College Preparation

Pros and Cons for Early College Admission

[fa icon="calendar"] May 4, 2017 10:42:00 AM / by Robert Brinkman

Robert Brinkman

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Congratulations! You just received your acceptance letter – you're in! Or are you?

More and more colleges are issuing what are called early decision – a promise of a slot, provided certain criteria are met.

(Here is the Wikipedia definition of Early Decision: a common early college admission policy used in college admissions in the United States for admitting freshmen to undergraduate programs. It is used to indicate to the University or College that the candidate considers that institution to be his or her top choice.)

These are often tactics to avoid slacking and/or senioritis – colleges want their students coming in on the same track that led to acceptance in the first place. Not to mention, if you slack off your senior year, that could hurt the college's ratings in lists that use student excellence as a grading tool.

That is leading many colleges to early admission – which often means a GPA requirement. University of California schools, for instance, demand at least a 3.0 GPA throughout senior year, with no D's or F's.

Still other schools are requiring that certain prerequisite courses are passed before college begins. This is especially common for students entering with majors already chosen, or going into a special track within a university (like pre-med, or even history).

Still other schools – like Clemson – are encouraging juniors to send in SAT scores and essays and then offering early admission – provided the GPA you then submit is satisfactory. What does all this mean for a high school senior? Sometimes...an extra bit of danger.

 

How Early Admissions Can Backfire

This is obvious, but bears stating: Early admission can be rescinded! But that's not the worst of it. If you make plans on an early admission that you subsequently lose, you could find yourself in one of the worst positions possible.

Most notices of rescinded admissions occur in July or August the summer before school starts. In other words, after acceptance deadlines for your other schools have passed.

Should you lose your spot, not only will you not be attending your top choice – every other choice will have disappeared as well! You can try to finagle a spot somewhere... but your options could be very limited at this point.

That's why, if you decide you want to go to a school that practices early decision, make sure you don't slack off with your grades and performance. Know what the requirements are, and ensure that you meet them.

 

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Topics: Planning for College, Prepare for College

Robert Brinkman

Written by Robert Brinkman

Rob Brinkman is the Founder of Safe Harbour Retirement, LLC and has been an Advisor for 31 years, opening his first investment firm for Edward Jones in 1987. He has been a Registered Principal and Executive for one of the largest Investment/Insurance companies in the world. He speaks Internationally and was selected by Jim Collins, author of the New York Times Best Selling book Built to Last, to panel his pre-release of the again Best Selling book Good to Great. For the past decade Rob has been focusing on mentoring and coaching business owners and the high net-worth on how to leverage their success more toward a life of meaning and significance. An expert with tax and investment issues, he writes blogs www.robbrinkmanacademy.com and produces video ‘white boards’ for numerous websites every month.

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