you much.

    Dean Miller has said that 26% of the ED admitees are recruited athletes. (If the coach is not supporting you for one of the slots available to his/her team, you are not a recruited athlete, and your high school sports is looked upon as a nice EC). There also is anecdotal information that a higher percentage of legacies, development cases, celebrities, super-high achievers and other special situations apply ED.

    If you do not buy that, or trust Dean Miller's statement, then I guess the thought process is that the pools are similar but in ED, Brown adds X points to your SATs, and Y decimal points to your GPA, and reads your essays with less circumspection, and gives higher premiums to ordinary ECs compared to RD applications.....and makes ED admissions decisions based on these easier ED criteria. If I am wrong about the thought process here, I welcome correction.

    So, again, all of this is opinion, I am not affiliated with Admissions and have no inside information, and I think your ED and RD chances would be pretty similar.
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