Seniors take early action route

November is the crucial point in the year concerning college applications. Many scholarships and universities, including UC schools, have deadlines in November. For most post-secondary options, November is the time to apply for scholarships, complete applications, take the SAT and ACT, and begin to make final decisions.

A few select schools offer Early Decision and Early Action programs. These schools set deadlines in November and notify students of admittance status in December. Applications, essays, recommendations, transcripts, and sometimes interviews are all a part of the ED/EA program options.

Seniors Charlene Hinton and Victoria Cana opted to apply through different universities’ early decision and early action programs, hoping to learn of acceptance or rejection before January.

Hinton is applying to Syracuse University in New York as a part of their Restrictive Early Decision Program. As a participant in the binding ED Program, Hinton can only apply to Syracuse and is enrolled at the time of acceptance unless finances pose a problem to her enrollment.

“I applied early decision to Syracuse University because I was sure that is where I want to study. I want it so much that just in case I don’t get in during the first round, I can still apply regular decision second round,” explains Hinton.

Cana applied to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. as a participant in GU’s Non-Restrictive Early Action Program. This program allows her to apply to multiple schools with no binding enrollment contract. It allows Cana the opportunity to accept enrollment if offered, before many students even apply.

“It increases your chance of getting accepted into that school in most cases. It’s the number one way to show that school that they’re your number one choice,” states Cana.

Both early action and early decision programs allow students the opportunity to apply to a school they truly desire and be notified earlier than most other applications are due. Also, these programs are extremely cost effective, as you only need to apply for one school.

“Now that the deadline is over, I’m able to breathe a bit better. I am now waiting for the decision that will make or break my future,” worries Hinton.

Both Hinton and Cana, having completed their school’s required application and interviews, will be notified soon of their acceptance or deferral from Syracuse and Georgetown, respectively.