US admission: What is Early Decision?
Updated on Jan 6, 2015 - 5:31 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das #United States of America
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The biggest advantage of the US admission system is that it allows flexibility to applicants from all backgrounds. There are many who first apply to institutes and then decide which institute they want to join.

However, there are some aspirants who decide in advance which institute they wish to join and plan their application keeping the university in mind. So, what do you do if you fall in the latter category? If you are sure of joining the university and have all the necessary credentials and finances for the university, then early decision is the best option for you.

But, what is Early Decision? Does it have any benefit? Which colleges offer early action? Let us find the answers here-

Early decision program is a type of early admission plan, which is binding on the student. By ‘binding’, it is meant that if a student who is accepted as an Early decision applicant he/she must attend the college. As per the early admission plan, if applicants make a promise that they will attend the school if their application is accepted, they are bound to adhere to their commitment. If an applicant reneges on an early decision, it would be difficult for him/her to get acceptance from another competitive school.

 Below are some of the main features of early decision:

  1. The applications start early (usually in November) to first-choice college.
  2. Early decision applicants receive notification from the university in advance of the usual dates i.e., by December.
  3. The applicants can agree to attend the university if accepted and offered a fair financial aid package.
  4. Applicants can submit to only one university early decision while he/she has the option to apply to other colleges under regular admission plans.
  5. The applicant has to withdraw all other applications if accepted under early decision plan.

The above points reflect that you should not apply under Early Decision plan unless

  1. You have researched colleges extensively.
  2. You are sure of arranging the necessary funds for pursuing the course in your university of choice.
  3. You have found a college that is best suited in terms of academics, social life  and also geographically.

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

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

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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.

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