Early Decision: FAQs

For those of you who applied Early Decision, the time is almost here to find out your decision!  I imagine that this time is pretty stressful as you are waiting to see if you will be representing the Class of 2015 in August/ September 2011.

To ease your mind a bit (and provide some helpful information), I thought I would provide you with some helpful tips and insight into the Early Decision deadline.  Thus for those of you who have applied, you can find out what the different options are for a decision, and for those of you who may apply next year (I am talking to the juniors/ Year 12/etc out there!), you will have some helpful insight.  Thus I present my Early Decision frequently asked questions post:

What does it mean to apply Early Decision?

Applying Early Decision to ANY university essentially means that the university is your #1 choice for university.  It is the university that you would like to attend and if admitted, you will definitely be enrolling at the university.   Early Decision does require some careful thinking as well as planning on the student’s part however.  Many schools require Early Decision applications earlier (Elon’s deadline is November 1) which means working on your essays, having recommendations completed, and making sure you have completed a test (SAT/ACT/TOEFL) in plenty of time.  Universities vary with their Early Decision requirements as well.  While most universities have Early Decision as the “binding” agreement, there are universities out there that have Early Decision II that is non-binding.  Moral of the story – if you are thinking of Early Decision, be sure to do your research!

I applied Early Decision to Elon University – when will I find out my decision?

Good question to ask!  And you are in luck – you literally find out your decision TOMORROW DECEMBER 1. Students can log onto their Elon OnTrack accounts beginning at 12:01 a.m. on December 1.  But remember…that date and time is Eastern Standard Time!  Thus if you are living in London or Istanbul or Shanghai, it will not be available until the appropriate time later on December 1.  Each student will also receive a hard copy of their decision via post as well.  These mailed decisions will not go out until tomorrow however.  For those residing outside of the country, we typically send this information via DHL – so keep an eye out for the yellow and red truck!

What are the possible decisions/outcomes for my Early Decision application?

While the obvious answer is “ACCEPTED” and “DECLINED”, we also have another decision – “DEFERRED”.  To learn more about each of these different deadlines (and most importantly, what they mean!), I would encourage you to visit my a post from last year.

Hopefully this provide some insight into tomorrow for those who applied and  for the future for those who might apply in the future.  Most importantly, if you do have questions about Early Decision at Elon – do not hesitate to contact me!


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