Early Action Applications (EA)

What is early action?

Early action is a type of admissions process offered by some educational institutions for admission decisions well in advance of the regular response rate.

Early action requires students to submit their undergraduate applications by mid-October/ early November in their senior year of high school instead of the typical application deadline of December 1 or January 15.

Early action applicants are notified of the school’s decision by early January or February instead of mid-March or May 1.

There are two types of early action:

  1. Restrictive early action, also known as single-choice early action - This type of early action only allows students to apply to one EA institution and restricts early decision applications.
  2. Non-restrictive early action - This type of early action does not have any limits or restrictions on the application process.

Unlike early decision applications, early action is not a binding commitment to enroll, and candidates can decline a school’s offer if accepted.

What are the benefits of early action applications?

Benefits to early action applications include:

  • Early action applications let schools know that you’re serious about attending their institution.
  • Early action applicants cut time and reduce stress from the application process by receiving college decisions early.
  • Early action applications save college applicants money on multiple application fees.
  • Early action applicants gain more time to compare financial aid offers, prepare for college, or reassess their overall higher education options.

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