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“When it comes to college admissions, how early is too early?”

From the New York Times Friday:

"Last year, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the association of guidance counselors and admissions officers that sets college recruiting standards nationwide, voted to forbid colleges to make admissions offers before Sept. 15 of a student’s senior year. The policy, which is to go into effect next year, was an effort to keep college admissions anxiety from creeping down to ever-younger students." NYT/Tamar Lewin

“What I have seen in the last 12 years in this position is mounting pressure on students and families,” said Diane Freytag, a college counselor at the Overlake School, a private school in Redmond, Wash. “They are made to feel that the earlier, the better, and what often happens is that they make choices that are not well thought out. I think students need the extra time to consider their options. But I know, when I worked on the other side, in college admissions, there was a feeling that the early bird catches the worm, that students who get an early offer are more likely to accept.” full article

What do you think? Can it ever be too soon to commit to a college?

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