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Early decision/ early action
« on: September 06, 2003, 03:49:25 PM »
What's the deal with applying to schools with an early action, the one which they say is "binding" and you have to pull your other apps?  How are you "bound" to accept an offer of admission?  And why can't one just apply with that option to all their choices and then pick one?

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Re: Early decision/ early action
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2003, 06:09:27 PM »
Early action is "binding" because they know (usually) that your application is particularly promising (in oprder to recieve a decision earlier than anyone else) and knowing that this is your nuimber one choice, you must let them know "in writing" that you are matriculating with them and them alone. You are specifically bound, becasue if you end up being accepted when applying early action, and you decide to matriculate elsewhere it would be in bad faith becasue of your written promise. I don't think there is a specific penalty, but it doesn't look good to other schools based on what I have noticed (this cuts out their competition this way). If you were able to do early action for many schools and then pick then there would be no difference between regular and early action (except the wait). This offering by certain schools allows you to not have undue stress during the usual waiting period (4-6 weeks to anywhere up to 4 months or more!) plus rewarding you for performing exemplary, and knowing EXACTLY which school you wish to attend.  Hope this helps with your question. Otherwise let me know so that I can further clarify your question. I aplogize for the novel, and if this seems a bit confusing.  :)
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Re: Early decision/ early action
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2003, 04:30:29 PM »
Hi,
I plan on applying early action to a couple of schools. There are all "non-binding" so I don't see why I can't apply to more than one. I have called the admissions offices and should I be accepted, I have no obligation what-so-ever to attend their school. My thought is that if you are ready to apply now, why wait....? At least that is my reasoning. Thanks.


Beware: some schools have a "binding" early action, I think Georgetown is that way, in that instance you would be obligated to attend

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Re: Early decision/ early action
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2003, 06:27:01 PM »
Yes the binding ones are the ones I am worried about.  ;)
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Re: Early decision/ early action
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2003, 08:49:05 PM »
That is what I figured.

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Re: Early decision/ early action
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2003, 10:14:38 PM »
yeah thats what i meant......if you applly to more than one school through a binding early decision program how would they know?  are you legally bound to attend?  just something im curious about, im applying early to al my schools but for some i was debating whether i should do the binding one or not

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Re: Early decision/ early action
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2003, 11:37:27 PM »
Personally, I would wait to apply on the binding one.

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Re: Early decision/ early action
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2003, 11:50:06 PM »
Yeah I would do the binding one as well, the more competetive schools have the "binding" contract so that they can snag you away from other competitive schools. Not all competitive schools are this way however.  I think that it would look better to apply to the "binding" one especially if it is the only one that is that way, just my opinion. Go for the binding one, but the other poster has a point, you probably wait and apply later on when you have already applied to the ones non-binding so that you're left with a broader selection.  Don't wait too long especially if the binding school is your first choice, then just apply last but quickly. Remember if they're binding they should fill up quicker becasue others are required to matriculate and this noted immediately after they are accepted (so less spots will be left to fill is what I gather) Good Luck either way you decide.  ;D
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Re: Early decision/ early action
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2003, 11:51:23 PM »
As for the legality question I ponder that one myself  :) ;)
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