This is for high school seniors who have applied to college using the Early Decision or Early Action option. Most ED/EA deadlines passed last week, on Nov. 1. Some deadlines may still be open, but most observed the traditional Nov. 1 date.
The usual strategy for early applicants is to try to get an acceptance from a so-called “first-choice" college. In the case of binding Early Decision, this may be for a “dream college" (an unfortunate term because of all the hopes and dreams stacked upon it), or applicants may be keeping their options open through the non-binding avenue of Early Action, which doesn't require an enrollment decision until May 1, in most cases, which allows for other choices between December and May.