Experienced College Counselors Offer Advice on Whether To Apply Early To Colleges

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Montgomery Educational Consulting, a college admissions consulting firm with offices in Colorado and New Jersey, offers up-to-date advice regarding early application deadlines.

As October draws to a close, high school seniors across the country are feeling the stress of early application deadlines. Montgomery Educational Consulting offers explanations and descriptions of different early admissions programs as a way to alleviate the stress of the application process.

Andrea Aronson, a Senior Associate with the firm, recently took the time to explain these early application programs on the company website. As she describes, most early deadlines are November 1 or 15, and students who apply early usually receive admissions decisions in December, rather than having to wait until spring. But with all of the different types of early application programs out there, it can be difficult for students and parents to decide not only whether to apply early at all, but also what type of early deadline is best for them.

Mark Montgomery, president of Montgomery Educational Consulting, said, “There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding whether to apply to a college early. Students and parents should do their research and discuss their options thoroughly before making a decision.”

Many students and parents wonder if applying early will increase students’ chances of admission. While it’s true that a number of colleges accept a greater percentage of students from early deadlines, the applicant pool tends to be stronger than it is for regular decision. Therefore, students shouldn’t apply early unless they are at the top of or above the middle 50% test score range for accepted students.

The issue of financial aid often comes into play as well, especially if a student is considering applying early decision, which requires a binding commitment. In other words, if students are accepted to a college under early decision, they must attend that school. If students need financial aid and want to be able to compare financial aid offers, they should not apply early decision.

“Many families have asked me whether applying early is a better strategy than applying at regular decision,” Mark Montgomery explained. “The truth is, it depends on the student and family’s individual situation.” To explain how Early Decision deadlines work, Dr. Montgomery often uses the analogy of shopping for some prized possession: the price you pay sometimes depends on how much you covet the object.

The college admissions process is full of strategic gamesmanship and technical intricacies. With these tips on navigating early deadlines, the college counselors at Montgomery Educational Consulting attempt to demystify that process and provide families a measure of sanity when they need it most.

Montgomery Educational Consulting provides expert advice on college selection and admission to families. From offices in Colorado and New Jersey, this team of consultants offers comprehensive, personalized educational counseling services to students locally, around the country, and around the world. We guide our students every step of the way as they navigate the university search and application process. Then we help them get admitted to the school that is right for them. For more information about Montgomery Educational Consulting, call 720.279.7577, email info(at)greatcollegeadvice(dot)com, or visit http://greatcollegeadvice.com.

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