We’ve all heard the despair-making numbers: Stanford rejects 95% of applicants; Duke, 88%; Carnegie Mellon, 76%, and so on. But those averages hide some surprisingly hopeful surprises. At many schools, the acceptance rate is much better for students who make the school their first choice and apply “Early Decision”—which means they commit to attend the school if admitted. The typical ED deadline is Nov. 1, but check with your college, because some schools, such as Lafayette, Syracuse, and Wake Forest have deadlines of Nov. 15.
And if your student is aiming for a highly selective school, you’ll want to read this.
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This Week's Deadlines and Scholarships
Prudential’s “Spirit of Community” scholarship awards up to $6,000 to students who have volunteered in their communities. Deadline is Nov. 8. More info
Nov. 1 is the Early Decision and honors scholarship application deadline for many colleges.
Nov. 3 is the last regular registration date for the Dec. 3 sitting of the SATs.
Nov. 4 is the last regular registration date for the Dec. 10 sitting of the ACTs.
ABOUT KIM: Kim Clark, a senior writer for MONEY, paid for classes at four colleges—and degrees from two of them—with jobs, loans, scholarships, and lots of generous financial help from her parents and grandparents. She’s been covering the ins and outs of paying for college for almost 10 years.
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