Ten Class of 2020 Monroe graduates of various scholarly accomplishment — 5th grade, 8th grade, high school and college — were honored with plenty of pomp and circumstance as their Elena Court neighbors hosted a graduation ceremony for them.
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What greater holiday gift is there for a college bound student than to receive an acceptance letter, or a congratulatory email, from a college of choice? But in order to have a chance of getting such good news by the holidays, students typically need to submit their college applications by the early deadline of November 1 or, in some cases, November 15.
Students can apply to as many colleges early action as they like and, if accepted, they are not required to attend. This differs from an early decision application which can only be submitted to one college and binds the student to attend, if accepted.
Aside from the obvious emotional advantage of hearing back from colleges earlier, there is another key advantage to filing early applications. Colleges are well aware that many students apply to eight or more colleges. It’s somewhat of a guessing game for college admissions officers to try to figure out which students, if accepted, would actually attend. So many colleges, including some of the most competitive institutions, accept a substantially higher percentage of their early decision candidates knowing they will definitely enroll. To a lesser extent, colleges also tend to favor early action students who have demonstrated a strong interest in their school.
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According to admissions data for students who entered college last fall, many colleges popular with New Jersey students reported a much higher early action acceptance rate than overall acceptance rate.
Drexel University reported a 92% early action acceptance rate to a 65% overall acceptance rate. Ohio State University cited a ratio of 64% to 35%, Notre Dame’s ratio is 26% to 12%, St. Joseph’s University is 88% to 57%, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 64% to 22%.
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As for early decision applicants, who are ready to commit to one particular college, there are many top institutions that greatly increase the odds of acceptance. The percentages of students accepted early decision, in comparison to regular decision, at some popular schools are: Lehigh University 66% to 29%, College of the Holy Cross 83% to 31%, Bucknell University 64% to 32%, American University 85% to 33%, New York University (NYU) 28% to 14%, Northeastern University 37% to 18%, George Washington University 71% to 39%, and The College of New Jersey 65% to 48%.
College applications are one category where procrastination does not pay off!
Susan Alaimo is the founder and director of SAT Smart. For the past 25 years, SAT Smart’s Ivy League educated instructors have prepared students for the PSAT/SAT/ACT exams with preparation courses and private tutoring throughout Central Jersey. SAT Smart also offers private tutoring for subject tests, AP courses, and all high school subjects. Visit www.SATsmart.com, or call 908-369-5362.
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