Posted by: abaybay123 | November 13, 2007

College Early Admissions Myths

With the month of November coming to an end, many high school seniors are beginning to receive acceptance letters from their desired colleges that they applied early to.  According to an author who blogged a post on “College Confidential Talk,” there are many myths generated that question this early application process.  The writer focuses on four main points that he/she believes are completely false:

1. Early admissions puts pressure on the kids to make decisions early

2. All early admissions processes are bad, since they don’t let you take advantage of financial aid

3. Only the rich can know about early admissions, so it is not fair to have any early programs

4. Those who get in early will not work hard the rest of their senior year

http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/416761-i-am-so-tired-these-myths-about-early-admission.html

I have mixed feelings about some of these myths.  I think it all really depends on the individual student as to whether or not they apply early.  Early decision is perfect for people who know exactly where they want to attend college and want to know that their spot is guarenteed.  However, a student who wants to apply early but is deciding between a few schools, might want to consider early action.  This is pretty much is the same except it is a non-binding decision.  And then of course there is always the option to apply regularly.  As a high school student, I was one of those kids who chose to apply early action.  I was very anxious to find out what my chances were at my desired colleges, but at the same time, I wasn’t exactly confident in one particular school.

 To touch upon the myths:

1. I really don’t think early decision exerts pressure on the student, because as said before, there is a variety of different deadlines to apply by.

2. I don’t feel as if someone can actually say “all early admissions processes are bad” because it really depends on the type of person you are.  However, I do see how early decission does not allow you to take full advantage of the financial aid assistance.  You could be accepted to your top school early decision, but then you could recieve a full scholorship to your second choice.  With early decision, the scholorship to school number 2 can pretty much be thrown out the window because you are already committed to school number 1.

3. This myth is just completely unjust.  I don’t see how early admissions information can only be available to the rich.  The only way this could be true is if the student did not have access to a computer because all college websites provide you with everything you need to know about the application process.

4. I feel as if this is not so much a myth.  Coming from a student who was just in this situation last year, I know a ton of students who wanted to be admitted early so that they could slack off the rest of the year. 

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