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Should I Apply Early Action Despite a Low ACT Score?

Question: I'm applying to UMass Amherst and I called Admissions to ask about the benefits/risks of applying Early Action (non binding) vs. Regular Decision The counselor was very vague and said "I don't know because I haven't seen the student pool yet."

I have good grades and great extracurriculars, but my ACT scores are on the low side for UMass. Is it to my benefit to apply Early Action if I am on the borderline? I couldn't get a sense from her as to whether if, I'm not accepted Early Action, I would be put in the regular applicant pool or just be rejected.

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