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Admissions 101: Is early decision here to stay?

It's early decision anxiety time. A student walks on the University of Chicago campus which offers early action, but not early decision. (Tim Boyle/Bloomberg)

We don't hear those complaints much any more. The system has worked for many people. (All three of my children took advantage of it.) It gives colleges more control over their admission process. Do you see any unresolved problems? Should we accept early decision as an established practice, like use of the Common Ap, or are there flaws we are overlooking?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Guest post: A more relaxed approach to Early Decision

Jay Mathews is an education columnist and blogger for the Washington Post, his employer for 40 years.


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