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early decision vs. regular at wash u

collegebound10collegebound10 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
how important is early decision at wash u?

although i am pretty sure i want to go to wash u, i am not positive enough to apply ed2. however, i am concerned that if i do not apply ed2, i will not be accepted. does anyone know wash u's acceptance of ed vs. regular applicants? help please!
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Replies to: early decision vs. regular at wash u

  • NUgraduateNUgraduate Registered User Posts: 255 Junior Member
    I don't remember the exact percentages, but we asked this question when visiting Wash U for Art & Architecture Day last June. The difference was significant enough that my daughter decided to apply ED 1 (she also had no doubts that Wash U was her #1 choice... in fact, she had no second choice, just fallback schools.) Anyways, I think it was something like 20% acceptance for ED, vs. less than 10% for RD. But again, don't trust these percentages... It's like when you look at your watch to see what time it is, then someone asks you, 'what time is it?' and all you know is that you're not late. What I know for sure, there is a much better chance of being accepted ED.
  • schmoodyschmoody Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    I've been to multiple wash u info sessions, both at wash u and at my high school, and each and every time I was told the same thing: they usually accept the same percentage early and regular decision. However, they may choose to accept a high percentage of early applicants if the early pool is particularly strong one year, which would lead to a lower acceptance rate for regular applicants.
  • armcparmcp Registered User Posts: 511 Member
    wash u won't publish their ED I or EDII admission statistics
    so that should tell you that their not that encouraging for those who wish to apply ED
    Their publsihed overall admission rate is around 20%---I've heard rumors that their ED admission rate is anywhere from 21%-34%(either one of these really isn't that great of a difference for ED)
    I have no idea where nugraduate got the 10% RD statistic from
  • NUgraduateNUgraduate Registered User Posts: 255 Junior Member
    as I said in my post, I don't recall the exact numbers. But... I do recall that we asked how many students were accepted ED vs. RD, and we did the math in our heads (my husband is an engineer - so simple division is not an issue) and there was a clear advantage to applying ED. This said, the people doing the presentation were saying that it didn't matter whether you applied ED or RD. The statistics didn't match what they were saying.

    As for overall acceptance rate, I recall in US World & News Report that Wash U was the 11th hardest school to get into based on percent accepted.

    So, again, don't trust my exact numbers, but the message is that it appears that a greater percentage of ED candidates are accepted than RD.
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