YCBK 290: Hillary Dickman explains how Early Decision 1 differs from ED2

In this week’s episode you will hear

Introduction :

  • Mark shares six Higher Ed updates on topics as wide-ranging as Rick Singer, Hillary Clinton, Ron DeSantis, US News and World Report and Columbia University
  • Mark interviews Hillary Dickman, the Assistant Director of Admissions at Colorado College on the topic of how the Early Decision 2 round is different from the Early Decision 1 round

Preview Part 1

  • Hillary shares the various jobs she has had in education before transitioning to admissions
  • Hillary shares why schools usually have a higher ED1 admit rate vs the weaker ED2
  • Hillary shares how the Early Decision 1 (ED 1) applicant pool differs from the Early Decision 2 (ED2) pool
  • Mark and Hillary discuss a few other reasons why schools usually have a lower acceptance rate for ED2 vs ED1
  • Hillary explains why there is a higher admit for Early Action vs Regular Action

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  • Great discussion Mark! I’m really interested in the emergence of ED2. I wonder what (if any!) benefit ED2 provides to a student. My gut sense is that ED2 is a good way for the college to boost their yield rate but it’s not clear to me if applicants get any advantages over applying RD. From my perspective, students may actually be limiting themselves by applying ED2 since they won’t have the chance to compare packages, etc. when the spring results are released. Wondering what you think?