Students who plan on applying early decision must begin working on their application essays and begin requesting recommendations very early on in the year. An important concern is to be sure that the student completes all of the admission tests (SATs or ACTs) before these early deadlines.
It's important to remember that a student must be ready to make a decision when the offer(s) from early decision arrive. Most colleges and universities will want a commitment prior to the deadline that is used for regular admission candidates. Students who are not accepted for early decision customarily go into the pool for consideration for regular admission.
Early decision plays an important role in the college admissions process today. It can be a wonderful option for the right student. The key is to look at the pros and cons and make the best decision possible about whether this choice is best for your child.