Admit it, when applying to selective and highly selective colleges, utilizing the early admission option can be an effective strategy since admission rates for early applicants are higher. Schools benefit from these policies since they are predictors in crafting a freshmen class. College admission offices across the country have similar mission: increase the applicant pool; improve the yield; and identify students that will return after their freshmen year and graduate within six years. Early admission policies assist in fulfilling these goals.
While working with students this fall, noticeable changes to many of the early admission policies emerged: application dates are sooner; policies are becoming more specific; and technology is holding bigger stakes in the application process. Not knowing these changes could jeopardize your applications. Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to detail some of the changes to early admission and early decision policies that could affect your college applications.
Earlier Dates. Many colleges and universities have earlier deadlines for their early action and early decision applicants. The College of Wooster, Guilford College and Hendrix College have moved their early action deadlines to a much sooner date of November 15, 2011. Marlborough College and Wake Forest University have moved early decision deadlines to November 15, 2011. These earlier deadlines provide admission offices with more time to review applications while allowing less time for seniors to prepare for admission.
Earlier Action. Furman University, Havard College, Princeton University and the University of Virginia have new single-choice early action options with deadlines falling in early November. These non-binding early applications demonstrate intent to enroll and notify applicants earlier in the admission process. Equally, this policy allows admissions offices to control the flow of application materials.
Earlier Adapters. Technology continues to influence admissions offices. The Common Application and the Universal College Application are now being exclusively used by many schools. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is now using the Common Application and American University is now an exclusive user. In addition, admissions offices are reducing extra support staff and transitioning to on-line readers.
Although each admission cycle comes with changes, these revisions and modification to early admission policies will affect students applying to college. Knowing these policies, their deadlines and crafting a strong application based on your personal strengths and passions is a strategy that will assist you in the college admission process.
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Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.