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Early results 2016

Yep…bumper year…increase in applications. Increase in quality…lower admit rates…you know the drill…but what is the story? Colleges have been slower to release details this year. Some (I am looking at you Stanford) has decided not to tell us at all. Why? Who knows. Certainly puting uup lists of admit rates potentially contributes to the admission rat race, but for many of us it helps us in our advising and making sense of what is happening. Why did Emory’s great side door known as Oxford suddently get discovered? How did Chicago’s addition of ED I and II plans impact their EA applicants and rates? We don’t know becuase they have not told us?

Below is the list of shools that have shared some ifnormation with relvant links:

Early Decision

 

College/University Name

ED Acceptance Percentage

Increase in ED Applications

% of class filled

Source

Babson College

38%

-4%

18%*

Barnard College

Historically: 42%

19%

45%

http://columbiaspectator.com/news/2016/12/13/number-early-applications-barnard-increases-19-percent#.WFQZ_ADdr9U.mailto

Bentley University

Historically:

66%

24%

15%*

Brandeis University

Historically:

35%

6%

30.80%

Brown

21.90%

38.2%

http://www.browndailyherald.com/2016/12/14/u-accepts-22-percent-early-decision-applicants/

Columbia

Historically:

18%

45%

https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/content/early-decision-release-information-0

Cornell

25.60%

10.30%

37.7%

http://cornellsun.com/2016/12/13/cornell-sees-10-percent-boom-in-early-decision-applications/

Dartmouth

27.80%

3.70%

43.2%

https://news.dartmouth.edu/news/2016/12/dartmouths-early-admissions-are-record-pool-talent

Duke

24%

1.80%

50%

http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2016/12/duke-accepts-861-students-early-decision-out-of-record-number-of-applications

Emory (oxford)

27%

53.00%

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/12/er_early_decision_class_2021/campus.html

Emory

32%

9.00%

51%*

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/12/er_early_decision_class_2021/campus.html

Fordham University

38%

13%

Harvey Mudd College

21%

6%

36%

https://www.hmc.edu/admission/2016/12/15/to-our-early-decision-applicants/

Johns Hopkins

31%

0%

41.6%

http://hub.jhu.edu/2016/12/16/hopkins-early-decision-class-of-2021/

Loyola Marymount University

65%

first year with ED

Middlebury

51%

6.5%

53.1%

http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/2016-news/node/543805

Northeastern

37%

12%

8.55%

Northwestern

Historically:

35%

20%

50%

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2016/11/15/campus/early-decision-applications-increase-by-more-than-20-percent-this-year/

Tulane

29.00%

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/us/tulane-college-applicants-acceptance-emails-wrong.html?_r=1

University of Rochester

Historically:

41%

Up 20%

23%*

UPENN

22%

7%

54%

http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/11/early-decision-numbers

Does not have questbridge. Will go up.

Wesleyan

Historically:

39%

16%

49.9%

http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2016/12/12/early-decision-applications-up-more-than-16/

Williams

35.30%

25%

44.3%

http://communications.williams.edu/news-releases/12_12_2016_earlydecision/

* approximation based on information provided in common data set.

 

Early Action

College/University Name 

EA Acceptance Percentage 

Percentage Increase in EA 

Source

 

Babson College

24%

3%

   

Chapman University

50.90%

5.82%

   

Fordham University

50%

2%

   

Georgetown Univerrsity

11.90%

10%+

http://www.thehoya.com/georgetown-early-action-admissions-rate-reaches-record-low/

Harvard

14.5

5%

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/12/938-admitted-early-to-harvard-college-class-of-2021/

Loyola Marymount University

60%

25%

   

MIT

8%

8%

http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/mit-early-action-decisions-now-available-online4

 

Northeastern

28%

7%

Trevor

 

Notre Dame

24.4

10%

http://admissions.nd.edu/connect/news/notre-dame-admits-1470-early-action-applicants-to-the-class-of-2021/

Princeton

15.4

18%

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2016/12/u-offers-admission-to-15-4-percent

U Georgia

51.6

7%

http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/early-applications-2021/

 

Yale

17%

9%

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/12/16/yale-admits-17-percent-of-early-applicants/

 
         

Early results are coming out now

Over the next few days we will hear more:

Brown University admitted 22% early. AThis is roughly 1/3 of their incoming class. pplicants were down slightly (1.8%). 

Columbia is up 4.4% over last year

Duke is up 11% admitting 22.5%. 

Harvard is up 4.4% from last year and admitted 14.8% early action. 

John’s Hopkins increased 3% this year, admitting 30.27% early decision

Stanford admitted 9.5% of their early pool–up 7.9% on last year. 

Early Action

An alternative to Early Decision, which is a binding, is Early Action. As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I share with you what looks to be a very comprehesnive list. 

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE US WITH EARLY ACTION (NON-BINDING) ADMISSION DECISION PLANS

 

[last modified July 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM]

 

ALABAMA

 

            Auburn University

            Birmingham-Southern College

 

ARIZONA

 

         Arizona Christian University

 

ARKANSAS

 

         Hendrix College

            Lyon College

            University of Arkansas

 

CALIFORNIA

 

         Azusa Pacific University

            Biola University [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            California Baptist University

            California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)

            California Lutheran University

            Chapman University

            Concordia University Irvine

            Loyola Marymount University

            Menlo College

            Mills College

            Mount Saint Mary’s College

            Notre Dame de Namur University

            Point Loma Nazarene University

            Santa Clara University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Soka University of America

            Saint Mary’s College of California

Stanford University [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

            Applicants agree not to apply to any other private college/university under an Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Early Decision or Early Notification program; Applicants may apply to other colleges and universities under their Regular Decision option.

 

Exceptions

The student may apply to any college/university with early deadlines for scholarships or special academic programs as long as the decision is non-binding;

The student may apply to any public college/university with a non-binding early application option;

The student may apply to any college/university with a non-binding rolling admission process;

The student may apply to any foreign college/university on any application schedule

           

            The Master’s College

            University of Redlands

University of San Francisco [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of the Pacific

            Westmont College

            Whittier College

 

COLORADO

 

         Colorado College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plan]

            Colorado State University

            Fort Lewis College

            University of Colorado at Boulder

            University of Denver

 

CONNECTICUT

 

         Fairfield University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            United States Coast Guard Academy

            University of Hartford

            University of New Haven

            Yale University [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

If you are a Single-Choice Early Action applicant to Yale, you may apply to another institution’s early admission program as follows:

You may apply to any college's non-binding rolling admission program;

You may apply to any public institution at any time provided that admission is not binding;

You may apply to another college’s Early Decision II program, but only if the notification of admission occurs after January 1. If you are admitted through another college’s Early Decision II binding program, you must withdraw your application from Yale;

You may apply to any institution outside of the United States at any time.

 

 

DELAWARE

 

         Delaware College of Art and Design

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

         Catholic University of America

            Georgetown University [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

Georgetown's Early Action program is grounded in the belief that students should be free to choose among colleges until the Candidate's Reply Date. Accordingly, accepted students will have the same reply date (May 1) as all candidates.  In keeping with this principle, students applying under the Early Action program may not apply to any binding Early Decision programs [author’s note: ED as well as EDII programs are meant here] since they then would not be free to choose Georgetown if admitted. Students are welcome to apply to other Early Action programs or other Regular Decision programs while at the same time applying to Georgetown’s Early Action program.

            Howard University

            Trinity Washington University

 

 

 

FLORIDA

 

         Eckerd College

            Palm Beach Atlantic University

            University of Miami [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of Tampa

 

GEORGIA

 

         Agnes Scott College

            Brewton-Parker College

            Georgia College and State University

            Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

            Georgia State University

            Mercer University

            Morehouse College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Oglethorpe University

            Spelman College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of Georgia

 

IDAHO

 

         College of Idaho

            Northwest Nazarene University

 

ILLINOIS

 

         DePaul University

            Illinois College

            Illinois Institute of Technology

            Illinois Wesleyan University

            Knox College

            Lake Forest College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            School of the Art Institute of Chicago

            University of Chicago

            Wheaton College

 

INDIANA

 

         Butler University

            DePauw University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Earlham College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Grace College

            Hanover College

            Purdue University

            Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

            Taylor University

            University of Evansville

            University of Notre Dame

            Wabash College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

 

IOWA

 

         Coe College

            Cornell College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Wartburg College

 

KENTUCKY

 

            Bellarmine College

            Centre College [also supports an Early Decision and EDII plans]

            Georgetown College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Transylvania University

 

LOUISIANA

 

         Centenary College of Louisiana

Dillard College

Tulane University

Xavier University of Louisiana

 

MAINE

 

         Maine College of Art

            Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

            Thomas College

            Unity College in Maine

            University of Maine

            University of Maine at Farmington

            University of Maine at Machias

            University of New England

 

MARYLAND

 

         Goucher College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Hood College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Loyola University in Maryland

            McDaniel College

            Mount Saint Mary’s University

            Salisbury University [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Saint John’s College

            University of Maryland Baltimore County

            University of Maryland College Park

            Washington College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

         Assumption College

            Babson College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Bay Path College

            Becker College

            Bentley University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Berklee College of Music

            Boston College [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

A student applying Early Action to Boston College may apply to other Early Action programs;
A student applying to a binding Early Decision II program may apply Early Action to Boston College;
A student applying to a binding Early Decision program may not apply Early Action to Boston College

 

            Bridgewater State University

            Clark University

            Curry College

            Dean College

            Emerson College

            Emmanuel College

            Framingham State University

            Gordon College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Hampshire College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges [restrictive plan—below is the statement from

the website of the university:

 

            You may apply Early Action to any public college/university

or to foreign universities;

You may not apply Early Action or Early Decision to any private institutions in the United States;

 

            Lasell College

Lesley University

            Massachusetts College of Art and Design

            Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

            Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

            Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

            Massachusetts Maritime Academy

            Merrimack College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Montserrat College of Art

            Nichols College

            Northeastern University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Regis College

            Salem State University

            Simmons College

            Stonehill College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Suffolk University

            University of Massachusetts at Amherst

            University of Massachusetts at Lowell

            Wheaton College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Wheelock College

            Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

 

MICHIGAN

 

         Albion College

         Hillsdale College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Kalamazoo College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Michigan State University

            University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

 

MINNESOTA

 

         College of Saint Benedict

            Gustavus Adolphus College

            Hamline University

            Minneapolis College of Art and Design

            Saint John’s University

 

MISSISSIPPI

 

         Millsaps College

 

MISSOURI

 

         Stephens College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

 

MONTANA

 

            Carroll College

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

         Colby-Sawyer College

         Rivier College

            Saint Anselm College

            Southern New Hampshire College

            University of New Hampshire

 

NEW JERSEY

 

         Bloomfield College

            Caldwell University

            Georgian Court University

            Monmouth University

            Montclair State University

            Princeton University [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

You may not apply to an early program at any other private college or university, but you may apply early to any public institution, as long as the decision is nonbinding;

You may apply to any international institution, as long as the decision is nonbinding;

You may apply to any college with a nonbinding rolling admission process

 

            Ramapo College of New Jersey

            Rider University

            Rutgers University (all campuses)

            Saint Peter’s University

            Seton Hall University

            William Paterson University of New Jersey

 

NEW MEXICO

 

         Saint John’s College

 

NEW YORK

 

         Adelphi University

            Bard College

            College of Mount Saint Vincent

            College of Saint Rose

            Concordia College

            Dowling College

            Fordham University

            Hofstra University

            Iona College

            Ithaca College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            LIM College

            LeMoyne College

            Marist College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Mercy College

            Molloy College

            Nazareth College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            New York Institute of Technology

            Pace University, New York City

            Pace University, Briarcliff/Pleasantville

            Parsons The New School for Design

            Pratt Institute

            Siena College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland

            SUNY College at New Paltz

            SUNY College at Oneonta

            SUNY College at Purchase

            SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome

            SUNY University at Albany

            SUNY University at Binghamton

            The King’s College

            The Sage Colleges

            Wells College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

         Elon University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Greensboro College

            Guilford College

            High Point University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Lenoir-Rhyne College

            North Carolina State University

            Piedmont International University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Queens University of Charlotte

            University of North Carolina at Asheville

            University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

            University of North Carolina at Charlotte

            University of North Carolina at Greensboro

            University of North Carolina at Wilmington

            Western Carolina University

            William Peace University

 

 

 

 

OHIO

 

         Case Western Reserve University [also supports an Early Decision

                                                                                    and ED II plan]

            Cleveland Institute of Art

            College of Wooster [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Columbus College of Art and Design

            John Carroll University

            Miami University of Ohio [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Ohio Wesleyan University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of Akron

University of Dayton

            Wittenberg University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

 

OKLAHOMA

        

University of Tulsa

 

OREGON

 

            George Fox University

            Lewis and Clark College

            Linfield College

            Oregon State University

            University of Oregon

            Willamette University

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

         Dickinson College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Drexel University

            Duquesne University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            LaSalle University

            Lycoming College

            Saint Joseph’s University

            Susquehanna University [restrictive plan—applicant may apply EA

                        only if s/he has a legacy with Susquehanna; also

supports an Early Decision plan]

            Temple University

            University of Scranton

            Ursinus College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Villanova University

            Washington and Jefferson College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Westminster College

 

 

PUERTO RICO

 

         University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla

            University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

         Bryant University [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Providence College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Roger Williams University

            Salve Regina University

            University of Rhode Island

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

         College of Charleston

            Erskine College

            Furman University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Presbyterian College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of South Carolina at Columbia

            Wofford College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

           

TENNESSEE

 

         Fisk University

            Rhodes College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            University of the South (Sewanee) [also supports an Early Decision and ED

II plans]

 

TEXAS

 

         Abilene Christian University

            Austin College

            Baylor University

            Southern Methodist University [also supports and Early Decision and ED

II plans]

            Southwestern University

            Tarleton State University

            Texas Christian University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Trinity University [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            University of Dallas

            University of Saint Thomas

 

 

 

UTAH

 

         Neumont University

 

VERMONT

 

         Bennington College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Green Mountain College

Lyndon State College

            Marlboro College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Saint Michael’s College

 

            Sterling College

            University of Vermont

 

VIRGINIA

 

         Christendom College

            Christopher Newport University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Emory and Henry College

            George Mason University

            Hampden-Sydney College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Hampton University

            Hollins University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            James Madison University

            Longwood University

            Old Dominion University

            Patrick Henry College

            Radford University

            Randolph College

            Randolph-Macon College

            University of Mary Washington

            University of Virginia

            University of Virginia College at Wise

           

WASHINGTON

 

         Gonzaga University

            Northwest University

            Seattle Pacific University

            Seattle University

            Whitworth University

 

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

 

         Shepherd University

 

WISCONSIN

 

         Beloit College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Lawrence University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

 

 

            This list was compiled by Cigus Vanni, a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling Executive Board and former member of the NACAC Professional Development Committee (2007-2010).  Sources consulted included The College Handbook, 2015 by the College Board; individual college websites; the College Board Common Data Set; and various college admissions offices by telephone.  As is the case with all aspects of college admission, use lists as guides and be certain to double check with individual admissions offices

           

 

 

Thanks to Cigus Vanni who compiled this stunning list of US colleges offering Early decision plans. As he said, “Distribution trumps attribution.” The Collegeboard explains that “Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college.”

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES WITH BINDING EARLY DECISION ADMISSION PLANS

 

[last modified July 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM]

 

ARIZONA

 

            Prescott College

 

CALIFORNIA

 

         Biola University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

         California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

            Claremont McKenna College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Harvey Mudd College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Occidental College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Pitzer College

            Pomona College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Santa Clara University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Scripps College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of San Francisco [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

COLORADO

 

         Colorado College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

 

CONNECTICUT

 

         Connecticut College [also supports an ED II plan]

         Fairfield University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Mitchell College

            Quinnipiac University

            Sacred Heart University

            Trinity College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wesleyan University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

            American University [also supports an ED II plan]

            George Washington University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

FLORIDA

 

         Flagler College

            Florida Southern College

            Rollins College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Stetson University

            University of Miami [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

 

GEORGIA

 

         Emory University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Georgia Southwestern State University

            Morehouse College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Oxford College of Emory University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Spelman College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wesleyan College [also supports an ED II plan]

           

ILLINOIS

 

            Lake Forest College [also supports an Early Action plan and

an ED II plan]

Moody Bible Institute

            Northwestern University

            Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

            Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences

 

INDIANA

 

            DePauw University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Earlham College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Saint Mary’s College

            Wabash College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

IOWA

 

            Cornell College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Grinnell College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

KENTUCKY

 

            Centre College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Georgetown College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

MAINE

 

         Bates College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bowdoin College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Colby College [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of the Atlantic [also supports an ED II plan]

            Maine Maritime Academy

 

MARYLAND

 

         Goucher College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hood College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Johns Hopkins University

            Maryland Institute College of Art

Saint Mary’s College of Maryland [also supports an ED II plan]

Salisbury University [also supports an ED II plan and

an Early Action plan]

University of Baltimore

            Washington College [also supports an Early Action plan and

an ED II plan]

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

         Amherst College

            Babson College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Bentley University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Boston University

            Brandeis University [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of the Holy Cross

            Gordon College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hampshire College [also supports an Early Acton plan

and an ED II plan]

            Merrimack College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Mount Holyoke College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Northeastern University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Smith College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Springfield College

            Stonehill College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Tufts University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wellesley College

            Wheaton College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Williams College

 

MICHIGAN

 

         Hillsdale College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Kalamazoo College [also supports an Early Action plan

and an ED II plan]

 

 

 

MINNESOTA

 

         Carleton College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Macalester College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Saint Olaf College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

MISSISSIPPI

 

            Mississippi College

 

MISSOURI

 

         Cox College

         Stephens College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Washington University in Saint Louis

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

         Dartmouth College

 

NEW JERSEY

 

            Drew University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Stevens Institute of Technology [also supports an ED II plan]

            The College of New Jersey

 

NEW YORK

 

         Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

            Alfred University

            Barnard College

            Clarkson University

            Colgate University [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of New Rochelle

            Columbia University

            Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

            Cornell University

            Elmira College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Eugene Lang College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Five Towns College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Hamilton College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Hartwick College

            Hobart and William Smith Colleges [also supports an ED II plan]

            Ithaca College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Jewish Theological Seminary of America [also supports an ED II plan]

            Manhattan College

            Manhattanville College

            Maria College

            Marist College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Nazareth College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            New York University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Polytechnic Institute of New York University

            Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [also supports an ED II plan]

            Rochester Institute of Technology

            Saint John Fisher College

            Saint Lawrence University

            Sarah Lawrence College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Siena College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Skidmore College [also supports an ED II plan]

            State University of New York (SUNY) College at Buffalo

            SUNY College at Fredonia

            SUNY College at Geneseo

            SUNY College at Old Westbury

            SUNY College at Oswego

            SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

            SUNY Maritime College

            SUNY University at Buffalo

            Syracuse University

            Union College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of Rochester

            Vassar College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wagner College

            Webb Institute of Naval Architecture

            Wells College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

            Davidson College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Duke University

         Elon University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            High Point University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Meredith College

            Piedmont International University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wake Forest University

            Warren Wilson College

 

OHIO

 

            Case Western Reserve University [also supports an Early Action plan  

                                                                                    and an ED II plan]

            College of Wooster [also supports an Early Action plan

and an ED II plan]

            Denison University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Kenyon College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Miami University of Ohio [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Oberlin College and Conservatory [also supports an ED II plan]

            Ohio Wesleyan University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wittenberg University [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

OREGON

 

         Reed College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

         Allegheny College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bryn Mawr College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bucknell University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Carnegie Mellon University [also supports an ED II plan]

         Dickinson College [also supports an ED II plan and

an Early Action plan]

Duquesne University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Franklin and Marshall College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Gettysburg College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Grove City College

            Haverford College

            Juniata College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Lafayette College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Lehigh University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Moravian College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Muhlenberg College

            Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

            Susquehanna University [also supports a restrictive Early Action plan]

            Swarthmore College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of Pennsylvania

            Ursinus College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Washington and Jefferson College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

PUERTO RICO

 

         University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

         Brown University

Bryant University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

Providence College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Rhode Island School of Design

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

            Furman University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Presbyterian College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wofford College [also supports an Early Action plan]

           

TENNESSEE

 

            Rhodes College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            University of The South [also supports an ED II plan and

an Early Action plan]

            Vanderbilt University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

TEXAS

 

         Rice University

            Southern Methodist University [also supports an Early Action plan

                                                                        and an ED II plan]

            Texas Christian University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Trinity University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

           

 

VERMONT

 

         Bennington College [also supports an Early Action plan

and an ED II plan]

            Champlain College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Marlboro College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Middlebury College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

VIRGINIA

 

            Christopher Newport University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            College of William and Mary

            Hampden-Sydney College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hollins University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Lynchburg College

            Roanoke College

            University of Richmond [also supports an ED II plan]

            Virginia Intermont College

            Virginia Military Institute

            Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

            Washington and Lee University [also supports an ED II plan]

           

WASHINGTON

 

         University of Puget Sound [also supports an ED II plan]

            Whitman College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

 

WISCONSIN

 

            Beloit College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Lawrence University [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

 

 

            This list was compiled by Cigus Vanni, a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling Executive Board and former member of the NACAC Professional Development Committee (2007-2010).  Sources consulted included The College Handbook, 2015 by the College Board; individual college websites; the College Board Common Data Set; and various college admissions offices by telephone.  As is the case with all aspects of college admission, use lists as guides and be certain to double check with individual admissions offices

           

 

 

Early acceptances starting to roll out (updated 2)

In spite of the common app mess-ups, many colleges still turned around admission decisions for students in Mid December. I know places like St. Johns and Wash U have released results but thus far no numbers are posted on line. What is available is painting an interesting and sobbering picture: Apps are up, percent of the class admited early are up. 
Restrictive Early Action
  • Harvard admitted 21% of its 4692 early action applicants. This is interesting as last year they only admitted 18% (892 vs 992). Harvard has very high yield rate historically, so this trend indicates that Harvard wants more of their class filled at the early round. The Harvard magazine suggest that regular admission rate will be down to 3%. In timing is everything, Harvard magazine also 
  • Stanford admited under 11% of early applications. They had an almost 14% increase in early applications.
  • Yale accepted 735 students from its early applicant pool this year, yielding a 15.5 percent early acceptance rate for the Class of 2018. They were up 5.5% in applications. 
  • Princeton University has offered early admission to 714 students–18.5%– for the undergraduate class of 2018–up 1%. 

Early action
  • MIT —  an amazing 8.9%, 6820 applicants (up 12%)
  • University of Georgia offered admission to 62% of their applicant pool. They were up 20% over last year. 
  • Georgetown looks to have admited around 14% of their early pool–which stayed about the same as last year
Early decision
  • Dartmouth accepted 28% of the 1,678 applications it received for early decision. Early applicants were up 6% over last year. 
  • Brown accepted 18.8% of its early pool. They were up 2%  on last year. 
  • Williams admitted almost 43% of its applications. They were down 12% on last year. 
  • Duke admitted 25% of their early applicants. Duke was up 25% in early applications. This represents 47% of their class
  • Northwestern, up 15% on last year, admitted almost 45% of their class already–admit rate of 32%
  • John Hopkins – 33.0%, 1,595 applicants (up 11%)

 

Oops
Fordham inadvertantly admitted all 2500 of their early applicants. Only 500 were actually admitted, but the rest got an email saying they were. Oops. 



list of colleges offering extenstions

The Bottom Line: The sooner you press send, the sooner the college can start processing your application. If you encounter difficulties, you can start working with the common app, your counselor and the college to process the application. If everything, the very busy admission deans can start reading your application. So why wait? But if you need it…you can have some extra time at the collleges list below. 

Babson College: ED and EA extended to November 8*
Barnard College: ED extended to November 8
Beloit College: ED and EA extended to November 8*
Bentley College: ED and EA extended to November 15
Boston University: ED extended to November 15
Brandeis University: ED1 extended to November 8
Brown University: will consider individual extension requests
Butler University: EA extended to November 8
Chapman University: EA extended to November 5*
Columbia University: ED extended to November 8
Cornell University: ED extended to November 8
Dartmouth College: ED extended to November 8
Duke University: ED extended to November 8
Emerson College: EA extended to November 8
Emory University: ED1 extended to November 4
Fairfield College: EA extended to November 15; ED remains November 15
Fordham University: EA and Priority Performance to November 8*
Furman University: ED extended to November 15 an EA to November 29
George Washington University: ED1 extended to November 11
Georgia Tech: EA extended to October 21
Johns Hopkins: ED extended to November 8 (also accepts UCA)
Lewis & Clark College: EA extended to November 8
Loyola Marymount University: EA extended to November 5*
Marist: ED extended to November 8
Morehouse College: EA extended to November 8
Northwestern University: ED extended to November 8
NYU: ED1 extended to November 8
Pomona College: ED extended to November 8
Providence College: EA extended to November 8
Purdue University: EA extended to November 8
Rice University: ED extended to November 8
Roanoke College: Priority deadline extended to October 21
Salve Regina: EA extended to November 8*
SMU: EA and ED1 extended to November 8; RD and ED2 extended to January 15
Stanford University: extended restricted EA to November 4*
Stonehill College: EA extended to November 8
SUNY Fredonia: ED extended to November 15
SUNY Geneseo: ED extended to December 1
SUNY Oneonta: EA extended to December 1
Syracuse University: ED extended to December 1
TCU: EA and ED extended to November 8
Tufts University: ED extended to November 8 (also joined the UCA)
University of Chicago: EA extended to November 8
University of Denver: EA extended to November 8
UNC Chapel Hill: EA extended to October 21
University of Miami: EA and ED extended to November 8

University of Pennsylvania: ED extended to November 11 (but get it in ASAP)
University of Rochester: ED extended to November 8*
University of Tulsa: EA extended to November 8*
UNC Wilmington: EA extended to November 11
University of Vermont: EA extended to November 11
Villanova: EA extended to November 8
Wellesley College: ED extended to November 6
William and Mary: ED extended to November 8
Yale University: Single choice EA extended to November 4

Early Round up: And up they are, especially Boston, Chicago, Harvard etc….but not Darmouth

Early number coming in:

 

Early Applications Numbers Soar | News | The Harvard Crimson

Applications for early admission to Harvard College’s class of 2017 numbered 4,856, marking a nearly 15 percent surge from last year’s figure, the University announced on Thursday.

 

Yale received a total of 4,514 early applications, a 4.4 percent increase from the previous year, and Princeton received 3,791, a 10 percent increase. The University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, and Brown received 4,780, 3,126, and 2,957 early applications this year, up 5.6 percent, 1.3 percent, and 1 percent respectively from last year. Dartmouth, on the other hand, saw a 12.5 percent decrease in early applicants.


Penn also is up (See the lovely graph)

The Daily Pennsylvanian :: Penn’s early decision numbers compare favorably to other Ivies

Outtside the Ivy League, applications to Duke University’s early decision program declined by 2.6 percent, and the University of Chicago broke its early action application record for the fourth straight year, topping 10,000 applicants for an increase of 18.6 percent.

 

Duke

 

Duke early decision applications drop by 70 | The Chronicle

The University received 2,586 applications compared to 2,656 received last year, said Dean of Admissions Christoph Guttentag. This decrease—less than 3 percent—comes after a 100 percent increase in early decision applications over the last five years, Guttentag said.

 

 

Georgetown offers this lovely graphic:

Early Applications Hit Record High – News – The Hoya

This year, 6,736 students applied for early action admission to the class of 2017, marking a slight increase over the 6,699 applicants who applied last year. Most notably, the School of Nursing and Health Studies saw a 20 percent jump in applications.

The Daily Northwestern : Northwestern hits record number of early decision applications

The University reported an all-time high number of early decision applicants last week, with 2,625 students vying for a sport in the class of 2017 — a 7 percent increase from last year.

‘Early decision’ applications on rise at Miami | www.whiotv.com

Applications designated early decision rose from 916 in 2011 to 1,007 this fall, a 10 percent increase, university officials said.

Early decision 1 applications show increases | Emory University | Atlanta, GA

ED1 applications to ECAS are up 10 percent and stood at a record high of 959 as of Nov. 19 compared to 871 at the same time last year.

Early Decision numbers increase by 22 applicants | The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

The Hopkins Office of Undergraduate Admissions has begun reviewing the Early Decision applications submitted by prospective members of the Class of 2016. With 1,467 applications received, this year’s number of applications marks a slight increase over last year’s Early Decision pool of 1,445 aspirational students.

The Cavalier Daily :: Admissions office sees jump in early action applications

The University (of Virginia) saw 13,879 early action applications this year, up from 11,681 last year. Dean of Admissions Greg Roberts attributed the rise to increased knowledge about the early action program.

Early applications rise for class of 2017 – The Brown Daily Herald – Serving the community daily since 1891

The Admission Office received a record number of 2,957 early decision applications for spots in the class of 2017, Miller said. Last year, the University received 2,919 early decision applications.

Princeton early admission applications jump 10 percent – The Daily Princetonian

3,791 students applied for early admission to the University, about a 10-percent increase over the 3,443 who applied last year.

6,600 early applicants receive good news from the University of Georgia – Washington DC College admissions | Examiner.com

According to a press release, UGA received a record 11,300 early action (EA) applications. As is usually the case, the EA pool is academically strong, boasting of an average GPA of almost 3.8, mean SAT scores of 1286 (with a mean writing score of 620), and an average ACT of 29.

BU reports 40 percent more E.D. apps | The Daily Free Press

Boston University received over 40 percent more applications for early decision in 2012 than it did in 2011, BU officials said.

Colin Riley, BU spokesman, said 1,505 people applied for early decision admission to BU for the fall 2013 semester, while only 1,069 applied for early admission for the fall 2012 semester.

CC, SEAS ED application numbers rise by 1.3%

Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science received 3,126 early decision applications for the class of 2017, an increase of 1.3 percent from last year’s 3,086.

Hurricane Sandy and admission deadlines.

NACAC has a list of colleges extending deadlines as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Keep in mind, this is intended for people actually affected by the hurricane. Help admissions out by not waiting to the last possible minute to get results out. 

 

The examiner provides a quick snapshot of some colleges extending the deadline:

Here is what we know so far about revised deadlines:

  • Babson CollegeEarly Decision and Early Action deadlines have been extended to Monday, November 5.
  • Beloit College: Students living in areas affected by the hurricane have until November 8 to assure their applications are submitted.
  • Bentley University: Early Decision and Early Action deadlines have been extended to November 5.
  • Boston College: Will be “flexible” with the Restrictive Early Action deadline.
  • Boston University: Early Decision deadline has been extended to Monday, Nov. 5.
  • Brown University: Early Decision deadline has been extended to November 7.
  • Case Western Reserve University: Will extend its Early Action deadline to November 5, for all students.
  • Claremont McKenna College: Will be “flexible” with their November 1st ED1 deadline. This applies to all supporting documents from counselors and teachers as well.
  • Clark University: The Early Action deadline has been extended to November 9.
  • College of Charleston: Early Notification deadline has been extended until Monday, November 5, by midnight, for students impacted by the storm. If you’re unable to submit application materials by November 5 for weather-related reasons, you may request an extension once you have access to email.
  • College of William & Mary: Early Decision and spring transfer deadlines have been extended to November 5.
  • Columbia University: Early Decision deadline extended to Monday, November 5.
  • Cornell University: Early Decision deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday, November 5.
  • Dartmouth College: Flexible with the Early Decision deadline for all students who are impacted by this storm; contact the office if materials cannot be submitted by November 5.
  • Duke University: Early Decision deadline extended to Sunday, November 4. Note that the website has not been completely updated in some places.
  • Fordham University: Early Action applications will be considered timely if received by November 8.
  • Harvard College: Will be “flexible” on Early Action deadline.
  • James Madison University (JMU): Extending application deadlines for Early Action and Dingledine Scholarship to Friday, Nov. 9.
  • Lawrence University: Early Decision deadline extended to November 15.
  • Loyola University Maryland: Extending Early Action deadline to Nov. 15 for those impacted by this storm; all students who apply by this date will learn of their admission decision no later than January 15.
  • Marist College: Early Decision deadline has been extended to Friday, November 9.
  • MIT: Will be “flexible” on Early Action deadline.
  • New York UniversityExtended Early Decision I deadline for students living on the East Coast until November 3, at 11:59 pm ET.
  • Northeastern University: Early Action and spring deadlines extended to November 5, for students directly affected by the hurricane.
  • Northwestern University: For applicants living in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, the application deadline for early decision has been extended to midnight November 7.
  • Pomona College: Early Decision has been extended to November 7 for those affected by the storm.
  • Princeton University: Single-choice early action deadline is extended to November 7.
  • RPI: The Early Decision deadline has been extended to November 5; additional extensions will be announced as warranted.
  • Rhodes College: The Early Decision deadline has been extended to November 9.
  • Rice UniversityExtending the deadline for applying Early Decision to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 5. This also includes electronic portfolios for applicants to the School of Architecture.
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland: Extending the priority scholarship deadline and the Early Decision deadline to Thursday, November 15.
  • SMU: The Early Action deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 8.
  • Stanford University: The deadline for Restrictive Early Action has been extended to 11:59PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, November 5.
  • Tufts University: The Common Application site will remain open past November 1 for Early Decision I applications. If Sandy does prompt a post-November 1 submission of your EDI application, the deadline is extended until Wednesday, November 7th.
  • University of Chicago: Early Action deadline has been extended. All materials due by 5 pm, Central Time, on Friday, November 9.
  • University of Maryland: The early application deadline will be extended; check withthe website as specifics become available.
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Early Action deadline extended to Monday, November 5; school reports are due by November 20th.
  • University of Pennsylvania: Early Decision deadline extended to Tuesday, November 6. Applications for financial aid can be submitted by November 15 to be evaluated for a package to be provided at the time of decision release.
  • University of Rochester: Extending Early Decision deadline to November 8 for students living in areas affected by the hurricane.
  • University of Virginia: The Early Action deadline is extended to midnight on Sunday, November 4.
  • University of Vermont: November 1 deadlines (early and spring) have been extendedto November 5.
  • Villanova University: Early Action deadline extended to Thursday, November 8 for students directly impacted by the storm.
  • Yale University: Single-Choice Early Action deadline extended to Monday, Nov. 5.

 

Trend #6: Early Applications & Early Admission

Another installment of this year’s trends in college admission series with  Trend #6: Early Applications & Early Admission You can check out previous posts here:

Trend #6: Early Applications & Early Admission
Terms defined:

Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1. Counselors need to make sure that students understand this key distinction between the two plans.

Approximately 450 colleges have early decision or early action plans, and some have both. Some colleges offer a nonbinding option called single-choice early action, under which applicants may not apply ED or EA to any other college. [Source: Collegeboard]

As a new year begins, so to does college application season. The first choice of course is which college to apply to. The Second choice is WHEN to apply. With apologies to Sam Keen, it if very important you do not get the order of these questions mixed up. Too often I have kids asking which college they should apply to early decision rather than “I love this college! Do they offer early decision?” I liken this to someone asking me whom they should marry. That is rather a personal decision. Follow your heart. But your heart needs clarification: Spend time asking yourself not just what you want, but how strongly committed to you are to those aspects. If you find a college you love and they offer early decision, and you are ready: apply. If you are still not certain, but they offer early action and you are ready, apply.
  • Early decision is like Marriage
  • Early action is like Dating
NACAC offers a helpful worksheet: Early Decision Self-Evaluation Questionnaire. The collegeboard engages in some finer points of discussion:

Applying to an ED or EA plan is most appropriate for a student who:

  • Has researched colleges extensively.
  • Is absolutely sure that the college is the first choice.
  • Has found a college that is a strong match academically, socially and geographically.
  • Meets or exceeds the admission profile for the college for SAT® scores, GPA and class rank.
  • Has an academic record that has been consistently solid over time.

Applying to an ED or EA plan is not appropriate for a student who:

  • Has not thoroughly researched colleges.
  • Is applying early just to avoid stress and paperwork.
  • Is not fully committed to attending the college.
  • Is applying early only because friends are.
  • Needs a strong senior fall semester to bring grades up.
Does it help?
Potentially is the correct answer. For some student definitely. US News has a nice table from the 2010 cycle illustrating the point at the top 50 admission rates for early (any program):

College State Percent of early applicants who are admitted early* Percent of regular applicants admitted Difference in acceptance rates
1 Tougaloo College MS 100% 34% 66%
2 University of Arkansas AR 91% 35% 56%
3 Agnes Scott College GA 82% 31% 51%
4 St. Lawrence University NY 87% 36% 51%
5 University of North Florida FL 100% 49% 51%
6 Illinois Wesleyan University IL 93% 46% 47%
7 Central Christian College KS 100% 55% 45%
8 High Point University NC 89% 47% 42%
9 Lawrence University WI 93% 52% 41%
10 College of the Holy Cross MA 73% 33% 40%

Every college is concerned with filling seats and beds. Early decision helps them manage their yield. They can count on these students coming. Many colleges encourage certain types of students to apply early decision:
  • Alumni legacies
  • Athletes
  • Donors
  • and other institutional priorities
Some colleges like University of Virginia, Harvard and Princeton dropped early plans as they thought it unfair to low income students only to bring them back four years later. This year, University of San Diego did away with early action stating it only muddied the waters and resulted in no real benefit for the institution while taxing the resources. Colleges have a narrow window to evaluate kids applying on November first. As more applications roll in, the pressure increases. I am intrigued that St. Lawrence allows to student to switch their application to the binding early decision anytime between November 1 and their regular decision deadline of February 1:

Continual Review Early Decision is a concept of providing students a choice to apply Early Decision at any time up to the Regular Decision deadline of February 1. In the past, if a student did not decide on Early Decision by the published deadline (this year November 1) the earliest he or she would know the decision was the middle of March.

At St. Lawrence, many students visit campus after November 1 and decide SLU is their first choice. Instead of making them wait to hear from us until the middle of March, we developed a plan that allows students to apply Early Decision at any time up until our Regular Decision deadline of February 1. Students declare their Early Decision intentions by completing and submitting the Early Decision contract, and, once that is received and the admissions application is complete, the application is evaluated and the student is notified, usually within a couple of weeks of completion.

CRED takes away some of the pressure for students having to make decisions before they are fully informed. Many students hear earlier than they would have in the past, and some — those offered Early Decision admission — no longer need file applications elsewhere.

In theory, Early decision should cut down the applications to all colleges. Certainly a bunch of students apply early decision, are admitted and do not apply anywhere else or withdraw applications. Early action, on the other hand, may not remove kids from the appellant pool. Another option is the Single Choice Early Action championed by Stanford, Yale and now Princeton and Harvard. Tulane is oddly both early action and single choice early action. Meanwhile Boston College and Georgetown offer Restrictive Early action. While very similar, kids applying to BC and GT can apply to other early action schools, but not ED colleges. Bard pioneered something they call Immediate decision plan:

The Immediate Decision Plan (IDP) is recommended for the accomplished student for whom Bard is a top choice. The IDP is designed to help students develop a more informed opinion of the College and to accelerate the admission process during a daylong session [at Bard in late November].
Bard has since been joined by Longwood university,  Carlow University, University of New Haven and Hood college. If your transcript has some rough edges, but you have a lot to contribute through your personality and social skills, it may just advantage you:
“In reading through an application, an admissions officer may come upon a weak record and tentatively conclude that this is a `non-accept,”’ says Stuart Levine, Bard’s dean and a co-editor of the Immediate Decision Plan syllabus. “The interview allows students to turn it around if they look like a risk on paper. And in the case of gray-area students, where the admissions people have a hard time making up their minds, the interview helps to decide one way or another.”
Early decision has a new relative called early decision II. Some schools offering ED II include:
Swarthmore, Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Tufts and a number of smaller private universities, such as Brandeis, Vanderbilt, Emory, Carnegie Mellon, and Wesleyan. NYU added it last year:
New York University added Early Decision II for the Class of 2015 and saw a “43 percent surge in the number of early decision applicants,” approximately half of which came from the Early Decision II program. By adding the second binding decision, NYU decreased the number of students accepted through regular decision and therefore decreased the school’s matriculation volatility.
A further list of ED II schools:

Lafayette
Weslyan U
Wake Forest
Pomona
Lewis & Clark
Sarah Lawrence
Harvey Mudd
Dickinson
Whitman
Occidental
Claremont McKenna
Swarthmore
Union C
Smith
URochester
Franklin & Marshall
Colby
Carleton
Vandy
Kenyon
Hamilton
Bates
Macalester
Bowdoin
Gettysburg
Mt. Holyoke
Bucknell
Reed
Colgate
Denison
Connecticut C
Oberlin
Wheaton (MA)
DePauw U
Middlebury
Skidmore
Vassar
Earlham
Scripps
Trinity C
Washington & Lee

Grinnell

Wellesley

George Washington

in fact 73 colleges on the common app offer ED II. 51 colleges offer Early action II. 172 colleges offer Early Decision I and only five offer Restrictive Early Action. But 231 offer rolling admission plans. What does your school offer? check the common app.

Early numbers round up

Courtesy of the Choice

Table removed as per request of the New York Times. You can follow along with the updates of early action at the Choice Blog.