Early Action

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What is an Early Action College Admission?

  • Some colleges and universities offer early action programs to high school seniors applying to college.
  • Early Action is a type of admission process which allows students to submit their college application before November 1 of their senior year in high school instead of January 1.
  • Students will receive a decision about acceptance between mid-December to early-January compared to April 1.


What Are the Benefits of Applying Early Action?

  • You can apply to your first-choice college to see whether or not you are accepted but you are NOT obligated to attend if you are accepted.
  • Applying early action looks favorable to the college you are applying.


Two Different Types of Early Action Programs.

1. Restrictive Early Action or Single Choice Early Action-Allows students to apply to only one college or university for early action.

2. Non-Restrictive Early Action-Allows students to apply early to multiple schools in the fall of senior year so final decision can be made by late-spring.


What is the Difference Between Early Action and Early Decision?

In both types of Early Action programs, you are NOT obligated to attend if you are accepted. This is the major difference between Early Action and Early Decision.

In Early Decision Admissions, you have a binding contract and MUST attend that school. To learn more about Early Decision.

Which Colleges and Universities Allow Students to Apply Early Action?

To find out which schools allow students to apply early action, visit to find participating colleges and universities by state.