where i should apply early

<p>i am having trouble deciding where i should apply early. i am currently deciding among penn, duke, and stanford. the thing with stanford is that it is early action (non binding), therefore chances of getting in early are onl around 16% from the figures i have seen. however, i am from california, which supposedly gives me a better chance. then again, many students from my highly competitive school are also applying to stanford early, but not penn or duke. the following are my stats, so if anyone has any advice and opinions on whether or not i can get in early please let me know or any opinions on why i should choose one school over the others it would be greatly appreciated.</p>

<p>gpa: weighted 4.5/4.8 (i think)
class rank: top 5%
curriculum: most rigorous available
so far taken four ap tests
euro: 3
spanish: 4
bio: 4
us: 4
presidents honor roll (high gpa): 6/6 semesters
three years' elected positions in asb
major character in theatre production
vice president habitat for humanity (1 year)
verbal: 750
math: 780
writing: 700 (getting regraded msot likely will be higher)</p>

us: 750
math: will take est. 750 or above</p>

<p>please help me decide which university to choose for early asap because deadlines are coming up quickly.</p>


<p>Well location is a big thing here...if that matters to you. Obviously Stanford is going to be a lot closer than Duke and Penn. How far away from home do you want to be?</p>

<p>I've heard those 3 schools compared alot before, but I can't really point out too many differences aside from the fact that Duke and Stanford have some hardscore sports teams...lol.</p>

<p>To me, what ED comes down to is where you want to be, and only you know that. I mean, I applied to Duke ED because I thought it was the absolute PERFECT school (which it is:)) Obviously I'm going to be a bit biased, so I'm not going to tout Duke over the other schools...but it is pretty awesome. lol. All I can say is go ED where you WANT to go...not which school you have a best chance getting into.</p>

<p>Not to be rude, but you have no business applying ED. </p>

<p>You clearly cannot decide between Stanford, Duke, and Penn. If you do not have an absolute, must-go-there first choice, don't apply ED. If you're only applying ED to increase your chances, DON'T DO IT!!!</p>

<p>I would apply SCEA to Stanford.</p>