Making the Most of Early Admission

on February 1, 2017

If you’ve been accepted to a college early, you have some big decisions ahead of you. Here’s a look at what to do in the coming months. 


You Have Early Admission. Now What?


The biggest question for students that are admitted early is whether to wait or immediately accept their offer. Thankfully, receiving early admission isn’t final — unlike early decision plans, which are binding. With early admission, you have the choice to wait and weigh your options before selecting a winner. 


Waiting, even if you’ve received entry to your first-choice college, is beneficial. Unless you have done extensive research, visited campus and spoken with current students, then waiting can be prudent.


Things to Consider


You could receive more attractive financial aid packages or scholarships from colleges that accept you later in the year. It’s also worth scheduling on-campus visits at some of your other choices — you may realize that another school is even more attractive.


Many schools extend the opportunity to meet faculty or current students to gain a deeper insight into the campus culture. There are a lot of factors to consider, and even though your early school might seem like your best option, taking the time to ensure it's your perfect match will be worth every effort.


Rankings and statistics aren’t the only indicators that a school is right for you. 


Make a List, Check It Twice


It can be helpful to make a list of your priorities over the next four years. For example, if you care most about landing your dream job, then you should narrow your list of schools to the ones with the highest employment rate upon graduation or the best alumni networks.


Creating and ranking your college priorities helps you make the decision that’s best, whether it’s accepting your early school’s offer or waiting and weighing your other options. It is better to be safe than sorry, so don't be too quick to say yes.

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