Early college applications more popular than ever

College admissions officials at several prestigious universities across the U.S. have received record numbers of early admission college applications, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. This trend in college applications echoes findings from the National Association for College Admission Counseling's 2011 State of College Admission report.

The survey indicates that 74 percent of universities offering early action enrollment programs reported an increase in the number of early college applications received last year. Approximately 30 percent of colleges offered early decision initiatives during this time period, including top colleges such as Harvard University, Princeton University and Georgetown University.

"For places that have opened to early action, the logic is sound, but the volume it creates makes me wonder if it’s a healthy thing," Robert Springall, dean of college admissions at Bucknell University, told the news source. "The philosopher in me worries that it puts students in the mindset to apply to five places right now, to maximize their chances, instead of thinking about what college is best for them."

According to GoLocalProv.com, Duke University and Northwestern University saw the largest increases in early decision applications. Officials at Duke reported a 23 percent increase from 2010, and early applications to Northwestern rose by 15 percent.

Have you completed a college application through an early decision program? How many schools have you applied to?

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