College admissions officers are changing Fall 2021 early admissions opportunities, both Early Action and Early Decision.
- Early Action is defined as applying typically in November to receive an admissions decision in mid-Winter, without having to commit to enrollment until May of the following spring.
- Early Decision means applying early to receive a mid-winter admissions decision and an acceptance is a binding agreement, where students must withdraw all other university applications and are obligated to enroll in the college.
In the following table, is a list of universities which changed their Fall 2021 early admissions policies and updated application deadlines:
KEY: EA = Early Action | EA2 = Early Action 2 | ED = Early Decision | ED2 = Early Decision 2
College admissions officers often institute two Early Action or Early Decision deadlines to capture as many applicants as possible, knowing that applicants choose to commit to colleges at different times during the application process.
One admissions officer explained Early Decision 2 (ED2) as designed for students who want to commit to their school, yet may have been denied admissions at their first ED school or took additional time to consider their commitment to a university so apply ED at a later date.
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