Preparing for College

Early Action Programs

Question: Do Early Action applicants have to send in their application sooner than regular-decision candidates do? If so, are they then given priority over the regular candidates? Where can I find a list of colleges offering Early Action?

Yes, with "Early Action" programs, students usually apply by mid-November--even when the college's "regular" deadline is in January or February-- and they receive a decision by mid-December. (Not all colleges use these same dates, but those are the most typical ones.) Unlike "Early Decision" plans, which are "binding" (this means you are committed to attend if admitted), with Early Action, you generally have until May 1 to make up your mind.

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