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Can you apply for Regular Decision but apply before the Early Decision deadline?

ChidXIIChidXII 8 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Say the Regular Decision for a school is January 1, and they have and Early Decision or Action date at November 15.

If I submit my application before November 15, but applied under the Regular Decision, this would still be RD, right? Even though my application was submitted before the ED?
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  • jym626jym626 55524 replies2894 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited October 7
    Typically it asks on the applicatio which you are applying for, ED or RD.
    edited October 7
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2217 replies36 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yes, you can submit an application early for RD. The college may contact you and ask if you want to switch to the ED pool. If that won't work for you (perhaps you are applying elsewhere ED), then just tell them you are undecided or need to compare aid offers, etc.
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  • HarrietMWelschHarrietMWelsch 2498 replies31 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited October 7
    Right. The application asks whether you're applying for RD or ED, *and* in order for an ED application to be considered as such, you (and your parents/guardians) have to sign an ED agreement.
    edited October 7
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  • ChidXIIChidXII 8 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you all for clearing that up!
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 29420 replies58 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yes.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34100 replies376 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    But, Why? Typically kids can use the other 6 weeks to improve their apps. If you're thiking this gives you a way around poor first semester grades, think again.
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  • SJ2727SJ2727 1890 replies6 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yes. My daughter did this for 2 schools that did not require supplemental essays, and submitted them at the same time as her ED application. One later asked her if she wanted to change her application to ED2, the other did not contact her at all until it sent her an offer during the regular RD round.
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  • oldfortoldfort 22944 replies290 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    OP does not need to send in transcript or LoRs when he/she submits the RD application(s). If the school asks for midyear transcript then it should be sent in when it is available (Dec or Jan).
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  • evergreen5evergreen5 1490 replies31 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It may also be a wasted app fee. Consider completing the app but not submitting until after ED results are announced.
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  • SJ2727SJ2727 1890 replies6 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ good point on app fee. I forgot to mention, the two RD apps my daughter submitted was one fee free and one fee waived.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 903 replies12 threadsRegistered User Member
    Depends on the school - check the web site or application form. At least one school my D applied to didn’t accept regular applications until after the binding early applications were in. We made sure we waited on that one. Others went in early as she completed them.
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  • ChidXIIChidXII 8 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited October 8
    But, Why? Typically kids can use the other 6 weeks to improve their apps. If you're thiking this gives you a way around poor first semester grades, think again.

    It has nothing to do with that. My grades are still high. I was just wondering. But I will still spend more time reviewing/improving.
    edited October 8
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