Applying for Early Decision

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Applying for Early Decision
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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 12:00pm

As the early decision application date approaches quickly, here is an article that may give some good insight on when its a good, and bad, decision to apply for early decision.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/applying-early-decision_n_4100664.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 10-16-2013 - 12:17pm

Since the edit function is broken, here is the link to the full article.  I didn't realize when I posted that the other one was only part of the article:

http://www.hercampus.com/high-school/applying-college/applying-early-decision-5-good-4-bad-reasons-do-it

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 4:21pm

Tracy, is your DD happy that she applied early decision, now that she is there?

My kids both applied early decision.  DS was accepted and the college has turned out to be a good fit for him.  DD was rejected and was actually relieved, because she ended up in a university and program much better suited to her interests - the rejection was truly a blessing in disguise and I don't think she's regretted it for one moment.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 10-21-2013 - 12:13pm
Honestly, I don't know if it would have mattered for Jordyn. Once we did the recruiting visit and the team told her they wanted her and they offered her a scholarship (no matter how small), she wouldn't have went any place else. This team she is on, even though she likely won't do anything like this when she is done with college, was a once in a lifetime thing for her that she (in her mind) just could not pass up. "I" wish she would have applied other places so we could have compared financial aid packages and maybe used it as a negotiating tool of sorts. She would have gotten into the University with her grades and scores easily during the regular admission process, but doing early decision, knowing that's where she wanted to go, took a lot of anxiety out of things. She has been prone to a lot of anxiety issues over the last few years, so it helped put that one "on the shelf" so to speak. But, overall, she LOVES the school, she loves her team, teammates and coaches, she loves her classes, so even if it is costing us an arm and a leg, its worth it in my mind. I know a lot of people will say we should have made her apply other places, we should have made her go somewhere cheaper, so she wouldn't have all the student loans when she is finished, but I guess that is a calculated thing, and its different for everyone to decide the pros and cons, etc. (sorry for my rambling).
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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 11:08am

Greg is only applying to places where the early decision is non-binding, that way he can still decide among multiple acceptances.  Basically, we just want to have this phase of the process completed by November 1, so we don't have to have it hanging over our heads. Then he can turn his attention to completing various scholarship applications.    

He's applying to three schools via the Common Application, and to three more directly, although U of Chicago is his top school and the one he really wants to go to. 

Elizabeth

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Registered: 12-06-1999
Wed, 10-23-2013 - 6:30pm

We are not going the early decision route. Most of DS applications have a November 30, deadline. He has 2 potentials in Oregon and 1in Washinton that will have rolling admission, so we should hear on those pretty quickly.  As far as the public schools here in CA, he will have to wait it out. Given the economy, and his choice of major cost will be a big factor. We have been clear on what we can afford. He has a few on his list that he knows are out of our budget. We shall see.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 8:30pm
We have time for ds, he is only a sophomore in high school. We have started going to college fairs and open houses. Dd did early enrollment and it worked great for her.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Fri, 11-08-2013 - 5:54pm

My daughter applied early decision to one school and early action ( not single choice early action) to another. DD has the stats for the ED college but it's one of those reach schools where it's anyone's guess as to who will actually get in. She's hoping it ups her chances of acceptance and she'd be in heaven if she could go there but it's a real long shot. The EA school is a safety. It's low on her list but it's one that has some interesting programs, in an area she likes and in our budget.  EA was just to get it out of the way.

Now she's focusing on our public systems. One is just fill-in the blanks... no essay. The others have essays but at leasst they all use the SAME essays. They are due in a couple weeks. Looking forwards to Jan 1st when all her apps have to be done!

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Mon, 11-25-2013 - 11:07am

Wow - first I should admit that I have not posted to iVillage in many, many years - so this is kinda weird lol.

Anyway - my son is a senior and he's applied early action to one college, but it is not binding.   That was is first choice school, its a private college.  Its expensive but I hear they are pretty generous w/ their scholarships.  It is also in-state, with a majority out-of-state student body, so I'm hoping that gives him some advantage (probably won't - but I can dream, right?).

He's applied to another state university - LSU actually - that is about 40 minutes from home (but he'd live on campus), and he could go there for FREE.  I love FREE.  Free is good - lol.

He has also applied to University of Chicago and University of Michigan and wants to tour them both during the Christmas break.  Poor kid, he has no idea what snow is - hahaha.  So, I guess I'll plan a trip and see how that goes.

He's going to apply to a couple other choices too - all through the Common App.  He said he's going to apply to Yale and Harvard - "just because" - for the fun of it?  He goes to a great high school and has a high ACT score, but uhhh... ok son, reach for the stars. :P

I told him he needs to choose the college that gives him the most money - lol (or I guess the highest percentage of tuition money).

Sigh - its all exciting, but nerve wracking at the same time.  I have no idea where he'll land.  It'll be nice to KNOW, you know?

                            

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Registered: 11-05-1998
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 12:56pm

Cajun--welcome to the board.  My son has applied to both U of Chicago and U of Michigan.  In fact, U of Chicago is his first choice school.  We're just waiting to hear . . . we should have decision by Christmas, they say.   We're in Michigan, so my son is well acquainted with the cold weather.    He also applied to Hope College (in Michigan) early action, and to Western Michigan (not early). 

I think the next three weeks are going to be stressful--- waiting is so hard.  But now that all of the college apps are done, it's time to do all of the scholarship apps!! 

Elizabeth