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When it comes to selecting an early decision college, think of the word love. You must be over the moon for the campus, beyond excited to take a seat in one of the many classrooms and when the name of the school comes to mind, a smile beams from your face.

I know, sounds odd after all, going to college is about getting an education. While this is true keep in mind that selecting an ED school means you are now contracted to attend even if other institutions, offering more financial aid, come your way. No one will send the police to your home if after applying ED and being accepted you decided to go elsewhere but if nothing else, selecting that option will make it very difficult for the next ED candidate from you HS. Why? Because now the college is left wondering if they can trust an ED applicant to honor their agreement. If you are not over the moon or beyond excited, if that smile is not forming on your face at just the thought of the school then run from the ED agreement, run to the next school on your list and see if that one or another, jars those feelings in you. Remember, only one ED application is permitted so be sure, doubly sure that the school selected is the one you want to use that single ED status for. Keep in mind that there is also ED 2 so that, if you apply ED 1 to a school and are not accepted, you can opt for the ED 2 deadline which is generally January 1. In this way, you will have a second chance at being accepted through the ED process. There is also EA - Early Action - to utilize. The EA candidate submits early and hears a response early but, IS NOT COMMITTED; these applicants make no promise that they will attend a particular school if accepted thus more and more students are going this route.

Be sure the school which you use the ED option for is all you want, has all you want, will allow you outstanding research or internship opportunities; a place you can call home for four years and really feel like it is just that, home.

Good Luck!

Janice Kirn-Sottilaro
My advice would be to be sure you have done all of your research on the school and be 150% certain about your choice because early decision is a binding agreement with the college(unless the family can prove that they cannot afford to send their child to the school). I advise students to explore as many college options as possible before making such a commitment.

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