Early Action and Early Decision (pt. III): Timeline for Applications
Timelines for Early Action and Early Decision
In this post, the third in our series on Early Action and Early Decision, we cover the timeline for applying as either EA or ED.
Steps for Applying Early Action or Early Decision
Step #1: Leave ample time for the SAT and ACT
Take the test for the first time in fall of junior year, continue through junior spring and plan your last SAT/ACT for fall of senior year.
Step #2: Ask for letters of recommendation early
By the end of junior year is best, or October 1 of senior year
Step #3: Request transcripts early
Transcripts and other necessary documents should be requested from your school by October 1.
Step #4: Get started early on your personal statement
You’ll need a couple months to brainstorm, write drafts, make revisions, get feedback and finalize your essays. Start at the beginning of summer to leave maximum wiggle room.
Step #5: Organize your application process
Make sure you’ve got a solid system for organizing deadlines, fees, and requirements. A well-designed excel spreadsheet is the perfect tool for this. (Psst, ask us! We have one!)
So there you have it. If you have questions about applying Early Action or Early Decision, please let us know.