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Single-Choice Early Action

Question: Does single-choice Early Action, which is offered by schools like Harvard and Yale, mean that I cannot apply to other colleges during both the Early Action AND regular decision periods? How do colleges know that single-choice EA or Early Decision candidates haven't applied elsewhere?

Harvard, Yale and other colleges that have "single choice early action" programs do not allow candidates to apply to other schools during the early-action period only. However, once they receive EA (Early Action) decisions (mid-December), then applicants are free to apply elsewhere, if they so choose.

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