This time of year brings a slew of headlines trumpeting the arrival of decisions for those who applied under early action or early decision plans. But if you're a student who opted to take advantage of the additional time afforded by applying regular decision instead of applying under an early plan, you may feel you have cause to worry.
Among the stories about the record numbers of early applicants, here's one of the media's favorite memes every year: “The college you’re applying to has ﬁlled half its freshman class with early decision applicants!”
If you've read headlines like this and worried there won’t be enough room left if you are applying under regular decision, throw that thought in the circular file underneath your desk along with other forms of media madness.
This is a case where the numbers can be deceiving.
The question is not how many seats are being taken up in the class by applicants who applied under early decision. The question is, what percentage of the school’s total admission offers is already gone? It sounds incredible, but it’s true that even when half the seats are ﬁlled with ED applicants, fewer than half the acceptances have been given out.