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Application strategy when applying ED

murray93murray93 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
Do most people applying ED apply to a few EA schools “just in case”? We can wait and see if she doesn’t get ED and then do RD, but frankly she really will need the bump that comes from EA. If it makes any difference, she is primarily looking at “inclusive” SLACs, schools with over 50% admit rate.

Replies to: Application strategy when applying ED

  • melvin123melvin123 Registered User Posts: 1,434 Senior Member
    I don't think that EA gives you a bump. But it's really good to apply to some EA schools where you have a strong chance of getting into. That way if the ED comes back negative, hopefully you'll have some positive EAs to take away some of the sting/worry. Otherwise the wait between the December ED and April RD can be interminable.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 12,269 Senior Member
    Schools that allow unrestricted EA is fine. Apply away. No bump for EA, generally, but it's better to head in to RD with acceptances.
  • muffindollarsmuffindollars Registered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    you can apply EA to other schools while applying ED?
  • MWolfMWolf Registered User Posts: 753 Member
    @muffindollars Yes, it's OK to apply via unrestricted EA even if you have applied ED to a college. The only limitations are in ED - you can only apply to a single school ED. If you are accepted to your ED school, you need to withdraw from any EA applications, and turn down any college where you have been accepted.
  • nanny1nanny1 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    I agree that it is a good idea to apply to schools EA so that if ED doesn't work out you have some other options to soften the blow. Having those early acceptances make the world of difference.
  • murray93murray93 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Thanks for your comments! I will definitely have her apply to a couple schools EA (probably targeting second favorites without audition (possible music major) or significant supplementation). But I always thought EA provided a little boost to your admission over RD. No?
  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 Registered User Posts: 1,249 Senior Member
    I don't know any ED schools that prohibit EA apps. You can not apply ED to one school and to another under a restricted EA offering (REA/SCEA). Some schools may have early scholarship and/or honors college app deadlines, so why not apply under EA (where available), rather than sending an early RD app?

    Also, don't forget to consider schools with rolling admissions, for example, U Alabama and U Pittsburgh. Those apps are typically available in July. As others have said it's great from a psychological perspective to have an early acceptance or two.
  • murray93murray93 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    edited April 14
    D is not a highly competitive student, thus I’m looking for strategic admissions boost beyond all else. But I also don’t want her to go through tons of extra work doing applications this fall if it’s unnecessary. She is going to be head drum major and is also on varsity swimming so she barely has a moment from August-November. She will definitely be tackling as much of her app as possible this summer! @Mwfan1921 thank you for reminding me of rolling applications, I think she has a few on her list.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 5,139 Senior Member
    Some schools only offer merit scholarships and honors college for EA applicants, and some fill the majority of their class in EA rounds.
  • murray93murray93 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Oh, good point on the merit. Unfortunately she is probably not going to get honors college anywhere unless she gets a very surprising SAT score in May.
  • mamommamom Registered User Posts: 3,619 Senior Member
    As @momofsenior1 mentioned some schools have early deadlines for scholarships. Verify what the schools policy is wrt to merit and deadlines. Even if she is not a strong student! And as others have said it is really nice have an acceptance or two early in the game, even if they are not her first choice. Last, make sure she is studying for the upcoming SAT. 15-20 minutes a day on subjects she needs help on. My S took a full length timed test at home. I corrected and figured out where he needed the "least" amount of help and would pick out 5 questions related to that topic he would do every night before dinner. I would correct, and go over the problems he got wrong. We would continue going down the list til it was test time. He did not mind the 10-15 minutes of work every night. My D did better with a private tutor.
  • classicalsaxmomclassicalsaxmom Registered User Posts: 321 Member
    If she is applying to auditioned bachelor of music [BM) programs, check to be 100% sure that the target school allows ED or EA for music majors. Many schools that offer ED (or EA) still require music majors to apply RD because they want to hear auditions from the whole applicant pool before accepting anyone and offering talent scholarships. In many cases music schools may only accept a handful of kids on the target instrument so they must choose carefully. And again, for music majors, sometimes you can apply EA but that may only apply to the academic admission and then the music admissions decision will come later, after the final audition date. If it is a non audition program and/or a BA music program rather than a BM that isn’t likely to be an issue. The web sites for the music programs will have this info on their web sites where they outline the application process.

    If you haven’t already found the music major forum here at CC, check it out! Lots of very helpful people there.
  • murray93murray93 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    She is taking a math prep class the week before the SAT. Studying for the test has become a huge point of contention in our household, to the point that it has strained our relationship, so I have given up on forcing it. She has had hours of private tutoring but flat out refuses to study on her own. ACT was an absolute disaster. She is doing well in school and takes pride in it, and completely immerses herself in her extras, so that will have to be her sell. So thankful for all the test optional schools now! Sorry for the tangent!! LOL
  • murray93murray93 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    @classicalsaxmom she is applying primarily to SLACs with strong music departments or conservatories. Not sure if she is going to do BM, BA, minor, or what, I believe all we are looking at have a special EA/ED audition date. And from what I can tell, they are all on the same day in November LOL.
  • sahmkcsahmkc Registered User Posts: 582 Member
    For some colleges there is a huge bump for ED and EA as each school is individual in their admissions approach. I believe Trinity U's EA rate for 2017 grads was 73% but their RD was 17%. For the class of 2022 TU accepted 90% of their students in their EA/ED rounds. At some schools you will really get boost for EA admissions. You need to look at each school you are interested in and apply accordingly. For example American U and Furman U both have 90% acceptance rates for their ED1 rounds (and bonus they are both test optional schools!). If you apply wisely EA & ED can really help to boost admissions chances. I will echo @mamom that practice tests are one of the best ways to prepare for the SAT/ACT. If your DD has not taken the ACT, I would try a practice test to see if she likes the ACT format better. Some kids are just better at one or the other.
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