In recent years, high-profile schools have made headlines by dropping the early decision option from their admissions deadlines. Why are schools like Harvard, Princeton and the University of Virginia abandoning these policies and what does this mean for you?Early decision is binding – a student must agree to attend that school if accepted and may not apply early to more than one school. Early action isn’t binding and students can still wait until the spring to accept offers.In some cases, applying through early decision gives applicants an advantage that is the equivalent of adding 100 points to their SAT score, according to The Early Admissions Game, by Christopher Avery. Students can be up to 34.8 percent more likely to get accepted during early decision admission than during regular admission, according to the author’s findings.
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