DD20 sent most of the required material for EA - but didn’t submit the app yet. Seems like they extended the deadline to Nov 8th and she is thinking of submitting now.
Wondering how much of a boost - if any - does EA app has over RD? Reading through forums, understand that it may not be a big boost except for hooked students. DD is not a hooked student (average excellent student with good scores and reasonable ec’s and research background) - essays are average as she rushed through them. Wondering if she should rather wait for the RD and polish the essays more or send the app now. Any thoughts?/advice? thanks.
SAT: 1590; SAT-2’s: 800’s in 3 (math, phy, chem)
GPA: 3.8UW; 4.88W; top 5% of 500
Leadership roles in math/science/stem clubs; varsity sport; state level wins in math/hackathon/science-fairs. all state-level. 2xAIME qualified. Research with a college prof (attended couple governor school research programs earlier) in math. No paper yet but will not get a paper even in RD. She may get a reco from the prof during RD - in EA she will not (as prof is out of country). She is submitting a paper in Dec - she can quote this but it will not be accepted/published. Given this info, which is better EA or RD?