Should you apply early decision?
Today, I’m revisiting the early decision issue, in part, because I wanted to share a resource that may help students make the correct choice.
A Great Early Decision Tool
Before applying early decision to a school, it’s a good idea to see how much of an edge, if any, applying to a school early decision would make. A great way to obtain this statistic is to look at a school’s Common Data Set. At the end of this college blog post, I provide links to the three posts that I wrote on the Common Data Set for those who don’t know what this valuable document is.
Once you obtain a school’s Common Data Set, you can find out the success rate of early decision applicants by looking in Section C. First-Time, First Year Admission of any Common Data Set. Right under the heading, Early Decision and Early Action Plans, you learn the number of applicants who applied early decision and the number who were admitted. Specifically, check Section C21.
When I examined The College of New Jersey’s early decision data, I found that 450 students applied early decision and the college accepted 258 of those applicants. That’s a success rate of 57.3%. That’s significantly better than the 46% overall acceptance rate that I pulled from the College of New Jersey’s profile on CollegeBoard.com.
The 57.3% rate is also much better than the success rate for women applicants at this public liberal arts college. In Section C., you can also get the gender acceptance rates of any college or university. In The College of New Jersey’s most recently posted Common Data Set, 2,696 women applied and 1,273 were accepted. That’s an acceptance rate of 47.2%. The acceptance rate for men was 44.7%.
Just because early-decision applicants enjoy an edge doesn’t mean the psychologist’s daughter should select this route. Tomorrow I’ll share details about her situation. In the meantime, here are my recent Common Data Set posts: