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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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.


Is there any age limit to take admission into Ph.D in USA?

lakshita shaan 3rd Apr, 2020
Hey vasu,
The age limit which almost every University demands is 35 years. If anybody is above that they can might miss the chance to get enroll theirselves for phd.
This age is decided because phd is all about researching and writing ,they usually demand people who is also iinvolved in academics and departmental works.
Good luck!

Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?

Animesh Vats Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020


Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.

I hope my answer helps.

All the best.


Are Neurosurgeons happy in New York?

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

It will all depend upon the lifestyle and the office hours you put in the work. The number of opd days, OT days and the visit to the wards for rounds. It all affect the free time period for a doctor. In USA,you have to pay tax for the services thus it can be little less than what you make in india


Are US Neurosurgeons rich enough to live a comfortable life in the United States?

Nikki Nair 2nd Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant

It will totally depend where are you working and what are you getting paid.

As US is anyways costly ,there lifestyle tends to change.Neurosurgeons in Us are paid according to their qualification as well as where they work

According to research

The average income for a neurosurgeon is $775,968

The middle range income is approx $704,170

the lowest paid are $350,000

And the top 10 % of the neurosurgeon get a pay of $1,229,881 per year!

So it totally depends upon your qualification and the place you work if you can have a comfortable life or not


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