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Application strategy when applying ED

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  • DCCAWAMIIAILDCCAWAMIIAIL Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    That was DD's strategy ... ED to favorite (private, top 20) and EA to three others (two state flagships - one in state, the other OOS) and one private. All were due November 1st I believe so it was nice to do one wave of a few applications (three were common app, one was it's own).

    She received admittance to one state flagship an hour before private ED admittance and then the other a few days later. She had to withdraw the four application since their notification was another month away.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 5,129 Senior Member
    If you can put in an application to a school that does rolling admission, even better. An early acceptance is emotionally worth its weight in gold!
  • murray93murray93 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    edited April 14
    I had always assumed EA would provide a boost. Maybe it doesn’t for some schools? But I believe it does for most we are looking at. List includes: Puget Sound, Lawrence, Southwestern, Clark, St. Olaf, Loyno. All are TO except St. Olaf and Loyno.

    She has taken the ACT and scored a 22. She ran out of time on every section and had to bubble in guesses on huge chunks. But apparently what she had time to answer was darn close to perfect! 😩 I think her PSAT was around 1100 so am hopeful that the SAT will go better next month.

    If she fails to be admitted to any of the above schools, she’ll definitely need over an 1100 to get into some of the less competitive backup state schools. That’s our plan B.
  • murray93murray93 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    @sahmkc Trinity was one of the first schools we looked at! This was when D was a sophomore, before we knew testing might be an issue. It certainly has surged in popularity. A friend went to an info session there and said the president of Rice was there visiting with their child!
  • sahmkcsahmkc Registered User Posts: 582 Member
    @murray93 Have you looked at American U in DC? 90% ED rate and test optional! It is neither Greek oriented or conservative (It's #9 most liberal in US). It's a medium sized school 10,000 UG. The campus is compact and situated around a beautiful quad. The University provides an unlimited metro pass to explore the city (and all of the free monuments & museums). They have several different music related degrees. My DS attends and loves it there. DD applied early to Southwestern and it was the first school to send back an acceptance. I think it's really closer to a rolling acceptance school. Another school we looked at was Christopher Newport U (5,000 ug with music programs) in VA. Another test optional school that was really beautiful and the students were so friendly. We thought DD might have to go TO, but she raised her ACT score by 6 points. She took one section every day for about 6 weeks leading up to her test and that really helped her. If you look at school that do not have a huge representation from your state it may also give you a boost. Many schools really want to increase their geographic diversity.
  • murray93murray93 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    I also had a friend recommend I look at American. I’ll have to revisit it. She said it’s very easy to get to from Dulles.
  • sahmkcsahmkc Registered User Posts: 582 Member
    @murray93 Please pm me with any questions about American, I'm happy to help. We use DCA (Regan International Airport) as it's the better hub for our region and we like Southwest's no baggage fees. There are so many direct flights from so many areas that it is easy to get in and out of whether you choose Dulles or Regan. DS wanted DC so we toured GW and American. His best friend goes to GW. For DD we toured Trinity U (accepted and will attend in the Fall), Southwestern, Christopher Newport, Elon U, Highpoint U, Rollins, and Furman U. I have literally been researching colleges and admissions strategies for almost 4 years straight, and now with both kids out of the process I have all of this free time!
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 75,336 Senior Member
    In general, regardless of whether one applies ED anywhere, it is better to apply early to any EA, rolling, early-deadline-for-scholarship, etc. school where applying early non-binding is advantageous.

    Of course, if any of your colleges has restrictive EA (where you agree not to apply to other colleges ED or EA, depending on the college's EA restrictions), that can require you to choose which subset of possible early applications you will apply early to.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,259 Forum Champion
    Make sure you can afford the ED school. if you need to compare offers, ED is not for you.
    Check out the Colleges that Change Lives schools.
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