Better Early than Regular?

November 14, 2015

[Promo at the end of the post]

September to December are very stressful months for high school seniors who are applying to U.S. universities. They have to deal with the hardest school work they have ever had to learn, time-consuming standardized tests such as the ACT or the SAT, and a crazy number of university applications questions that demand “perfect” answers. To add to the stress, students must also decide whether they want to apply for early decision, early action, or regular decision. Here’s what you need to know before making a decision that is best for you.

Early Decision is Binding! This means if the school decides to extend you an offer, you MUST take it unless your financial situation absolutely prevents you from doing so! This also means that you may only apply to ONE school through the early decision process. You don’t get to wait to see if other schools would also make you an offer, and don’t get to pick a school based on the financial packages offered. If you’re not absolutely certain that this school is your number one choice, you probably shouldn’t apply to it through early decision. It is also worth noting that, even though a higher percentage of early decision applicants receive admission offers, it is much more competitive than the two other processes. Furthermore, if you’re unlucky, the school may reject you outright and not even consider you for regular decision. Choose this option if you’re absolutely sure about your choice of school and are 100% confident in your portfolio.

What is Early Action? Early action is not offered by all schools. It is not binding like early decision, but still lets you know a little earlier than regular decision if you’ve been accepted to the school. Some schools do not allow its early action applicants to apply to other schools through early action, so you may still need to pick a favorite when applying through this process. Also, even though most schools will choose to defer early action applicants if they do not make the cut at this stage of selection, there is a small chance that you may be rejected outright. Choose this option if you have a strong portfolio and a favorite school (or schools, if there are no restrictions) that you aren’t 100% committed to.

Regular Decision. This is the easiest to understand. There are no special restrictions or perks except for the fact that its deadline is the latest out of the three processes. Choose this option if you aren’t sure about your choices in schools or your portfolio.

This Month’s Promo: For the month of November, our center will be offering FREE* trial classes to new students who need help with their university applications. Come and experience for yourself how we can help you to craft the PERFECT application! Space is limited, so call or e-mail to reserve your spot today!

C2 Education Vancouver West Center
Phone: 604-269-3751    E-mail:

*Limited to ONE 1-hour and 50 minutes session per new student. Scheduling is at the discretion of C2 staff.

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