Early Action (Non-Binding)

Early admission programs that do not ask applicants to commit to attending if they are accepted are generally known as Early Action (EA) programs. In our view, these are a better alternative for most applicants. They give students the benefits of early notification without the obligations of early decision. Even if accepted, students are free to apply to other schools and to compare financial aid offers. Single Choice Early Action (SCEA) programs specifically require students not to make EA applications to other schools, although they are free to apply elsewhere under the regular admission round. In recent years, several of the country’s most selective universities (including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford) have adopted non-binding early admissions programs.