Question: Why should I consider an Early Decision or Early Action college application? What's the difference?
Your level of desire to attend a certain college or university -- coupled with that school's admission policies--can make a difference in your application strategy. Consider Early Decision. Normally Early Decision applications have to be submitted no later than the end of November. Notification of acceptance, rejection, or deferral (to the spring applicant pool) occurs by Christmas. Outright rejection rarely occurs at Early Decision. Deferral to the spring pool, however, generally lowers an applicant's odds of being accepted although some are admitted.