10 Schools You Should Apply Early Decision To

For all the procrastinators out there–and I know you’re out there!–you may want to listen to this. Do I have your attention yet or are you gonna take another 10 minute nap before reading the rest of this blog? Okay, good. Let’s go.

If you’re not completely familiar with college admissions, one thing you should know is that many schools offer that option to apply regular decision as well as early decision. Early decision isn’t simply applying early; Early decision is an early application plan that allows students to apply early (big surprise there) and hear back early on whether you’re accepted, deferred, or denied. The catch is that by applying early decision, you’re committing to enrolling if you’re admitted.

According to an article from The Daily Beast, there are certain colleges where it seriously helps with your admissions changes by applying early decision. These school have a tendency to admit a huge percentage of early applicants to their total acceptance pool. Why would a school prefer an early app to a regular one? Well, it’s often more about the certainty of enrollment that comes with an early decision application. If you’re accepted through early decision, you’re contractually obliged to go and, ya know, pay thousands of dolla dolla bills for a college education.

So, if your dream school is in this list, and it’s the school that if you got into you would 114% go to, think about applying early:

1. Dickinson College
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 45%

2. Bucknell University
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 45%

3. Davidson College
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 49%

4. Barnard College
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 37%

5. Colorado College
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 28%

6. Bates College
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 47%

7. Carleton College
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 40%

8. Hamilton College
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 52%

9. Johns Hopkins University
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 35%

10. Wesleyan University
Percentage of Freshman Class Admitted Through ED: 50%

Are you thinking of applying early decision to any of these schools? Which one? Leave a comment! 

Original Post Date: September 22nd, 2011

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