It may sound like a Star Wars character, but it is actually an important admissions strategy.
What is ED2?
ED2 stands for Early Decision Round 2. It allows you to send in a binding application after the earliest dates have past (generally after you have heard from your standard ED schools). If you are a qualified applicant, you may have a slightly better chance of acceptance. The binding nature of an ED2 acceptance allows schools to keep their yield rate high and thus, their selectivity rate low.
What is ED2 not?
ED2 is not a panacea. If you are not a strong applicant on your own, applying ED2 will not help. It is also not a strategy to use at more than one school. It is required for you to attend if you are accepted. When schools learn that you applied to multiple ED2 schools, your acceptance will likely be revoked.
Where can I apply with it?
Note: Schools may update their policies. Always confirm with a school official.
Bryn Mawr College
Case Western Reserve University
Claremont McKenna Colleges
College of the Atlantic
College of Wooster
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Harvey Mudd College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Saint Olaf College
Sarah Lawrence College
Sewanee: The University of the South
University of Chicago
University of Miami
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Is ED2 right for me?
You should only apply ED2 if you are certain that you would attend the school upon acceptance. It is a strategic move, so it is best suited for schools you are confident you are qualified for. The three most common reasons to apply ED2 are:
You were not accepted by your ED1 school.
You were not ready in time for the ED1 deadline.
You recently decided that you are more committed to one particular institution.
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