Hey, everybody! I'm new to CC... I've been on the forums for a while looking through the Rice University subsection, but haven't been able to find an answer to this question, so I hope you guys can help me out! :)
Rice is my top choice university, but when I apply next year, I am doubtful of applying ED in the case that I get accepted, but with inadequate financial aid. Also, if I apply ED, then I don't see the point in applying to any other colleges (admission fees), though I want to...
To be perfectly blunt, I love Rice, but it isn't Harvard. I want Rice because (besides its academic prestige), it is close to home, and it's a minor reach, as compared to the Ivies. I understand that Rice is already fantastic in itself and regarded as highly as the Ivies, but still, if I were granted admission to an Ivy over Rice, my decision would be leaning more towards the Ivy.
RD sounds more reasonable, giving me more choices, but I'm afraid Rice won't REALLY think I'm serious about wanting to attend their university if I do so this way. I suppose I'm not 100% committed to this college, but it IS what I think is the best fit for me... More simply put, I just want my options to be open, and ED seems so... Binding! However, I don't want to be rejected RD from Rice AND other top colleges, if I could have gotten in Rice had I applied ED.
I understand that you are allowed to withdraw your ED decision (if accepted) if you are unable to attend due to not enough financial aid, but who determines this?
I guess my biggest question is this - exactly HOW much more of an advantage do you get applying ED rather than RD? What did YOU guys do?
If it helps at all, I'm a Texas resident, which I know can be disadvantageous at times...
I know this was a REALLY confusing post, but I would appreciate any help at all! This whole college process is new to me!