10 Colleges Where Applying Early Increases the Chances of Getting In

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Applying to college through early decision or early action can help students gain admission to their favorite school.
But not all schools offer these programs. In fact, just about one-fifth of universities offer early decision and nearly one-third offer early action, according to a report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
Applicants applying early decision or early action for fall 2014 were accepted at a 63.5 percent rate, according to 242 schools reporting data to U.S. News in an annual survey. Among those colleges, the regular decision acceptance rate averaged 49.6 percent, a difference of 13.9 percentage points.
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Florida Memorial University gave the biggest admissions bump to early applicants in fall 2014. The institution admitted 96.7 percent of early applicants that year while accepting just 17.8 percent of regular applicants. The University of Tulsa and University of Arkansas followed close behind.
Some colleges, including University of South Carolina and Binghamton University—SUNY admitted fewer students from their early applicant pools than their regular decision group. South Carolina admitted 64.9 …