Early Decision (ED) vs Early Action (EA) vs Regular Decision (RD)
The United States is a vibrant country for any undergraduate aspirant for studying abroad. The sheer variety of courses and the possibility of combining world-class faculty with a dynamic college experience is the draw for many. As students get into the process of applying abroad there are various processes from working on your educational profile, boosting their credentials by taking up online courses, and finalising your core interests.
For undergraduate applications, students use the Common App, an application that helps them apply to multiple institutions from the same portal. As you fill your applications and submit your written work from essays to statement of purpose. While applying for these courses, there are a few terms such as Early Decision (ED), Early Action (EA), and Regular Decision (RD) which will crop up. It is important to understand the differences in these terms. Let us explore how in these two cases students dealt with these concepts while going through their admission process.
Ayush, a Class 12 student, who wants to pursue the course Bachelor of Computer Engineering. He has scored well in his 10th and 11th Grades and has done online courses in coding, and computing languages. He is sure that he wants to pursue his education at XYZ University, and is ambivalent about other options. This is when a counsellor might broach the idea of Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA). This is a very crucial step that will only be suggested to students who have their only one dream university in mind. This means that Ayush’s application deadlines, his timing of admission notification and acceptance notification will be much earlier. It is always recommended that a student decided this course of activity always towards only one university, because if Ayush takes his counsellors suggestion and will only follow this because there are some restrictions in this method. There is a strong sense of commitment because the students must apply when the colleges give their acceptance letter. This will be done much quicker in comparison to other college admission
process, and they cannot change their mind in this method. It is often believed that students who choose this option lose out on funding opportunities but nowadays colleges do ensure that students who apply through early decision do receive scholarship options and funding opportunities.
Reena wants to study for a Bachelor of Science with a focus on Bio-Chemistry. She is not sure about which colleges or universities she wants to target. In this case, based on her scores and her profile the counsellor will suggest colleges for her, and she will suggest Regular Decision (RD). In this case, Reena will apply as her usual, she will not receive any offers for earlier enrolment, and she can proceed as per usual with no change with her admission process. She can decide on her dream college based on the scholarship options, living expenses, and other opportunities. Most students usually choose this way over the ED, because it gives them options. These options are suggested by your counsellor on a case by case basis.
Thus, we can understand that in every case, they are many methods that can work for a student. In every case, an educational counsellor will be with you to suggest the best way to go about study abroad journey. If you are completely certain of your dream college, Early Decision and Early Action give you an edge over other applicants, and help you apply in an uncomplicated manner. But if you are still debating about your current options Regular Decision is the one for you.
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