Admission Decisions Explained

Admission Decisions Explained

College admission season is right around the corner! As your students excitedly sort through their favorite colleges and build their acceptance game plan, they'll need to know about college admission decisions. Each college sets its own application deadline, and the deadline can be different depending on the type of decision a student request. Today I'm sharing what you need to know about the four main types: Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, and Rolling Decision. 


Early Decision

Early Decision is an option for students who have a clear sense of their first-choice school and are ready to apply to a college or university early in the fall application cycle.  A benefit of early decision is that students will find out much earlier whether they have been accepted. For this type of admission, schools typically open the application as early as mid-October, and students find out if they have been accepted in mid-December.  However, applying early decision should only be done if the individual has done extensive research on the particular school and is certain they can afford the tuition if they are accepted, because early decision is binding. Students accepted through early decision usually must withdraw their applications from all other schools.


Early Action

Early Action is a different option for individuals who have done extensive research on the college or university they are looking to apply to. Unlike early decision, early action is not binding, and a student is still able to apply to other schools and make a final decision by the traditional May 1st deadline; still, they’ll receive the decision earlier in the application cycle.  


Regular Decision

Regular Decision is a beneficial option for students who want to wait and hear from all the colleges they applied to before deciding. This might also be a good option if a student is weighing multiple financial aid awards.  


Rolling Decision

Rolling Decision is open until all of the slots are filled. This option is helpful for students who take admission exams late or want to wait to apply; however, the student runs the risk that all admission spots will be taken.


Cheryl Carter has helped many students get into the college of their choice. Her advice is always practical and strategic. She prides herself on giving parents “the homeschool advantage” college admission advice.

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