Admissions Officer Advice: Should I Apply Early Action or Early Decision?
Join us as Former Admission Officer, Amber Lewis, shares her insights on whether to apply early action or early decision.
2022-01-11 Admissions Officer Advice: Should I Apply Early Action or Early Decision?
[00:00:00] Okay. Hi everyone. Welcome to CollegeAdvisor’s webinar on, should I apply early action or early decision. To orient everyone with a webinar timing, we’ll start off with a presentation. Then answer your questions in a live Q and A on the sidebar. You can download the slides and you can start so many of your questions in the Q and A tab.
Now let’s meet our panelists. Hi everyone. I hope you guys are doing well. I love to say it’s nice to see you and meet you, but in lieu of that, it’s nice to know that you guys are present. So, as it says there, my name is Amber. I did graduate from Stanford university class of 2018. My major was international relief.
My minor was Spanish and Portuguese called monitored languages. So a combination of two languages. I love people. I love interacting with people. I love the ability to be able to speak and interact. Cross-culturally so that’s a little bit about myself. I’m from Georgia. If I have any people from Georgia here as is Mackenzie, so we’re excited to be [00:01:00] here.
Um, and then just also, I’ll be speaking mostly from my admissions office perspective tonight. So I am, um, I did have a couple of years in the admissions office as well. Um, and I’m really excited to be able to share insights that I gained there. And specifically speaking to the early action early decision, and also regular decision.
Just speaking about the early the application decision plans and contextualizing that a bit more for you as you begin to move into and prepare for that college application journey. Um, so again, just want to thank you McKinsey for moderating tonight and excited. Great. So we’re going to start off with a quick poll.
So what grade are you in? Eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th. There are other, and other can be a, you’re a transfer student taking a gap year, or if you’re a parent and while we wait on those answers to roll in Shannon, can you tell us a little bit about, um, your admissions experience with, um, applying to Stanford?
Interesting nickname. I liked that, but actually, yes. So my admissions [00:02:00] experience, um, it was, so that was in 2014. Honestly, I wasn’t that familiar with the college application process. I wasn’t even aware of Stanford. I didn’t know Stanford existed until my sophomore year. Um, so a lot of it was just learning.
I went to my guidance counselor. Um, I had really good coaches, so I was running track that encouraged me to apply and just help me. My parents helped me with finding resources. That’s one thing that I’m going to emphasize is just use your resources around you. Um, but yeah, I remember what the essay writing process, it was kind of fun.
Um, Sanford asked some pretty different questions, um, and it caused me to be insightful and reflect which I appreciated. Um, but it was really just a real, like all the way through the application process. I was really excited. That was the only time the first time I’ve cried now happy before, but that was the first time I ever cried happy when I received that admissions decision.
Um, but it was definitely a process. And we’ll be speaking to the decision making process behind when you’re going to apply what factors to consider. Okay, great. And [00:03:00] sorry. I was thinking, oh, okay. So it’s looking like, um, we have 0% are eighth graders, 7% of ninth graders. 28% are 10th graders. 48% are 11th graders, which makes up the majority 8% are, um, 12th graders and 10% are other,
okay. Now we’ll be going. Awesome. So jumping right into it here on the slide, you’ll see the two main admissions umbrellas. We’re going to be focusing tonight on that first umbrella so early, and then there’s also regular decision, but under the early umbrella, you’ll see a lot of acronyms and big letters there that I’ll be breaking down and diving more into tonight.
Um, the first one EA is for early action. That’s general early action. And I’ll dive more specifically into each one in the upcoming slides. Then the REA S CA that’s restrictive or single choice early action. As the name implies, it’s a bit [00:04:00] more restrictive than early action. And then we have early decision, which is the most restrictive of all the early application deadlines.
You’ll also see occasionally ed too, and I can go a bit into that later as well. Deadlines for that early umbrella are typically going to fall in October, November for ed to when you do occasionally see that that’ll typically be around January one, which is the normal, regular decision deadline, but it is binding.
And I’ll go into what binding means as well. Then we have our regular decision umbrella. So the majority of students are going to be applying regular decision. That’s the decision plan that, you know, students you might’ve heard are rallying around all their applications and rushing to get all their applications.
Then that’s usually the January 1st deadline. Because again, that’s when the majority of students are applying. Typically during this decision plan, there are no major stipulations or restrictions that simply when most students apply. Now, that deadline is going to be predominantly January 1st, but you might also see some deadlines in December, some January [00:05:00] 1st through fifth, 15th.
They might even go as late as March. So it’s really, really important for you to look into the schools that you’re specifically interested and see the deadlines that applies. They can differ from school to school. And even within those schools, they can differ from year to year. So on the next slide, we’ll go a bit more into this specifically.
Alrighty. So thank you. Um, so again, moving from least restrictive to the most restrictive, we’ll start with general early action or EA. So EA is non-binding and we’re going to start by defining terms. When you hear non-binding, that specifically speaks to the decision you’ll have to make, or you won’t have to make it speaks to the fact that if you get admitted, you don’t have to apply to that institution.
You don’t have to, excuse me, you don’t have to attend that institution. You’ve already applied. Congratulations. But if you’re admitted, you won’t have to go. So that’s early action, some examples of general early action schools that you might’ve heard of MIT, the Ohio state Spelman college, [00:06:00] um, which has both early action and early decision deadlines, as well as UVA and then UN.
Now, moving into a bit more of a restrictive to your application program. We have single choice early action, restrictive early action. They’re interchangeable. You might hear restrict a really action more so it’s still non-binding. So again, if you get admitted, you don’t have to attend the difference here is that, and I’m going to break this down and emphasize this a couple more times.
Cause sometimes they can get a bit confusing. So if you apply restrictive early action, I’ll just use the acronym. Now, if you apply REA to you can apply to other public institutions early and you can apply regular decision to additional private universities. So for example, if I apply to my Alma mater Stanford early, then I can also apply regular decision to Notre Dame.
And you can also typically apply to foreign institutions and military programs as well as public universities, [00:07:00] uh, early, if you do restrictive. Now going into the limitations, if you apply restrictive early action to Stanford. So let’s say I apply early to Stanford. I could not also apply early to any private universities.
So sometimes figuring out which application programs do and don’t harmonize can be kind of like a Sudoku puzzle, but I’ll give another example to try to drive this home. So we know MIT is general early action, and we know that Stanford has restricted early action. These two schools would cancel each other out early.
So I wouldn’t be able to apply to both. I could only apply to one of these schools, not because of MIT is restricted and it’s because of Stanford’s restrictiveness and here under, um, the single choice of restrictive early action. You’ll see that Georgetown has a little asterisk, so on their website. And this is a prime example of why it’s really important to look specifically into what the school says on their website.
They’re going to list themselves as early. But if you look more specifically into what that means for that school, it means [00:08:00] that they do not allow students to apply to other schools E D so early decision, which is the decision plan I’m going to get into next. If you apply early action to Georgetown, you can apply early action to another school.
So I could apply to Georgetown and MIT early, but any, you could even apply to other schools R D but they are very specific about if you apply early to Georgetown, you cannot apply early to another. Um, you can not apply early decision to another institution as it’s binding. And so it’s really important to read that fine print when you are looking into applying early, um, and look at their restrictiveness, um, any contracts and you find crane again, that might apply to that.
School’s early application. And so finally moving into early decision, which is the most restrictive. Um, and we’ll get more into the details about pros and cons later in the application for applying to each of these. So with early decision, it is binding. And so now what that means is if you decide to apply early to.
You are going to that school. So [00:09:00] once you are admitted, you have to withdraw all other applications and attend that school. Some examples of commonly heard of ed schools, there’s Boston college, brown Cornell, which, which, um, McKinsey here, she goes there currently to get any more information about that. Um, but also again, we have Spelman college and UVA, which are both EA and early decision here.
Also, I make, there’s a point here, um, that there’s ed one and ed two timelines. So each Boston college, for example, is one of those schools where you might see ed, you want to, 82, 82 is a lot more rare. And the deadline again is going to be closer to January 1st, but it is still binding. And so again, it’s important to look at each school to see what options they offer and what’s going to work best.
And why that’s most important is violating any of these schools early application policies and guidelines could ultimately lead to your offer of admission if you are admitted, admitted to be rescinded. So you do want to be sure that you’re, if you’re applying early [00:10:00] all of your school’s application guidelines operate in harmony with one another, again, that’s, that’s a docu puzzle that you’ll be working on.
Um, proverbially speaking. So if you’ll move to the next slide, um, we’ll ask answer another commonly asked question. Does applying early affect a student’s chances of being accepted? It absolutely can. Um, a very common and understandable question for many students applying early. Uh, there can be really important financial aid implications and scholarship opportunities that are available to you if you apply early.
Um, and some schools have significantly larger acceptance rates early versus regular, which we’ll get into more, a bit in a moment. Um, but it is also important to count the cost depending on the restrictiveness of that early application program. So some schools okay. Ed and REA schools is going to be a high cost high reward situation.
And I’ll explain more about this on the next slide.
So let’s think about this from the admissions perspective. [00:11:00] Why do you think in the minds of admissions office that it would be, it would affect your admissions chance to apply early versus regular? Well, think about it. It’s not just about you from their perspective being accepted, but they also care about yield.
So we understand students, parents that this college decision is another step towards investing in your child’s future. That’s what matters to us, but what’s important to them in the admissions office is that they admit an incredible class of amazing students and that those amazing students come to the university.
So while it requires more commitment on our behalf, students, again, parents, if admissions offices can be more certain that an incredible student will accept their offer. They’re going to be more likely to offer that admission. They often have certain enrollment targets they have to meet. So that’s an important perspective to consider from their perspective.
And now just using an example, because I like to use examples to drive points home, let’s say you decide to apply to university of [00:12:00] Pennsylvania or you pin early decision because that’s the early application program that they offer. That means, again, reiterating the point. If you get accepted to U Penn early decision, you are going, one of the costs that is going to be considered is that again, if you’re accepted, that’s where you have to go.
And you’re going to have made that decision before you received important information like your financial aid package, which may be more or less of a factor depending on your situation, but that is a factor to consider you’re committed. And it’s very, very difficult to back out of that commitment. Um, again, because you have to attend that also means that if you apply early to other institutions or will really, that’s the only option because you’ll have to withdraw your application from other schools that you applied to.
You have to go. That means if you want to attend another school more badly than this one, it doesn’t matter. Um, and so that’s another thing that you want to consider. I understand that you’re 16, 17 years old when you’re coming around and applying, and that you could change your mind. So you’ll want to ensure that you really are committed to this school when you decide to [00:13:00] apply to a school early decision.
And so on the next slide, I’ll start to get into the pros and cons of early decision early action. And of course, regular decisions starting with now the most restrictive to least restrictive. So a couple of the prompts, the pros first, yes, there is a likely increase in the chance, the overall chance of.
As previously discussed. If you decide to apply early decision to a school, it is technically going to increase that likelihood of admission. And I want to give an example of that hopefully can drive this home. So according to the 20, 20, 20, 21, common that dataset Cornell university and Ethicon New York shout out McKinsey, they saw a 24% acceptance rate, early decision, as opposed to their 9% regular decision acceptance rate.
Now, I do want to contextualize these numbers a bit. I don’t want it to just be for the shock factor. Keep in mind that while the acceptance rate is greater early decision and restrictive early action, single choice early action. The number of applicants [00:14:00] applying early versus regular decision is also much smaller early versus regular.
So all the acceptance rate seems to drop dramatically. And it does. We also have to remember that the difference between the number of early decision and early applicants versus regular decision applicants at a school can differ in the number and the amount of tens of thousands of. And then early applicant pool typically is going to see candidates who really have dotted their I’s and cross their T’s.
That school is their number one choice, and they support more overall competitive applications as a group, as compared to the regular decision pool. Again, just sheer numbers and preparedness are, are two important factors that factor into why that is the case. Now the second point again, if you, if you are admitted, you get to, even if you’re not admitted, you do get your admissions decisions earlier than most of your peers by applying early.
So that means if you’re accepted, you get to relax for that couple of weeks or so. In between the time you receive your early admissions decision, usually by mid or late December and the regular [00:15:00] decision deadline, where most of your friends, your friends might be in a frenzy preparing to submit their January regular decision application.
Now notice that doesn’t necessarily mean you will. Um, as you still may have other schools that peak your interest, and you may still want to try your hand in applying to those schools, regular decision as well. I also want to emphasize this notice that I said you can relax after you receive your early admission acceptance.
Notice. I also said that this decision will typically come around mid December. This is a few weeks after you will be, will have submitted your early application. So if you’re reading between the lines of what I’m saying, you realize that I’m not saying to relax after you submit your early applications, no matter how qualified you are as an applicant or how strong your application is.
An admissions decision is never guaranteed, especially given the impacts of COVID that COVID has had on class enrollments. So unless you get the official green light that you have received admission, please do not let off the gas pedal in terms of the college application process, whether or not [00:16:00] you apply.
And so on the next slide, we’ll get a bit into the cons the potential cons of applying early decision and much of this is perspective based and depends on your context and your situation. So first, early decision is, as we’ve discussed binding. Now, again, I like to reiterate points to make sure that I drive them home.
What does binding mean in terms of defining terms? It means that if you get accepted to that school, you are committing to go, you will assign the contract. You’re going to that school. That’s not necessarily con once you’re committed, you are committed. You don’t necessarily have the wiggle room and flexibility to change your mind, which again is completely understandable if you would change your mind, but that is the trade-off you make in terms of guaranteeing a greater level of certainty for a positive admissions decision is again, I say certainty very, very lightly, but at least accepting a greater chance of admission and a higher likelihood of that positive admission.
Now another potential con is that inability again, to compare better offers from other schools. So that’s why I want to stress that if [00:17:00] you are applying early decision to any school, please be sure that you would not be sad about not having the opportunity to attend elsewhere. If you did get accepted elsewhere early.
Now, this should be one of your top schools, if not your top school choice, if you apply early decision. So now we’ll move into early action, starting with the pros, moving to the cons. So unlike early decision now we’re moving less restrictive, early actions. Not binding again. If you apply that doesn’t mean you have to go and if you get accepted them, it doesn’t mean you have.
Now it’s non-binding. And again, this means that if your set did great, um, specifically speaking to restricted, really action and single choice early action. Now you have the option to continue applying. If you want, see where you get in and do your investigations to determine the right fit for you, or you can be done.
Now, if this is truly the school you see yourself attending, you really can be done. Of course, you can always apply for scholarship money to offset any costs, not covered by grants or [00:18:00] financial aid. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re done with the process, but you can be done with the application process.
But the greatest benefit with applying early on a non-restrictive basis is that you have the flexibility to choose what you do. Next you’ve been proactive. You’ve worked hard to get your ducks in a row earlier than many of your peers. And now you get to reap the fruit of that. And again, moving back to the REA S CA um, there is a likely increase in chance of admission specifically with this.
So again, I’m going to go back to a data example. Again, according to the 20, 20, 20 21 common data set, the RDA acceptance rate at Harvard university was 14% as compared to the 3% regular decision acceptance rate. So it’s not an insignificant difference, but another benefit of applying early action is that again, you’ll receive admissions decisions earlier.
So you’re going to see a couple of these points be redundant, um, depending on the admissions decision and your satisfaction with those results. You may even again be done with the whole application process before the majority of your peers. [00:19:00] And finally, if you apply early action, there’s a chance that you could be considered for more scholarships.
So many schools offer scholarship opportunities for which students can only be considered if they apply. Again, I love examples. So for example, at Georgia tech, um, applicants who wish to be considered for the stamps president’s scholars program, which is a four year full ride institution, specific scholarship must apply early action to be considered for that scholarship.
Now, I really do encourage you guys, even as underclassmen and parents, to start to explore your schools of interest more deeply starting now, as you’ll find likely certain opportunities are unique to specific schools and the sooner you become aware of these opportunities, the more prepared you can be come application season.
Now, of course, we have to look at both sides of the coin, some drawbacks, potential drawbacks, at least because again, they’re not necessarily going to apply to you. It’s, there’s a lot of factors that go into consideration, but one potential drawback of applying early is the timeline of the sat and [00:20:00] act score returns, depending on when you’ve taken that last test.
So let’s start off with setting the right expectation. First, remember if you plan to apply early to a school, those deadlines will typically be in October or November. So if you’re not happy with your earlier test scores and you want one final shot at either test and you’re applying early, the latest you should test to ensure your scores are received by your schools of choice is September.
And certainly no later than October of that application year, but that said, and a test optional year and potentially a couple of tests optional years to come, if not a permanent shift, again, that’s a conversation that’s being had in higher ed. Even this possibility won’t necessarily negatively impact you.
That’s going to depend on your application strategy and whether or not you decide to submit test scores at all. And then a second potential con to applying early action has to do with your time in. So scheduling. So ultimately senior year can take on an especially rigorous tone with your [00:21:00] coursework, additional responsibilities commitments you might have outside of the classroom, all of that in addition to your college applications.
And that can certainly an understandably feel like a lot of pressure all at one time, but that won’t necessarily change if you apply earlier regular. So regardless of when you apply it, doesn’t hurt to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later, if you can. And then finally moving into the second umbrella and the most common and popular umbrella, regular decision.
So you’ll see there there’s one bullet point there in terms of the pros of applying regular decision. That doesn’t mean there’s not other benefits, but the largest benefit of applying regular decision is time. Again, this really is a matter of perspective if you’ve already invested time researching the eight to 12, 10 to 15 schools or so that you might be applying.
And mapping out a timeline for your application preparation, those deadlines, aren’t going to sneak up on you. And that’s another huge perk of working directly with an advisor, [email protected] I have to put a plug in there. I think we have wonderful advisors [00:22:00] and our advisors can help work with you through the steps leading up to and through the ultimate college application process.
And I personally recommend getting started with your college planning and mapping by around the second half of your junior year and at the very latest, the very latest the summer before your senior year. Now, of course, there’s no harm in getting started earlier than that, but starting earlier, I will acknowledge doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be ready.
One of those huge caveats or something that can throw a wrench in the application process is the college essay writing process. As it can sometimes be somewhat unpredictable and you might want to give yourself a few months to start, take a break and then be able to come back to them as their writing.
Isn’t quite like algebra where there’s one answer. It’s not X equals Y there are multiple ways to come to your final product, your final essay and multiple versions of that final product that can successfully embody who you are to an admissions office. So ultimately if the early deadlines come along and you’re just not feeling confident about how well the essays capture [00:23:00] the essence of who you are, what matters to you and how a school would be compelled to admit you, you can always fall back on that regular decision deadline that said again, slipping to the other side of the coin.
That means that you may be dealing with limited space and increased competitiveness if you decide to apply regular decision. So while some schools may pledge to reserve most of their class sides for the RD applicants, and that might be true in terms of size. The fact of the matter is that most students apply during regular decision deadlines.
So while they may accept more students in quantity, again, going back to an earlier point made oftentimes the admissions rates, the acceptance rates for RD versus EA are actually significantly lower, especially with REA, but that is also the other consideration in terms of financial aid, depending on the institution you’re applying to when they are available aid, their financial aid policies and guidelines, you could be dealing with limited financial aid opportunities.
Now this again, is that depending on the school, but many schools and especially schools that do [00:24:00] not guarantee meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need, they’re going to have fewer resources available to students by the time regular decisions come through. And I do want to take this note because I think it’s just fair while this session is primarily focused on the different application deadlines and that we know that there are many factors of the application process that are directly interwoven, and I’d be remiss to not at least reference you to where you can find more information specifically about financial aid, especially considering that financial aid can be impacted by when you apply.
So if you do want to get more in-depth information about financial aid, I’d really encourage you guys to check out this upcoming financial aid masterclass that called advisors offering it’s being hosted this upcoming Sunday, January 16th at the same time as this presentation. So 5:00 PM Pacific and 8:00 PM Eastern time.
But I really do encourage you to get your wheels turning and starting to think about financial aid applications. Have the opportunity to ask those open questions that you have.
[00:25:00] Alrighty. And I do believe that now it is time for another poll. Yes. So, um, we are asking where are you in the application process? So haven’t started, I’m researching schools, I’m working on my essays, I’m getting my application materials together, or I’m almost done if you’re really lucky. And I did apply early decision to Cornell and then early action to Howard university.
So that was a very fun time submitting on Halloween. Um, but yeah. Uh, so, uh, Amber, can you tell us a little bit about what you saw in the admissions office with, in terms of like early versus regular? Yes. So, and this was something that we had to explain. You’ll actually notice if you do go to the common data.
You’re not going to see Stanford report their numbers anymore. And that was intentional decision that was made I believe around the year that I graduated. Um, but they wanted to stop releasing their admission numbers because it just felt like something intimidating that scared people out of applying and that wasn’t their goal.[00:26:00]
Um, but in terms of the students that apply early versus regular, there is that shift is not as significant as the numbers that were given in the presentation in terms of the difference between, um, students admitted restrictive early action and students admitted regular decision, but there is a huge, uh, I shouldn’t say huge cause there’s still, there’s still a decent, um, a strong actually one of the strongest, um, acceptance rates from students in terms of yields, in terms of students who decide to apply, um, and decide to attend Stanford, whether they apply restrictive early action or regular decision, but there is a significant.
Majority of students who, if they apply restricted, really action, they decide to come. Um, so again, that kind of goes back to that point of why does it benefits the schools, um, to accept students early, more than they accept students, at least proportionally regular decision. And it’s because there’s a greater chance of that yield.
Um, but yes, we saw significantly lower interim, like tens of thousands, lower of applicants early. And those [00:27:00] applications were typically stronger because these students were confident in their application. They knew Sanford was the number one choice. Um, so it’s ironic then the acceptance rate looked higher, but the process was even more competitive in terms of the strength of applica.
Um, restrictive early action. So that’s, it’s, it’s one of many factors. Um, I think I was sharing this with you earlier, before the presentation Mackenzie, but I love most of us love to see things in black and white. Um, but a lot has to deal in the gray. And I know it takes more mental energy to process what’s in the gray, but the fact of the matter is a lot of, a lot of admissions information, a lot of information.
And in many of your fields, parents, um, feels in the gray. So that’s, that’s just some context that I can offer in terms of what I saw, um, for students applying early versus regular decision at Stanford. And yes, and if you’re applying, um, with a lot of my clients with, um, they want it to go to HBCs or to schools with a lot of merit based aid.
And applying earlier for those types of schools is usually better just because you get better scholarships, you get more money. And [00:28:00] even sometimes, um, for specific scholarships, schools have earlier deadlines that they call priority deadlines, which is different from early action and early decision kind of, but it’s pretty much the same thing.
And it is looking like we have 23%, haven’t started 53% are researching schools. 5% are working on their essays. 9% are getting their application materials together and 10% lucky them are almost done.
Awesome. Um, and so as we finish up this presentation, I just want to make a couple of notes, how you, as students can figure out the best course of action for yourself. Again, that’s the topic of this presentation. Learn more about those schools of potential incidents interest. You’ll hear me beat this drum so much.
Do your research in terms of figuring out which application deadlines will be most beneficial for you. I want you to, I want to encourage you to take the time now to prepare for this journey, by [00:29:00] investing into learning about the places you may want to attend college. Could you consider the places that you’re looking home for the next four years?
It’s a question you might want to ask yourself and figure out where you want to go and why then you’ll be better equipped to determine which deadlines are the right fit for you. Given these implications that we’ve just discussed and your goals as it relates to those schools. So the higher up of school is on your list.
The more you may want to consider their early options, that is something to consider. That’s it, you may also find yourself doing a bit of an early application, again, Sudoku puzzle of sorts. And that leads me to point number two, which is be sure to cross-reference the levels of restrictiveness and the specific policies for your top choice schools, early application plans.
Because as we’ve discussed, some schools will have more restrictive early application deadlines than others. And you’ll want to be sure that by the time application season rolls around, you’re aware of which schools you can and cannot concurrently apply to. And even specifically look into schools, even if it [00:30:00] says early action, look at their fine print because they may not be the general early action or early to sit in or restrictive early action that you were accustomed to.
So look at the fine print. Going back to the example with Stanford again, remember Stanford offers restrictive early action. So could I apply to Stanford and MIT? We know if I I’m confident you’ve been paying attention. So, you know, the answer is no, and that’s because Stanford’s restrictions only allow for me to apply to other private institutions, regular decision, um, excluding military and foreign institutions, but public institutions are always fair game regardless of the application period.
So if you’re working or looking to work with one of our advisors, again, I do want to put that plug out there, [email protected] I would suggest looking into that as an option by your students junior year and ideally no later than the summer before their senior year. And in terms of last advice, last information that I want to leave with you before we go into Q and a.
So it won’t be the last information I give. [00:31:00] Um, but what are some things that you can consider in terms of deciding between early in regular round apple? So you see there with a giant exclamation point, use your resources. Like I said, that’s a drum that I’m going to continue to be along with other advisors you may have.
So do your research, use your resources, whether it’s asking old classmates and friends who have gone through the process or going through it now pick their brains about the application process itself. And for students who are already attending college, ask them questions about where they attend college.
I have a piece of wisdom that I hold on to from my dad and I frequently use, and I believe it filters into most things that we do, but experience is the best teacher. It just doesn’t have to be your own while your parents love you. And I definitely want the best for you. They likely won’t have the most recent experience with going through the college application process.
And many thing have many things have changed and they continue to change over the years. Talk with the students. Who’ve been through this before. Talk with people who’ve been through this before recently, of course, an often under utilized resource, talk to your school guidance counselor. If you [00:32:00] have one, you’d be surprised just how helpful they can be.
And I’ll admit from personal experience. Even I was reluctant to go to my school guidance counselor. Um, I felt like I had too much going on. I didn’t really know her and I didn’t really know what additional advice or help she could offer me. But I will say that you won’t know what you’re missing until you do try and reach out to that resource.
It’s there for you. The best part is that with the school counselor, they’re free. So don’t overlook such precious resources that live right in your backyard. Proverbially speeds. And of course ultimately when considering whether or not to apply to any of the early action programs, you’ll want to be sure that again, your eyes are dotted, your T’s are crossed that increased chance of admission won’t necessarily benefit you.
If your application is lacking in potential strength that could be made up for by January 1st. So it’s not necessarily always the best idea to apply early. It’s certainly worth having that discussion with counselors advisors to help you contextualize the best application plan for. And of course you’re already on the ball [00:33:00] just by coming to this presentation, but this is one of many that called advisor.com offers.
And even just for the month of January, as I referenced that financial aid webinar, that masterclass is coming up soon, please feel free to tune into any other college in any other of these webinars. These masterclass sessions will you’ll have former college applicants, advisers, and former admissions officers like myself, giving you inside scoops and information.
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So, thank you. Um, I believe at this point we’ll be taking questions and answers and I don’t want to turn it back over to, um, McKinsey. Yes. And I’m just going to keep my camera for bandwidth. But so that is the end of the presentation part of the webinar. I hope you found this information helpful and remember that you can download the, um, the slides from the link [00:34:00] in the handouts tab, moving on to the live Q and a I’ll read through your questions you submitted in the Q and a tab and read them aloud before at panelists gives you an answer as a heads up, if your Q and a tab, isn’t letting you submit questions, just make sure that you, um, join the webinar through the custom links into your email and not from the webinar landing page or the website, just because you won’t get all the features of big marker.
So yeah, just make sure you join through the customer link in your email and we will get started. And if you were having trouble seeing the slides, this webinar is being recorded, so you will be able to view it at a later time. Okay. Okay. So, um, the first question is asking can early access be applied, um, into, um, military academies, such as the air force academy.
Yes. I’m sorry. Can you repeat that one more time? I heard most of it. I can, um, early well, I’m guessing early action. Um, B can you apply early action to military academy such as the air force? Yes. So that’s something that I would look specifically. I’m not [00:35:00] necessarily going to not necessarily going to be the best resource for school specific or institution specific questions.
I might have some institutional knowledge, but I’d encourage you. That’s something that you should be able to find pretty easily. If you go. Yes. And for any military academy, especially west point, most of them are going to ask you to have a reference from your governor or some sort of state officials. So, and you need that by your junior year.
And really the application process for military academies happens in your junior year, um, with you getting prepared for it. So, um, you may want to look into that additional information when applying, especially if you’re already a senior. Thank you. So my next question, it’s all important. Contextual information, Mackenzie.
Uh, why would anyone apply early decision if it restricts flexibility? In other words, what is the advantage of applying early decision? Yeah, that’s a great question. So that’s kind of why I emphasize the point when you apply early decision, be sure that it’s your [00:36:00] number one school. The biggest advantage would be that you have a higher, there is generally a higher acceptance rate, early decision.
So there is a better chance, statistically speaking, that you might get admitted. That’s the biggest benefit. So that’s why I say, if it’s your number one school, then you should consider it. But also if there are other schools that you’re really keen on attending, and if you’d be sad that you had to go to this app, this school versus another school, then I don’t suggest early decision is the best fit.
And, um, I applying early decision for Cornell Cornell is my top choice. So that’s why I ended up choosing that. But Howard was also, the school was always talking about and they happen to have early action. The one sad thing about after applying, I was a bit sad because everyone else was getting like a million acceptance letters from a bunch of schools when they did regular, but that didn’t really matter in the end, but Howard ended up giving me a full ride and Cornell gave me a lot of money, but not [00:37:00] a full ride.
So that was something I had to give up coming to Cornell though. It was worth it in the end, just because they had more of what I was looking for. Yeah. Those were definitely important factors to consider. Thank you for providing. Uh, okay. Is there a certain percentage or number of people that can be accepted earlier?
Regular, such as if 10 people apply early and 10 people have been, have to be accepted with the college, have to take all 10. People are only like 10 or 20% from the early, like, do they limit the amount of people they accept an early? Yes, I think I see what you’re saying. And if I’m understanding your question correctly, that’s going to depend institution to institution.
Um, so some schools will specifically reserve a certain portion of acceptances for regular decision. Some schools will tell you, um, that they reserve the predominant, um, space, most space in their app, in their incoming class for regular decision. Um, that said, again, even if that’s the case, you still might see that disproportionate acceptance rate.
[00:38:00] So keep in mind, it can be a difference in terms of tens of thousands, where there might be 8,000 applicants, right. Restricted, really action early to. And that could be 40,000 applicant’s regular decision. Um, so while they’re saving more in quantity for the number of students, there’s way more students applying.
So it’s going to be much more tight in terms of how many quantity-wise students they can accept. So again, that’s going to depend institution, institution, um, if they reserve a certain number of spots for making the decision, or if they, um, have rolling admission, for example, um, I know that that can be a common question.
It’s just, it’s truly rolling admission the earlier, um, you apply whenever until, and that school will continue to receive, um, applications until they reach their enrollment target. In which case they cut off and the best case scenario, the best strategy there. So apply as soon as it’s as strong as possible.
Um, but moving back to your question in terms of, um, just if they’re reserving a certain amount of space or if, um, yeah, for regular [00:39:00] Cision or early, that’s going to depend, um, institution to institution. So if that information is available, I’d encourage you to start sport. It might not be available. Um, but just know that yes, there, there is a greater proportion is a greater rate of acceptance early.
Um, and there’s a greater portion of people applying regular decisions. So that’s why the rates going to look like. Um, so real quick, um, once work one-on-one with an advisor from a T our team of over 155 advisors and admissions officers sign up for a free consultation with us, um, by critiquing the green sheet, by going to CollegeAdvisor.com and clicking the green chat button in the bottom, right of the screen from there, just write in consultation and a live team member will get back to you to help coordinate your free consultation with us.
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And the best thing to do is just to get an advisor who you can ask all these detail questions with and really map out the best plan for you. Our advisors are very experienced. A lot of them go to the top schools you’re looking for or went to or worked in admissions. So I’d really recommend signing up for CollegeAdvisor to really be able to tailor your, um, college admissions process, um, to your needs and your wants and figure out these, um, specific questions about what you should do, but going back to the Q and a.
A lot of students are asking will getting differed from early affect your regular decision chances. Yes, very first question. Um, and again, this is where most of my answers are going to come into the gray, which is frustrating, but bear with me. So if you are deferred and let’s even say early decision first again, and [00:41:00] I made this point of presentation, but want to drive it home, if you apply early decision, or if you apply early decision and you’re deferred first, that restrictiveness is lifted.
So you can apply anywhere. You don’t have to go. If you’re admitted. Now, what that means is you’re being considered alongside the rest of the regular decision pool. That also means is that the school wasn’t quite sure they might’ve been on the fence about you. Um, in terms of your competitors, they could have loved you, but they just might not have been sure if they had the space, there are a number of factors, um, that could go into why you were deferred, but that does mean that they still are considering.
And sincerely considering you’re in. So one of the things you can do, if you are deferred and we encourage you to do is to send some form of a letter of continued interest and show that you still are interested in going to the school. I’ll tell you from experience. Oftentimes we’ll refer when looking at, uh, an applicant that was, um, that was the first.
We want to see that there is that stated interest. We want to see going back to getting in the mind of admissions. [00:42:00] We want to see that there’s a good chance that if we offer you admission, you’d come. So you want to give as much evidence to the admissions office that you’re still strongly interested in the school, even though you were deferred as you can.
And so when being considered with the regular decision pool, your application will be looked at again, whether the regular decision pool, they’re going to have context from, from your former application. The last thing you want is for when they bring your application up again, to have no new information, because that might not push them either way.
If anything, they might have to given the huge quantity and influx of applications, regular decision, they might have to let your application go. They might have to send you, they might not be able to accept you. So you do want to be able to send them new information that could work in your favor in terms of increasing your chances of admission.
So things like letter of continued interest, sending updates. If you’ve gotten any new awards, if you have any new accomplishments, you’ve got papers published, whatever it is, just give in a sense, give you the initiative, the office, some ammunition to be able to fight for you to be able to advocate for you.
And that. [00:43:00] So, uh, going on to another question, um, with how competitive the regular application is, um, there are two really good questions here. Uh, one student is asking one, should I start preparing for, um, early. And another question was, um, what’s up factor that would increase your chances of getting accepted into, um, early admissions.
I think those sort of go hand in hand. Okay. Um, can you repeat the first question? I have a lot of thoughts. Uh, when should I start preparing for early applications? So when you should start applying, one of the things that I, um, recommended was starting usually around, um, your junior year, the latter half of your junior year, and definitely no later than your senior year.
Um, one of the other things that I said was starting earlier doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be ready earlier, but I highly encourage you to start earlier so that you have those few months, again, to be able to write your essay. If you get frustrated, you can walk away from them, work on other aspects of your life and then come back to them.
Plus, keep again, I [00:44:00] know you’re present with yourself day to day, but you’re growing a lot as a 16 as a 17 year old. So you might come back a month later or a few weeks later, or even a couple of days later, and you might have some new ones, spirit new experience, new insight to add to your essay. So I’d definitely say as, as hectic as junior year can be.
Um, I definitely would encourage you to start no later than junior year to start reflecting. Excuse me, on your experiences, reflecting on your activities of interests, what matters to you? What your passion is? Those are the topics, understanding yourself that are going to be able to best equip you in terms of preparing to respond to the essay prompts.
So the best thing you can do in addition to searching for the schools that you’re most interested in getting a sense of what it’s like to go to those schools, once you’ve narrowed it down, that you’re, that you’re most interested in, um, in terms of preparing for the application and that time consuming aspect of essay writing start to be reflective, take some time to journal, um, connect the dots for the various interest in the [00:45:00] experiences that you’ve had, get to understand your own profile in a sense.
Um, that’s one way that you can prepare. And again, I’d say to definitely start by your junior year. Um, so that, that summer, because that summer can be pretty hectic. You might still be doing an internship in addition to getting ready for, um, college scholarships, you might have a job. There are a lot of things that you could be doing.
So. I’m going to keep circling back, start your junior year, but these are various ways that you can start. Um, and I, and I’d encourage you. You can start earlier. So even your sophomore year, um, if you want to start thinking about different activities, that line up with your interests, that could show schools, that you have commitment, you can be dedicated to certain causes for an extended period of time.
You can make an impact. Um, if you want to start thinking about that as early as your freshman and sophomore year, that’s great, but for the, um, more tangible aspects of the college preparation process, so preparing for essays, um, and preparing, looking at schools that could be most interesting to you. Um, I see that start around a junior year.
And then the second question, the second question [00:46:00] was what, uh, what factors would increase your chances of getting accepted into, um, the early. Yep. So this is another question that I love. Um, it’s a, it’s a black questions, a white question, but it’s, there’s not, there’s no straightforward answer to that. Um, so things that you can do to increase your competitiveness or the strength of your application, if you apply early is make sure that your transcript is as strong as it’s going to be.
So if you had, let’s say a couple of BS or CS or something, um, yours that you ended your sophomore year with, maybe want to hold off and apply regular decision to show that if you’re doing better, your first semester, junior year or first quarter junior year, maybe you want to reign to a regular decision so that the admissions office can see that you have an upward trend in your grades.
Um, or maybe you took a test later, then they’re going to view the sat or act. If you’re applying with a test, um, then you’ll apply. Too late for it to be viewed early. Maybe you want to wait until regular decision. So some things that you can do to strengthen your application to make it as strong as [00:47:00] possible for early is make sure you take the, if you’re applying with a test to standardized tests, so act or sat, make sure you take it in time for that score to be considered.
Um, make sure that your transcript, I mean, this is something that’s going to be over time. Not. Junior year. This is something you can look at now as a freshman, it makes sure that your transcript, your applicant, your transcript is strong. And what I mean by your transcript, this strong is you’re not only taking classes that challenge yourself, but you are doing well in them.
So I will say it is not a worthwhile trade off to take seven APS and your first two or three years, and to do poorly in the majority of them, a school wants to see that you’re challenging yourself, but also that you’re doing well. So whatever balance that looks like, whether it’s taking one or a couple of AP or honors courses, depending on where you’d like to go to where you would like to go to school, how selective the institutions are that you’re looking at.
Um, just be sure that you have a good balance of rigor. Um, and you know that you have the capability to flourish in those classes. And this is [00:48:00] where it’s really good to talk with advisors. Talk with your guidance counselor in terms of being able to determine what you can handle and how you can succeed.
Um, so there’s your transcript. In terms of, yeah. Preparing for early application, making sure that you have test scores, if you decide to apply with a test, um, make sure that they’re ready and viewable by that early application deadline. So the school can view it. Um, those are two huge things. And then just with regards to the essays, making sure that you started early.
So really your junior year in terms of, um, in terms of being reflective and preparing content for your essay, just starting to reflect on yourself so that when you’re addressing these prompts, you can come at it from a more, um, well-developed and profound, mature perspective. So those are, those are three things that you can do in terms of setting yourself up to have the strongest version of an application and present yourself in the strongest light that you can come early, decision early application restrictive, really.
Yes. And I just wanted to add one thing, but in, with early applications, you do have to ask for [00:49:00] letters of recommendation earlier. So you really want to make sure that you have some good connections, either what your junior year teachers, or you had a really good start with your senior year teachers. So if you don’t feel like you really had a great connection with your junior year teachers, especially if you are more virtual, um, then maybe applying regular could be better.
Um, just because you have the whole first semester of your senior year to build a relationship with them. Um, otherwise then it may be a bit harder to find a recommendation and you have to ask sooner. So you gotta make sure that ask them in time. Uh, and then the other thing is, um, if you’re applying, if you want to apply early or regular, you have to make sure that you meet the requirements of certain schools.
So like what I’d recommend is going with the school, um, that has the highest requirements of all your school. So like, uh, Georgia tech requires students to have, um, a high level of calculus, um, when applying. So, um, A lot of people from my school, weren’t able to get into Georgia tech, even though they did the IB program because they didn’t take the [00:50:00] calculus version of the course.
Um, so, uh, making sure that you have those requirements, you took the right courses and you meet those actual admissions requirements first before, um, even looking at the other stuff is very important because you may need that extra time to really build up your portfolio. Okay. Absolutely. And I want to build off of those points, especially with the letters of recommendation.
So yes, you should be starting. Both of those points actually are things that you should be doing as underclassmen. So if your freshmen and sophomores watching this great, um, in terms of letters of recommendation, start to build those, um, start to build those relationships as a sophomore, just be aware. Um, I think I saw a question in the chat asking if you can use a sophomore letter recommendation for, um, for your application, that depends on the school, but you might see that schools often prefer teachers from your junior year.
Um, so that it’s closer. It’s a closer reflection. The time that you spent with that teacher was closer to who you could be now. Um, but some [00:51:00] schools will accept sophomore year letters of recommendation. I definitely encourage you not to necessarily use that as a recommendation from your freshman year, but with COVID there might be exceptions.
You might want to email the admissions office. Um, just to be sure there, I feel like, um, what was the sec, there was a specific course exactly. Uh, with the courses. So yes, that’s something. Thank you. But you’ll definitely want to do, um, as a freshman and as a sophomore, because that’s when you’re building out your high school transcript and.
That’s when you’re building out your transcript in the future and freshman year is typically if a school is going to show grace in terms of looking at your transcript, they’re going to show grace in your freshman year. So be sure to set yourself up for success, um, in terms of the schools that you could potentially be interested in making sure that you have those requirements.
So thank you. Those are great points to bring up McKenzie. Thank you. And there is another webinar on, um, what courses, what underclassmen should be doing, um, throughout their application process. If you wanted more specific information and then we will have another webinar on what you should be doing throughout high school on Thursday, actually.
Um, [00:52:00] so another students asking, can we choose not to attend to college if we do not receive the required financial aid in early decision, I guess, and that’s a great question. And I was going to speak more on this. Um, but I took that point out. So, and I do want to address it though. I was just on the fence.
Because it matters the way that I frame this. I said that it’s very difficult to back out of an early decision commitment. If there is going to be any chance that you can, um, back out of an early decision commitment, financial aid would typically be the rounds that you could potentially make that case for yourself.
Um, but I do want to emphasize that that is one thing that should be considered if you apply early decision. And even if you’re concerned about this, like the school is your number one choice, but you’re really not sure if you’re going to be able to afford it. Even with the financial aid of the school, please feel free to reach out.
Um, you can email the admissions office. I know when our admissions office, we daily responded to questions, um, whether we could address them or we would refer them to the appropriate department that could address their questions. [00:53:00] But that’s a question that I’d definitely encourage you to, um, ask the school specifically question, especially if you’re struggling as that is the only factor that’s really limiting your decision making in terms of applying early decision, um, versus regular.
And if you see any questions in the chat that you want it to get to, please feel free to answer them. Uh, as I scroll through, uh, there are a lot of, um, good questions asking about, um, uh, where did it go? Um, asking if pretty much you can get out of an early decision application, kind of like what you were saying now, but if it didn’t have to do with financial aid, yes.
Again, this is going to be school specific, but I will say the best expectation to carry into an early decision early decision decision is to expect for it to be very hard. And I expect not to be able to. You can also look at the paperwork. So early decision really is like a contract, if not, it’s a contract.
Um, so you will receive additional paperwork if you will, uh, that you’ll have [00:54:00] to sign early decision, read that fine print. Um, see what it says. If you have additional questions after that, again, feel free to reach out to the, um, admissions office. But I would say not to go into early decision expecting to be able to back out if it’s a possibility it’s not something that you should expect.
Um, but it might be an expect and might be an exception. And, uh, another student’s asking, do private schools give scholarships in the case of early. To private schools, we have scholarships in the case of Lily decision. Um, yeah. So that’s going to, again, yeah. That’s going into the Penn institution institution.
Um, I’m trying to remember the top of my head is Georgia tech is public or private. Um, and they do have exactly yes. Cause there’s that president scholars program. That’s a four year institution specific scholarship. So it’s going to depend, um, some schools, for example, um, Stanford does not offer merit based aid.
They’re very strong about that. They’re not typically an Ivy league, but they’re considered a top tier school [00:55:00] and they are a private institution. They’re not going to offer. A based on that, but schools like Georgia tech specifically offer that, um, stamps presidents, um, scholarship that is four year that’s.
Um, yeah, yeah. That’s institution specific. And that it’s, um, it’s only available to students who apply early action. So that’s going to be another question that’s going to depend and depend on your specific research. And, um, you’ll want to ensure that the schools you’re looking at, you look at what they say about what they offer.
Did you have anything to add? Uh, for me, like most of the IVs and a lot of top school, well not, I won’t even say top schools, most all of the IVs and then Stanford, and then, um, liberal arts schools. A lot of them have like needs-based financial aid, which means that it’s based on your parents and your income level.
Um, so those don’t really worry about like your. What your merits would just help you get into the school with other schools, they have merit based financial aid and or [00:56:00] scholarships that they give to students. So, like from Howard, I got a full ride of scholarships applying early action, and I had a great application, but then also applying early action, they had more money to give to me.
So that’s why I was able to get more money. And then some schools have specific deadlines like Georgia tech or like, um, George Washington university or Purdue. They have priority deadlines to get more scholarship money. It really just depends on the school. If they offer scholarships or financial aid, whether it’s merit or based.
Um, you have to look at the specific school for that information and. These two questions. Oh, sorry. These two questions are kind of similar, but one student’s asking is showing interest in a score early on in high school. Something that colleges look favorable on during the early admissions or regular admissions.
Another student was asking a lot of schools are like sending those letters that they send when you have good grades. And one student had something really specific, um, from John Hopkins [00:57:00] asking, um, the admissions officers reached out to them saying, do you want to switch to the early decision pool instead of being in the regular decision pool?
Um, and they were asking if that’s something they should consider. Is that like a good sign? Wow. Okay. So going to the first, well, actually addressing what you said second, that is interesting. Um, I, that is not something that I have experienced with, um, full disclosure. So if I know that if a. So, for example, at Stanford, if a school is offering, um, they might send some explicit information about like, wow, we really liked your application, et cetera.
Like if they’re explicitly telling you that, then yes, you can see that as a good sign. If they’re asking you to apply early decision versus regular decision, I might ask follow up and ask, um, see what they’re willing to tell you. Um, cause the worst thing that can tell you is that they can’t tell you more information or you, you just really don’t learn anything.
But the best thing that can happen is that you get more context in terms of making that decision. So if they’re, if this is something that’s an email blast that they send to their students, then maybe you don’t want to, and it’s not your [00:58:00] top choice school. And you’re concerned about various factors in terms of early decision made.
You don’t want to, you don’t want to take that cue, but if it is something that you find out and it’s specific to you and your merit, and it is a good sign, then that’s something that you’ll want to take into consider. Um, but the first question and goodness, um, can you repeat the first part of the question?
So the other question was asking like, um, was asking about gray, uh, showing, um, like, um, demonstrated interest. Um, what was your interest in if that’s a good decision? So that depends on the school. Um, I will say there are some schools who will tell you, they do not consider demonstrated interest. Um, and there are some schools that do personally, I’d say early on it, it may not be much of a factor.
So your freshman, sophomore, junior year, it may not be much of a factor, but it can be still considered and it can be pulled and add it to your file. Um, if you’re, if you’re registered as a prospective applicant at that school, um, that said your senior year, even for institutions that say they don’t consider demonstrated, um, interest, [00:59:00] I think that go, I just want to make this point, that goes kind of out the window if you get deferred.
So that’s a different consider that differently. So, um, if they say they don’t consider demonstrated interests. If you’re asking questions and showing interest early on, just just know that you’re getting information, that’s not necessarily going to factor into the decision made, but if your differ, um, and you’re showing, um, and you, you continue to reach out and, and show them straight in inches, then yes, that is something that’s going to be considered.
I just wanted to make that distinction. Um, also I just saw this question. I do want to reference you to this wonderful resource, um, about, um, a good source to find out, um, what institution, uh, just more information about scholarships. If you go to scaly, um, to wonderful, wonderful, um, app that was developed, um, you’ll be able to develop a specific profile, um, and it will match you, um, based off of your profile with scholarships that are most applicable to you.
Great resource. And I highly recommend it when looking for scholarships. Yes. And as we [01:00:00] close out the webinar, I just want to add one more thing and then you can close the floor. I think that’s, this housing goes out. A lot of students are asking about like specifics about schools or like their requirements or what they should be doing.
My top recommendation is to go to the school’s website and find out more information then asking admissions officers at the school about your specific cases. And then also going and getting support as, um, Amber brought up from your school counselor from CollegeAdvisor, from wherever. Um, but the first part of some of these questions are questions that can be answered on the website and you can always get the best answers from admissions officers at the school.
And any last things you want to say, I just thank you again for your time and attention. And I really think you wrapped it up quite nicely, McKinsey and McKinsey. So if there’s any other questions, um, feel free to especially school specific, look it up online, um, online, go to the [01:01:00] school’s website. Um, feel free to peruse all the webinars that are available on call advisor.com.
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If that hasn’t been said, I know we’re in the 11th day of the year, but happy new year. Yes. And thank you, Amber, for this one for presentation. Thank you everyone for coming out. I hope you found this information helpful. Um, and remember this webinar is being recorded. If you want to watch it again and you can do.
Um, slides from the link in the handouts tab. Here’s the rest of our January series new year, dinner, me figuring out how you can improve your chances of, um, getting into college and really navigating the admissions process. Since a lot of you are just starting it and we will have more webinars addressing this.
And next month we will be having a webinar on how to research schools properly. [01:02:00] So if you’re confused as to how to research these specific schools and find your best school, please do look out for that one and come with your questions. So thank you again, everyone for coming out and good night, take care.