US Admission: What is Early Action?
Updated on Jan 6, 2015 - 5:32 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das #United States of America
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So, you have done your research on US admission and have decided on the university you want to go to? The issue might be, however, that the Fall/spring regular application season has not started and you are afraid that could bring in more competition.

That should not deter you from aiming for your dream institution as many colleges follow a system of early action, whereby an aspirant can apply before the regular admission season starts.

But, what is early action? Does it have any benefit? Which colleges offer early action?

Early action is a type of early admission plan which is non-binding and allows the student to apply to other institutes other than the one applied for under Early admission plan. Early action requires students to submit an application before the regular admissions process and students are notified about their admission beforehand.

Below are the main features of Early Action.

  1. You can apply to more than one early action college.
  2. You can accept an offer for admission early or wait until spring to decide.
  3. You can also decline the offer.

But, what makes early action popular among students and universities? Early action, definitely, has an edge over regular admission. Let us discuss the benefits of Early Action plan:

  1. Applicants can save time and expenses of submitting multiple applications.
  2. Once accepted, applicants can gain more time to look for housing and prepare for college.
  3. At many colleges, the acceptance rates are higher for early action than for regular admission.
  4. Early action is not binding - students are free to apply to other colleges.
  5. Even if accepted early, a student can choose to go to a different college with no penalty.

Below is the list of the top 20 universities in USA; adjacent column shows whether they accept Early action or not.

UniversityEarly action
Harvard University right-image
Caltech right-image
MIT Only for US citizens
UC Berkeley wrong-images
Columbia University wrong-images
Johns Hopkins University wrong-images
University of Pennsylvania wrong-images
Duke University (DU) wrong-images
University of Chicago right-image
Yale University wrong-images
University of Michigan right-image
Northwestern University wrong-images
Carnegie Mellon University right-image
New York University (NYU) wrong-images
University of Washington wrong-images
Brown University wrong-images
University of Wisconsin-Madison wrong-images
Purdue University right-image
University of Florida wrong-images
University of Michigan right-image

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How to get admission in university to do phd (computer science).How to approach university.Can i do Phd after completion of msc?

Ina 6th Feb, 2020


Hope you're doing well.

Yes, you can do PhD after completion of M.Sc, Even you can do Integrated PhD while perusing your M.Sc. For PhD, you must need to complete your masters in the same area of specialization.

Most Universities/Colleges offer admission based on the score of CET (like UGC NET) or conduct their own entrance test (like JNU) for admission into Ph.D. courses hence students would have to make an application for such exams.

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Thank you.

All the best for your bright future.


Top Hospitals in the USA which will pay higher for Neurosurgeons and their Salaries?

Sanjay Khandelwal 25th Jan, 2020
It is difficult to name which hospital pays more salary to neurosurgeon in USA, it will depend upon which city you are getting recuited or where you are living. Salary will depend upon the hospital, whether they are big well known hospitals or small in size. It will depend on many factors. So if you can tell me the city i can answer further.

Top cities in the USA where Neurosurgeons are paid higher?

prerna vats 25th Jan, 2020

Hello dear student !

Salary of neurosurgeons is quite good worldwide, especially in USA . In USA  also, the salary differ as per the cities and is different in different cities. The top cities in USA , as per the data, where neurosurgeons paid highest are :

San Jose , California

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