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What Worms for the Early Bird: Early Admissions at Elite Colleges


Christopher Avery


Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Andrew Fairbanks


PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Richard J. Zeckhauser


Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

August 2001

John F. Kennedy School of Government Faculty Research Working Papers Series RWP01-049

Abstract:     
Early application programs have turned the college admissions process into a highly strategic arena. It is widely believed, but seldom acknowledged by colleges, that early applicants are favored in admissions decisions. This report is a brief summary of a book that will be published by Harvard University Press. We analyze admission records from 14 highly selective colleges, finding that early applicants are significantly more likely to be admitted than are regular applicants with similar qualifications. Our interviews with college students and high school counselors demonstrate a wide range of knowledge about the nature of early applications.

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Keywords: Education Policy

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Date posted: January 3, 2002  

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Avery, Christopher and Fairbanks, Andrew and Zeckhauser, Richard J., What Worms for the Early Bird: Early Admissions at Elite Colleges (August 2001). John F. Kennedy School of Government Faculty Research Working Papers Series RWP01-049. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=295569 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.295569

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Christopher Avery (Contact Author)
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Andrew Fairbanks
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Richard J. Zeckhauser
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )
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