Do early admissions offer you a better chance of acceptance?

Competition for places at top colleges has never been more intense. Many students choose to fill out college applications as part of an early admissions system, but do these programs offer applicants a better chance of acceptance? According to a recent article in The New York Times, they might.

The news source compiled college admissions statistics from a variety of schools across the country. In some cases, a higher percentage of early applicants were accepted than the schools' normal admissions rates. One college that admitted more students through early admissions programs was American University (AU) in Washington, D.C.

Ordinarily, AU's admissions rate is 42 percent. However, last year, AU accepted almost 78 percent of students who submitted college applications through the early decision program. Other universities also accepted more early applicants than their usual admissions rate.

Harvard University also offered admission to 18 percent of those who applied this fall under its new early action program, compared to an overall admission rate of 6 percent, according to the news source.

According to a recent article in Forbes, students should only apply to schools through early decision programs when they are 100 percent sure they have found the right college for them.

If you've found your dream school, you may wish to consider submitting a college application through an early decision system.

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