Importance of EA vs RD

<p>At some schools applying early means improving your chances of admission by 20 points (Duke and Johns Hopkins for example). I know that at Georgetown the percentage goes up only slightly, but do you guys know if a borderline person would be more likely at getting in early? I am planning on applying SFS. Thanks for the insight.</p>

<p>Interelations09 you're gonna have to see how this year shakes out before you have any useful information. Harvard et al. doing away with EA/ED is making everything whacked. EA yields may go down for schools like Georgetown that did not do away with EA, so RD acceptance rates could go up. At which point it may take a couple of years before any school has statistics on this stuff that mean anything.</p>

<p>The reason that Johns Hopkins has a higher rate, is because it is ED, not EA. You should find that at most colleges ED will always have a higher admission rate because it is binding.</p>

<p>Georgetown is EA so there is no advantage to applying early. The acceptance rate for both EA and RD is the same (this year about 18%), however on their website and mailings Georgetown says that EA is for top candidates who the university is positive would be accepted RD anyway. </p>

<p>So, I don't think that EA at Georgetown is easier, and if I had to say I would think it would be slightly harder.</p>

<p>yes, as aslan noted ED schools typically do give fairly big advantages to early applicants, while at EA schools the difference is much smaller or (as in Georgetown's case) non-existent. It's not Georgetown in particular doing this, it's the nature of EA/ED.</p>

<p>I've heard second or third or fourth hand through CC that in EA, Georgetown considers numbers a bit more than they do in RD, so I'd ask if that's in your advantage, but again, it's all hearsay, so take it with a grain of salt.</p>

<p>One good thing about EA is they don't expect 3 SATII's. They think if you're RD you have enough time, but EA shouldn't be expected to. so if you know you'll only likely do well on 2 SATII's, apply EA.</p>

<p>I would also encourage you to apply EA just as an emotional benefit to you. Getting in early made senior so much better and they only defer you early. it really is a win win.</p>

<p>Thanks everyone for the input. I appreciate it. But one quick question. I have also heard that Georgetown's EA is binding. Is that true? Thanks again for the information.</p>

<p>no .</p>

<p>no EA is ever binding. Find the person who told you that and hit them.</p>

<p>Georgetown does however, place one small limitation: you can't apply anywhere else ED.</p>

<p>Early decision is binding, and early action is not. With EA in general you can't apply ED anywhere, but you can apply EA to additional schools (a lot of people apply to both BC and Georgetown EA)</p>

<p>You can apply to one ed school and multiple ea (non-scea) schools, right?</p>

<p>It depends...there are 3 different types of Early Action</p>

<li><p>Non-Restrictive: Notre Dame, Villanova, (MIT...I think) can apply to as many of these schools as you want.</p></li>
<li><p>Restrictive: can apply to other nonrestrictive and restrictive early action schools but you cannot also apply ED to any school (like Penn, Brown, etc.)</p></li>
<li><p>Single choice: Yale, can only apply to one, and if you do that is the only school you can apply early, all other schools must be RD</p></li>

<p>Thanks aslan for the clear cut definition, and I'd love to hit him DC...he's just on collegeconfidential. Thanks again for the information guys.</p>

<p>One last scenario. I have my favorite dream school (Georgetown), which I will almost certainly be applying EA to. But what if I get deferred, because my number 2 school is ED II. This whole early sequence of events has got me all twisted and confused in possible scenarios.</p>

<p>I agree a lot of people apply to BC, Georgetown and Notre Dame EA. It's the catholic trio.</p>

<p>there is a lot of cross referencing between those three jesuit schools, i have heard that they share info about applicants with one another (could be wrong here), i have a feeling that may work against you to apply to all three (although my friend was admitted to all 3 EA last year, so who really knows)</p>

<p>I have actually heard that Georgetown EA can be slightly more competitive than RD depending on the year (this year was just under 18% acceptance rate). regardless of how it compares to RD, i would highly recommend applying EA, getting into georgetown early changed the dynamic of my second semester DRAMATICALLY. I am still apprehensive about the march 31st decisions, but much less so now that i have georgetown as my "safety" ("safe" only because im in, not because its a safety for anyone)</p>

<p>Notre Dame is NOT a Jesuit school. Founded by a different order of priests.</p>

<p>well technically it is roman catholic by denomination, but notre dame WAS founded by french jesuit missionaries</p>