Colleges start revealing early admissions decisions
High school seniors around the nation who applied to early-decision programs at colleges and universities are starting to learn their fate ahead of the traditional Dec. 15 “reveal” date.
Anxious high school seniors who applied to schools such as Boston University and Washington University in St. Louis now know whether their college hunt is over or whether they have to move on to Plan B, which, in many cases, is a frantic rush to fill out more applications before the Jan. 1 deadline.
Many kids are glued to their e-mail accounts to check for "the letter." By Saturday morning, Facebook already had a Boston University Class of 2015 with 153 members.
Early-decision programs allow students to learn their fate in December rather than the usual March/April dates, but once an applicant accepts such an offer, he or she is bound by it. Early-action programs are similar except that they are not binding.
A number of schools reported a big rise in early-admissions applications this year. Many of those who apply early do so because they believe it offers them a better statistical chance of getting accepted.
Northwestern University saw a 26 percent increase in early-admissions applications this year. The jump was 38 percent at the University of Richmond and nearly 20 percent at George Washington University.
Early-decision programs have been criticized as favoring families with resources. Once a student is bound to a school, he or she can’t accept financial aid offers from other schools. The kids with the means to submit their applications early also generally attend high schools and have parents who make sure that they have already visited colleges, taken their admissions tests, obtained recommendations and written solid essays.
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| December 11, 2010; 11:49 AM ET
Categories: College Admissions | Tags: college admissions, early admissions, early decision
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