Early Decision II 101: What Students Need to Know

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

AdobeStock_282221917What Applicants Should Keep in Mind About ED II

An increasing number of colleges are adding Early Decision II to their application options, often with a deadline in early- to mid-January.

Whether you weren’t admitted to your ED I university or you need more time to compile an application, ED II can be a promising application option for many students. Keep reading to learn more about how ED II admissions work and some institutions with this application process.

The Basics

Much like ED I, ED II is a binding decision process, meaning that students are committing to enrolling upon acceptance. Consequently, before hitting “submit,” students should be entirely confident that their ED II college is their first-choice option. From a university’s perspective, ED II is a way to better predict their yield, as all accepted ED II applicants will have to enroll. Applicants who apply through Early Decision, whether in round I or II, benefit from choosing a process that highlights their demonstrated interest in a specific institution.

Timeline Differences

Students who apply in the first round of Early Decision must compile their applications by early fall in order to meet deadlines in October or November. These applicants generally receive admissions decisions in December. In contrast, ED II applications are usually due in January or February, and most applicants receive their decisions in February or March. Some students may choose to apply ED II to a second college after receiving a rejection from their ED I university. Other applicants may wish to wait for ED II deadlines and avoid applying during the ED I round. This can be particularly beneficial for students who are still completing standardized testing during the fall of their senior year or applicants who need extra time for perfecting their personal statements.

When to Avoid Applying Through ED II

ED II is an appealing option for many students: a later deadline gives applicants more time, yet students can still demonstrate their interest and dedication towards their top-choice institution. Despite these benefits, ED II might not be the best option for all applicants. If students are hoping to compare financial aid packages after receiving all of their acceptances, for example, ED II wouldn’t be a logical choice. Since ED II admissions are binding, this option should be reserved for students who are ready to fully commit. If applicants do not have a clear first-choice college, they may wish to avoid ED II so that they have more time to weigh their options.

Colleges with ED II Application Processes

There are a host of different institutions with ED II application processes. From large, research universities to smaller liberal arts colleges, students who are interested in applying through ED II have plenty of options. Below, we have included a selection of colleges that participate in ED II:

Haverford College (January 1, 2020 deadline)
Lehigh University (January 1, 2020 deadline)
Emory University (January 1, 2020 deadline)
New York University (January 1, 2020 deadline)
Boston University (January 6, 2020 deadline)
Colgate University (January 15, 2020 deadline)
Bucknell University (January 15, 2020 deadline)
Wake Forest University (January 1, 2020 deadline)
Tulane University (January 6, 2020 deadline)
Northeastern University (January 1, 2020 deadline)

The institutions above are just a handful of the multitude of schools with an ED II option. Students who wish to pursue ED II as part of their application strategy should do their research and keep tabs on the deadlines and requirements associated with their top-choice options. If you are looking for personalized guidance with the admissions process, our team of counselors can provide nuanced advice throughout application season and beyond.



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