What is the Early Action Process?
Early Action (EA) has an application deadline of October 15. It is non-binding, which means that students offered EA admission have the same commitment deadline of May 1 as students admitted in the Regular Decision process.
For Early Action applicants, the admissions office considers only three aspects of each student’s application:
- grades through the end of junior year,
- the rigor of a student’s curriculum relative to the curriculum offered at his/her high school,
- and, results of either the SAT or ACT.
So why apply Early Action? This option allows students an expedited process to learn of a decision sooner, typically prior to December 1. EA is an appropriate option for students who present competitive credentials in the three areas provided above.
There are three possible decisions released for EA applicants: an offer of admission, a deferral of decision, and a denial of admission. Generally, between 65-70% of EA applicants are offered admission in EA, between 25-30% receive a deferral to Regular Decision, and about 7% are denied admission. Keep in mind that the academic credentials of denied EA applicants are sufficiently low enough that an offer of admission would not be possible in Regular Decision even with the holistic review afforded in the second round.
We recommend that deferred students submit updated mid-senior year grades and any new SAT or ACT results that were not submitted previously.