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10 Colleges Where Early Applicants Have an Edge

Dave_BerryDave_Berry 492 replies2599 threadsCC Admissions Expert Senior Member
"At some colleges, early applicants are accepted at significantly higher rates than those who apply by the regular decision deadline.

Undergraduate admissions experts say one reason for this phenomenon is that students who feel confident in their admissions chances are more likely to apply early than their peers who feel less sure of themselves. In addition, student-athletes recruited by a college are highly likely to apply to that school early, and these applicants tend to have a major leg up in the college admissions process.

Experts add that some, but not all, colleges that offer early admissions programs are more receptive to early applicants. A preference for early applicants is common at schools that offer binding early decision programs, where applicants commit to attend if they are accepted. However, at colleges with nonbinding early action programs, where admitted applicants aren't required to make the commitment to enroll, there may not be a significant advantage to applying early, experts say." ...

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/the-short-list-college/articles/colleges-where-early-applicants-have-an-edge
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  • STEM2017STEM2017 4099 replies96 threads Senior Member
    edited October 15
    Those Trinity and WPI Regular Decision acceptance rates are remarkably low. They obviously do well filling their seats through the early routes.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34468 replies382 threads Senior Member
    I feel this thread ignores the many CC conversations about Early apps.

    Saying UTulsa admits 97% Early hints they have a very strong need to lock in kids. That's one thing.

    But as you move up the tiers, don't fool yourself that just submitting Early improves the chances for underqualified applicants. Any school with low admit rates is going to cherry pick. They don't wear blinders when reviewing, don't lower their standards.

    And, if you're from areas with an overabundance of apps, you'll still be held to geo diversity and etc.
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  • socaldad2002socaldad2002 1516 replies30 threads Senior Member
    But as you move up the tiers, don't fool yourself that just submitting Early improves the chances for underqualified applicants. Any school with low admit rates is going to cherry pick. They don't wear blinders when reviewing, don't lower their standards.

    Completely agree and most highly selective colleges' early decision acceptance rates are not much better than regular decision when you strip out all of the "hooked" applicants. ED is really there for the benefit of the college, not the applicant.
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  • northwestynorthwesty 3540 replies9 threads Senior Member
    "Completely agree and most highly selective colleges' early decision acceptance rates are not much better than regular decision when you strip out all of the "hooked" applicants."

    It varies a lot from school to school. True at some schools, not true at others.

    ED is not much of a boost, for example, at certain Ivy/Nescac schools where a lot of the ED admit spots go to athletes and legacies. Like Brown or Dartmouth.

    But applying ED at other selective schools is a recognized advantage for an unhooked applicant. Like Duke, Vandy, NW.

    And slightly lower down the selectivity ladder, ED can be HUGE. Look at Lehigh. 22% overall admit rate. 61% ED1 admit rate; 33% ED2 admit rate; 19% RD admit rate.

    That's not athletes and legacies; that's a clear ED advantage. If you want to get into Lehigh, you're crazy not to apply ED.
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  • STEM2017STEM2017 4099 replies96 threads Senior Member
    I feel this thread ignores the many CC conversations about Early apps.

    I feel many (too many) CC conversations about Early apps are limited to Ivy/NESCAC/T20 schools. As you hint, the article is NOT about top tier schools. Maybe a conversation about Early apps at some 'other' schools is warranted.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34468 replies382 threads Senior Member
    Lehigh isn't scraping the barrel to get early lock-ins. They draw an increasing pool of highly qualified applicants. And they review each per the college's standards.

    Sure Early can help at a colleges on other tiers. But this depends. Is this about getting warm bodies or building a target class? Are they taking kids who can and will thrive there?
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  • northwestynorthwesty 3540 replies9 threads Senior Member
    edited October 15
    But Lehigh, like many schools in the 20-60 band, are highly sensitive to yield and demonstrated interest. Lehigh (a la Tufts) rejects many high stat applicants who show low interest. Most years, they accept a slightly higher percentage of 1400-1500 kids than they do 1500-1600. Because they know a lot of those higher stat kids are using Lehigh as a safety and are low likelihood of enrolling.

    When it comes to demonstrating interest, nothing compares to applying binding ED. So Lehigh will accept those 1400-1500 ED kids all day long. But come RD time, they'll reject a lot of 1400-1500 kids and also 1500-1600 kids.

    Hence, a BIG advantage to applying ED. If you really want to go to Lehigh and you are a 1400-1500 kid, Lehigh is telling you very very clearly -- apply ED and you'll beat out lots of RD kids with the same or higher stats.
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