Early Decision 2

From http://www.examiner.com/article/colleges-with-early-decision-2-what-does-it-mean-and-how-will-it-affect-you

Colleges with early decision 2: What does it mean and how will it affect you?

December 17, 20127:33 PM MST

Here’s how it works:

1) Most schools invite students to submit either the Regular Decision application or the Early Decision 2 application on the same day.

2) Many savvy applicants most likely applied to schools Early Decision 1 and those who received a rejection use the second round as a back-up.

3) In order the push the odds in their favor, students rejected during first round Early Decision at one school will apply Early Decision 2 at their second choice college. On the other hand, some students simply missed deadlines for Early Decision 1 or had no desire to participate. This group in its entirety now competes for the spots remaning at colleges.

4) Whether the Regular Decision and Early Decision 2 applications share the same deadline or spread about a week apart, the admissions staff tackles the Early Decision 2 pile first. Their goal: accept as many qualified applicants as possible because the EARLY DECISION 2 STUDENTS COMMIT TO ATTENDING THE COLLEGE. This greatly impacts their yields. The more « sure thing » students that colleges can admit the better.

5) With an unknown number of available spots in the class (most likely the number of spaces equal the number of over-qualified candidates who applied to the school as a back-up or safety), the admissions staff then turns to the Regular Decision stack of applications. Strategically speaking, it’s safe to assert that most students do not want to lumped into this large group contending for even fewer spots than what was available to them before the college admissions process even started.

Know the Facts

Ultimately each student must make the decisions that best serve his/her needs. No on should feel pressure to commit to a college simply so that they can gain admission. After all, whenever a students attends a college for which they have no interest it inevitably leads to disaster. However, know the facts and how the process works when making decisions over the next few weeks. It could change the course of a student’s college path.


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