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Northeastern ED vs EA

RonaldP66RonaldP66 46 replies26 threads Junior Member
Our family has been talking about this for a while now and thought we would get some outside advice. My daughter's first choice is Northeastern but we've hesitated for her to apply ED because there's some other options we're encouraging her to look at. I don't think it's a good idea to apply ED and think to yourself, "what if I had applied to ABC school... would I have gotten in?" So Is there a clear advantage to ED over EA ? And I mean a huge advantage. I just can't find the percentages. The plan right now is to apply to Northeastern EA and some other schools (Boston U, Stanford, Harvard, George Washington, and some other others) RD. This at least gives her some options if Northeastern works out and doesn't work out. She took the ACT and didn't do as well as she had hoped and was planning on taking it again when Covid-19 hit. She wanted to take it again and improve her score but she will not put it on her application. Maybe I'm being too optimistic but without the standardized tests on her application she has enough things that I think would impress an admissions person.
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  • helpingmom40helpingmom40 338 replies10 threads Member
    I am assuming you have run the NPC and found the cost to be affordable for you. ED is a binding agreement and she is expected to attend if accepted. I don’t see anything appealing about their EA plan because it still has a very early deadline but a pretty late notification date and I think the best part of EA is finding out early as a confidence booster and to relieve some of the pressure. To me, it is still putting on the pressure of getting the app in early but not giving the decision payoff. If Northeastern is her clear first choice, she should apply ED but if there are other schools or you need to compare financial aid offers, I wouldn’t do it. I get the “would I have gotten in at ABC” because D20’s got all of her apps in before Halloween, got into her ED choice and had to withdraw the other 9. There is a bit of that wondering about the rest but she was overjoyed with the outcome.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15908 replies1063 threads Senior Member
    Northeastern, and many of its peer schools, look at student interest in admissions If a student has superior stats and a better than average chance of being admitted to a top 20 school the adcoms may judge that the student is using them as a safety. This often results in an EA deferral or an RD waitlisting.

    The best way to show interest is to apply ED. Otherwise it would be important to visit campus as a registered visitor. If onsite tours are not possible this fall then register for one or more of the many virtual admissions events that are offered online.
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  • RonaldP66RonaldP66 46 replies26 threads Junior Member
    I'm guessing then that ED has much higher rate of acceptance than EA at Northeastern.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15908 replies1063 threads Senior Member
    Last cycle a GC posted a link to stats that showed the ED acceptance rate was about 50%.
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  • RonaldP66RonaldP66 46 replies26 threads Junior Member
    Do you know what EA is ? Thanks
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  • Mom270Mom270 89 replies3 threads Junior Member
    I will share that my son was deferred from NEU early action and got two other early acceptances, which was a big relief so he knew by Christmas he had some good choices. He got accepted to NEU regular decision with merit aid and is going there, so don’t be discouraged by an early deferral. And we are really pleased and impressed with their COVID-19 plans.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15908 replies1063 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2
    Found it! This was posted last January. EA and RD acceptance rates are about the same.
    Last night @piesquared, a counselor, posted this email he received from Northeastern:
    "We received more than 34,000 applications for EA, representing an increase of 9% over last year. Today we are excited to be offering admission to many highly qualified students—approximately 5,500 to the fall and 1,600 through The N.U.in Program.

    As you may know, we also offered an Early Decision I Program (ED I), and those students received their decision notifications last month. We received almost 1,900 applications for ED I and offered fall admission to approximately 700 of the applicants, and admission to The N.U.in Program to approximately 340. Over the coming weeks, we will be reviewing over 1,000 Early Decision II applications and 27,000 Regular Decision applications."
    edited August 2
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  • bremcclareybremcclarey 40 replies1 threads Junior Member
    In recent years, the EA pool has actually been bigger than the RD pool, so its a bit more competitive, and most EA applicants are deferred to RD, so don't be surprised if you apply EA and get deffered. I applied to NU as an ED applicant and I think it definitely helped me get in because my test scores weren't as high as their median scores (but of course there's a lot of other factors). If you're hesitant about applying ED in November, Northeastern does offer ED 2 in January. It's the same binding agreement, but offers you a bit more time to decide whether you really want to apply ED there.

    I was absolutely positive that I wanted to go to Northeastern and it was the only school I could see myself at, and that's why I applied ED. This (as well as knowing whether its a good financial decision for your family) is how your daughter should feel if she wants to apply ED.

    Hope this helps!
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