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Early Admission Returns to Princeton and Harvard

Last week Princeton and Harvard each announced the return of their early admissions programs. Early admission has not been an option at either school since 2006, when the institutions decided to cancel their programs at the same time.

Princeton and Harvard stopped offering early admission with the hope that it would allow students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds apply. The institutions also expressed expectations that other colleges would follow suit; however, only the University of Virginia did, and only for a brief time. Last year the UVA began to offer its early admission program again.

In its daily newspaper, Princeton said that instead of reinstating a binding early decision option, which was offered from 1996 to 2006, it will offer a “single-choice early action option.” That will give students who are offered early admission the option of waiting to reply until the spring, and to learn about financial aid options.

“We have carefully reviewed our single admission program every year, and we have been very pleased with how it has worked,” Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman said in a University press release that was quoted in the Daily Princetonian. “But in eliminating our early program four years ago, we hoped other colleges and universities would do the same and they haven’t.”

In the Harvard Crimson, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith is quoted from a statement saying that trends have shown that “underrepresented minority students, were choosing programs with an early-action option, and therefore were missing out on the opportunity to consider Harvard.”

For students planning to apply to Princeton or Harvard – it means that the option of early admission has returned, and this time, without a binding enrollment agreement. Now, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford offer non-binding, single-choice early action programs.


This article is titled, “Early Admission to Return to Princeton and Harvard.” It was written by Marta Casey, a writer at Top Test Prep’s team.

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