Early Decision and Early Acceptance

Early Decision and Early Acceptance plans are two avenues that can get high school students into their top school. Applicants who apply earlier have a higher chance of being accepted to their chosen institution. Early applications can help students get into reach schools like Stanford University (CA), Boston College (MA)  and Yale University (CT) amongst other top institutions  in throughout the country.

Sounds pretty good, right?

Before starting your early application process make sure to consider the following:

There is a difference between Early Decision and Early Acceptance Plans
Early Decision applications are “binding,” meaning that if the applicant is accepted and offered enough of a financial aid package then they must attend that college. Potential students may only apply for one early decision college. On the other hand, Early Acceptance plans allow you to apply to more than one early action college. Early Acceptance applications are not binding, and students have the option to accept right away, accept in the spring, or decline the offer. If you opt to do the Early Decision plan, make sure that right school for you.

Do you want to compare admission and financial aid offers from several colleges?
In committing yourself to a College or University early you do not have the option to compare financial aid packages. If you receive more than one financial aid package offer, then you have the ability to leverage more aid from your preferred university. However, this sort of negotiation is best left to a Financial Aid Consultant.

Would you benefit from having another year of high school work to show colleges?
Not every school that does early acceptance or early decision is an Ivy league school. If you are on the cusp of getting into a better school by performing well during your senior of high school you may want to withhold on applying early.

Alphabetical list of schools with early action.

A  
Abilene Christian University TX
Adelphi University NY
Agnes Scott College GA
Albion College MI
Arkansas Tech University AR
Assumption College MA
Auburn University AL
Austin College TX
Azusa Pacific University CA
B  
Babson College MA
Bard College NY
Bay Path College MA
Baylor University TX
Becker College MA
Bellarmine University KY
Bemidji State University MN
Bennett College NC
Bennington College VT
Bentley University MA
Berklee College of Music MA
Binghamton University NY
Biola University CA
Birmingham-Southern College AL
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania PA
Boston College MA
Bridgewater State University MA
Bryan College TN
Bryant University RI
Butler University IN
C  
Caldwell University NJ
California Baptist University CA
California Institute of Technology CA
California Lutheran University CA
California State University Sacramento CA
California State University San Bernardino CA
Carthage College WI
Case Western Reserve University OH
Catholic University of America DC
Centenary College of Louisiana LA
Central Michigan University MI
Centre College KY
Chapman University  CA
Christendom College VA
Christopher Newport University VA
Clark University MA
Cleveland Institute of Art OH
Cleveland State University OH
Coe College IA
Colby-Sawyer College NH
College of Charleston SC
College of Idaho ID
College of Mountain St. Vincent  NY
College of Saint Benedict MN
College of St. Rose NY
College of Wooster OH
Colorado College CO
Colorado State University CO
Columbia University, School of General Studies NY
Columbus College of Art and Design OH
Concordia College New York NY
Concordia University Irvine CA
Cornell College IA
Curry College MA
D  
DePaul University IL
DePauw University IN
Dickinson College PA
Dowling College NY
Duquesne University PA
E  
Earlham College IN
Eastern Oregon University OR
Eckerd College FL
EDP University of Puerto Rico PR
Elon University NC
Emerson College MA
Emmanuel College GA
Emory & Henry College VA
Erskine College SC
F  
Fairfield University CT
Fayetteville State University NC
Fordham University NY
Fort Lewis College CO
Framingham State University MA
Furman University SC
G  
George Fox University OR
Georgetown College KY
Georgetown University DC
Georgia College and State University GA
Georgia Institute of Technology GA
Georgia State University GA
Georgian Court University NJ
Gonzaga University WA
Gordon College MA
Goucher College MD
Grace College IN
Greensboro College NC
Guilford College NC
Gustavus Adolphus College MN
H  
Hamline University MN
Hampden-Sydney College VA
Hampshire College MA
Hampton University VA
Hanover College IN
Hardin-Simmons University TX
Harding University AR
Harvard College MA
Hellenic College MA
Hendrix College AR
High Point University NC
Hillsdale College MI
Hofstra University NY
Hollins University VA
Hood College MD
Houghton College NY
Howard University DC
I  
Illinois College IL
Illinois Institute of Technology  IL
Illinois Wesleyan University IL
Iona College NY
Ithica College NY
J  
James Madison University VA
John Carroll University OH
Johnson State College VT
Juniata College PA
K  
Kalamazoo College MI
Knox College IL
L  
La Salle University PA
LaGrange College GA
Lake Forest College IL
Lasell College MA
Lawrence University WI
Le Moyne College NY
Lees-McRae College NC
LeMoyne-Owen College TN
Lenoir-Rhyne University NC
Lesley University MA
Lewis & Clark College OR
LIM College NY
Linfield College OR
Longwood University VA
Loyola Marymount University CA
Loyola University Maryland MD
Lyon College AR
M  
Marist College NY
Malboro College VT
Massachusetts College of Art and Design MA
Massachusetts College of LIberal Arts MA
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences MA
Massachusetts Maritime Academy MA
Master’s College CA
McDaniel College MD
Menlo College CA
Mercer University GA
Merrimack College MA
Miami University MY
Michigan State University MI
Mills College CA
Millsaps College MS
Minneapolis College of Art and Design MN
Molloy College NY
Monmouth University NJ
Monroe College NY
Montserrat College of Art MA
Morehouse College GA
Mount St. Mary’s University MD
N  
New York Institute of Technology NY
North Carolina State University NC
Northeastern University MA
Northwest Nazarene University ID
Northwest University WA
Notre Dame de Namur University CA
Notre Dame of Maryland University MD
O  
Oakwood University AL
Oglethorpe University GA
Ohio Valley University WV
Ohio Wesleyan University OH
Old Dominion University VA
Oregon State University OR
P  
Pace University NY
Palm Beach Atlantic University FL
Patrick Henry College VA
Point Loma Nazarene University CA
Pratt Institute NY
Presbyterian College SC
Princeton University NJ
Purchase College (State University of New York at Purchase) NY
R  
Radford University VA
Ramapo College of New Jersey NJ
Randolph College VA
Randolph-Macon College VA
Regis College MA
Rhodes College TN
Rider University NJ
Rocky Mountain College MT
Roger Williams University RI
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology IN
S  
Saint Anselm College NH
Saint John’s University MN
Saint Joseph’s University PA
Saint Mary’s College of California CA
Saint Michael’s College VT
Saint Peter’s University NJ
Salem State University MA
Salisbury University MD
Salve Regina University RI
Sanford College of Nursing ND
Santa Clara University CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago IL
Seattle Pacific University WA
Seattle University WA
Seton Hall University  NJ
Sewanee: University of the South TN
Shepherd University WV
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania PA
Siena College NY
Sierra Nevada College NV
Simmons College MA
Soka University of America CA
Southern Methodist University TX
Southern University at New Orleans LA
Southwestern University TX
Spelman College GA
St. John’s College MD
St. John’s College NM
St. Joseph’s College of Maine ME
Stanford University CA
State University of New York at New Paltz NY
State University of New York College at Cortland NY
State University of New York College at Oneonta NY
State University of New York Institute of Technology NY
Sterling College NY
Stonehill College MA
Suffolk University MA
Susquehanna University PA
T  
Tarleton State University TX
Taylor University IN
The King’s College NY
Thomas College ME
Transylvania University KY
Trinity University TX
Trinity Washington University DC
Tulane University LA
U  
Union University TN
United States Coast Guard Academy CT
United States Naval Academy MD
Unity College ME
University at Albany NY
University of Akron OH
University of Arkansas AR
University of Chicago IL
University of Colorado Boulder CO
University of Dallas TX
University of Dayton OH
University of Denver CO
University of Evansville IN
University of Georgia GA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IL
University of Maine ME
University of Maine at Farmington ME
University of Maine at Machias ME
University of Mary Washington VA
University of Maryland MD
University of Maryland Baltimore County MD
University of Massachusetts Amherst MA
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth MA
University of Massachusetts Lowell MA
University of Miami FL
University of Michigan MI
University of New England ME
University of New Hampshire NH
University of New Haven CT
University of North Carolina at Asheville NC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte NC
University of North Carolina at Wilmington NC
University of Notre Dame IN
University of Oregon OR
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez PR
University of Redlands CA
University of Rhode Island RI
University of San Francisco CA
University of Scranton PA
University of South Carolina SC
University of St. Thomas TX
University of Tampa FL
University of the Pacific CA
University of Tulsa OK
University of Vermont VT
University of Virginia VA
University of Virginia’s College at Wise VA
Ursinus College PA
V  
Vanguard University of Southern California CA
Villanova University PA
W  
Washington & Jefferson College PA
Washington College MD
Webber International University FL
Wells College NY
Wesleyan College GA
Western Carolina University NC
Westmont College CA
Wheaton College IL
Wheaton College MA
Wheelock College MA
Whittier College CA
Whitworth University WA
Willamette University OR
William Paterson University NJ
William Peace University NC
Wittenberg University OH
Wofford College SC
Worcester Polytechnic Institute MA
X  
Xavier University of Louisiana LA
Y  
Yale University CT

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