I know we’ve talked a lot about the Early Action (EA) process, but I want to take a moment to focus specifically on the Early Decision process. Although the application deadline for Early Decision was a month later than the EA deadline (December 1 vs. November 1), we will be turning around decision letters for both groups at the same time. Since Early Decision is a binding process requiring a student to commit to PC if they’re accepted, it is a much smaller group of applicants than the EA pool, allowing us to get the review completed in a much shorter time-frame than the EA application process takes.
Early Decision applicants will receive one of three decisions: invite, defer, or deny. “Invite” is great, of course, and means you’re one of the first official members of the Class of 2019! Students who are invited via the Early Decision program will need to submit their Enrollment Reservation Form and enrollment deposit by February 15th (this information will also be included in the acceptance packet). One of the nice things about Early Decision is that the process is complete much earlier than applying at other deadlines… but remember, we’ll still want to see your transcript at the end of your high school career, so you’ll want to finish strong academically!
A small number of students will receive a “defer” decision at Early Decision, and will have their applications reviewed again within the Regular Decision pool. In many cases, the reason for this defer is that we need to see more information before making a final decision, usually in the form of additional academic work from the student’s senior year. Students who have their applications deferred from the Early Decision pool are no longer bound by the Early Decision contract, and may choose to enroll at another institution even if they are ultimately accepted to PC as part of the Regular Decision process.
Unfortunately, we’re not able to invite every student at Early Decision, and some students will receive a deny decision letter in the coming days. Regardless of the application deadline a student chooses, academic preparation for PC’s curriculum is critical, and therefore we aren’t able to take everyone who applies at the Early Decision deadline. For students who do receive the deny decision, it is the end of the process for them at PC – they are not able to reapply in the Regular Decision pool.
Hopefully, this information helps all of you who chose to apply Early Decision to better understand how the process works. Stay tuned – all of our letters (Early Decision and Early Action) will be hitting mailboxes soon!