Is it a good idea to apply all schools RD?

<p>I am wondering this because I am thinking of applying to MIT EA but im not sure if i will be competitive enough. I have yet to take the SAT's again but most likely i will be focusing on raising my ACT score and just send the latter. I also have to take another subject test if i end up sending my SAT score.</p>

<p>I was wondering applying to MIT EA b/c that would give me the "extra boost" not provided in the RD round. Is this correct reasoning?
Im also applying to Yale, Stanford, Caltech Upenn and Columbia PLME. And i know that im not competitive enough for any of these EA or ED (or w.e. the school uses). So i should just go for RD for all schools correct?</p>

<p>If you think your application will strengthen a good amount between EA and RD, do RD. If you think it'll be about the same, might as well do EA. EA isn't really an extra boost, it just tends to draw the more competitive side of an already-competitive pool.</p>

<p>I don't know how the other schools treat EA/ED/RD, so I can't help ya there :)</p>

<p>EA doesn't boost you here. But if you apply EA, we're likely to defer (rather than reject) you to RD.</p>

<p>Would you be able to send in first quarter grades and send in a nice letter about new things that have happened since the application was first sent in if someone's deferred EA?</p>

<p>I believe Admissions welcomes updates about new awards, grades if you want to send them, etc :) I'm guessing that unless your grades are part of an upward trend, it's probably not important to send them? Unsure, though, maybe Chris'll elaborate.</p>

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Would you be able to send in first quarter grades and send in a nice letter about new things that have happened since the application was first sent in if someone's deferred EA?

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Yes, deferred EA applicants send their mid-year grade reports to the admissions office, and are welcome to send additional materials and updates to strengthen their applications.</p>

<p>For this reason, I think it's worthwhile to apply to MIT EA (as long as there aren't other places you'd prefer to apply with a restricted early program, and as long as you can get your application ready in time) -- the ability to send off the application, then think about its strengths and weaknesses for a month or so, really seems to be useful to applicants. </p>

<p>Applying EA to MIT doesn't do anything to anybody's chances by itself, but many applicants seem to find it advantageous for themselves personally.</p>

<p>Yea, that's basically it. I know I definitely want to apply to MIT and nowhere restrictive early, so I would like to do that. Thanks mollie and Piper!</p>

<p>Do you guys know by chance when the new app is coming out?</p>

<p>You guys will know before I do, no doubt. :)</p>

<p>It's typically released sometime in late August/very early September, often around Labor Day. Within nanoseconds of the announcement of its release, somebody will put up the bat signal at CC.</p>

<p>Hahahaha, ok. Thanks again! :D</p>

<p>We require "mid year grades" + updates from all students.</p>