Early Decision vs. Early Action vs. Regular Decision
1. Early Decision - the application process made by a student to an institution, that if admitted by Dec. 15th, the student will enroll. You will see a financial aid package at this time. A non-refundable deposit is usually due in January. This plan is only for students who know exactly
where they want to attend if admitted.
2. Early Action - the application process that permits a student to apply to an institution of preference and receive a decision in advance of normal responses. The candidate is not committed to enroll at that particular institution. They are not bound to a commitment as in early decision. Students have until May 1 to decide. Early action-single choice.
3. Regular Decision - the application process in which an institution reviews applications prior to notifying the majority of its candidates (April 1). Students may apply to other colleges and have until May 1 to accept or decline.
4. Rolling Admission - the application process in which an institution reviews applications as they are received and offers decision to students as applications are reviewed. Students may apply to other colleges. (99% of colleges)
5. Wait List - an institution does not initially offer or deny admission, but extends to a candidate the possibility of admission in the future. Notify students of status as soon as after May 1 as possible.