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What is Early Decison II? Is it Ethical? How about Wise?

Question: At the gym yesterday, another mother on the adjacent Stairmaster told me that her daughter is going to apply Early Decision to her first-choice college this fall, but--if she's deferred--she'll apply to another college (presumably her second choice) during an "ED II round." If admitted, she won't wait to find out if the first college will take her in the spring. What is an ED II round? Is this permissible? Is this wise? Should I be looking into this for my own daughter, or should I just stay off the Stairmaster instead?

A growing number of colleges, particularly liberal arts schools, are offering two chances for students to apply Early Decision. The first round typically has a November deadline, and the second round will probably have a deadline in January (though these vary).

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