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There is a study out, mostly based on interviews as far as I can tell, suggesting that many students who lock themselves into early decision applications, later regret their decision. They wish they had more choices.

I am wondering if this is a common feeling, since most of the early decision students I have interviewed years later were fine with the program. What is your experience and thought on this?

-- Jay Mathews

mct210: Our daughter is in her first year. She was early decision. Most of her friends were not. All or most of them have regretted their choice from time to time. More first semester than later.

I'd be interested in reading the study to which Jay refers. The guess here is that, by second semester, the regrets are nearly equal among those who chose early and those who chose later.

MzFitz: I applied to one school by way of an early decision application in 1995, was accepted, and have no regrets. I had plenty of time to do research throughout high school, and appreciated not spending a lot of time and money applying to several schools. Had I not been accepted early, I would have re-applied and spent my spring applying to the list of schools that I had created the prior summer. I was glad that I was able to focus my attention that spring on finishing up college level coursework and saving money for school.

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