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Does applying for Early Decision or Early Action help your chances?

I am a Junior in high school hoping to apply for colleges really soon. I know about early decision and early action but, what I do not know is does it help you get into colleges. Will the schools consider you more then others because you decided to apply early then normal? college college-applications decision-making early-action early-decision

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Jenn’s Answer

It can help you, but if you're not qualified for admission under regular decision, you are also unlikely to get in early decision or early action. In general, it will not significantly boost your chances, but it might help a little bit, and it will also obviously notify you earlier (which may be nice if you are admitted, because you'll know sooner).

In general, you should not apply to a binding early program (i.e., where you have to go if admitted) unless you're sure it's your first choice. It's definitely not worth it to get in and then realize it's not what you want. Also, if you really need a strong financial aid package, sometimes when you apply can affect the aid options you get from different schools; talk to your college counselor about this, as I don't have much information on that.

Thank you for taking your time to answer my question. Daniel Z.
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nancy’s Answer

To my knowledge, no, applying for early decisions will not improve your chances of getting in. Therefore, if you feel that the submission date for early decision is not enough for you to turn in a portfolio you're satisfied with, go with regular decision and there is no shame in that. Just follow what you're most comfortable with, that will not leave you any regrets. This way, even if you don't get admitted you won't be feeling guilty because you know you put your all into it. Hope this helps and best of luck to your future endeavours!!