Early Decision

Monday, October 07, 2013

With the early decision college application deadline approaching, Jacques Steinberg, author of The Gatekeepers (Penguin Books, 2003), and VP of, offers advice for getting that acceptance letter.


Jacques Steinberg

Comments [7]

katie from Westchester

All I heard during my oldest child's senior year in high school is "where are you applying early decision" as though it had to be done, otherwise you'll likely not get into a top school. My daughter did apply early decision to a top ivy league school and was deferred, and went on to get into Cornell, Cal Berkeley, Rice and Davidson, just to name a few. The only school she didn't get into was her early decision school! Just saying, if you're a good student, you will get in regular decision to one of your top choices, so relax!

Oct. 07 2013 12:02 PM
Sean Moore from Irvington NY

Is there no possibility that Financial Aid will be affected by Early Decision (eg merit-based scholarships?)

Oct. 07 2013 11:59 AM
Bob from Pelham, NY

@ Ed from NJ: Worse than baseball bats -- almost all the colleges have agreed not to admit any student who changes his/her mind. So unless you change to a 4th tier school, you are screwed. Basically an economic cartel, like OPEC.

Oct. 07 2013 11:57 AM
Bob from Pelham, NY

Please ask the guest how the colleges get away with the one-way early decision binding commitment (i.e., if the student changes his/her mind, no other college will offer admission) -- appears to be a clear antitrust violation.

Oct. 07 2013 11:52 AM
Leo from Central NJ

If early decision is legally binding does that mean you are stuck with whatever financial aid they offer? Doesn't this mean they are likely to offer less because they can sue you if you don't accept their financial aid offer?

I tend to think this means there will be less aid offered to early decision applicants. Right or wrong?

Oct. 07 2013 11:51 AM
Susan from Westchester County NY

My daughter's SAT scores are: Reading 750, Math 570, Writing 690. She is in the top 5% of her class and has a weighted average of 97.
She will be taking the SATs again in November.
She wants to apply to Cornell CALS (We know her chances of getting in are miniscule, at best.) Is it better to apply early decision with the scores she has or wait for her scores on the November test and apply regular decsion?
Or does it make no difference as she has zero chance of getting in anyway.

Oct. 07 2013 11:49 AM
Edward from NJ

What makes it binding? Do they send guys to your house with baseball bats?

Oct. 07 2013 11:49 AM

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