38 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2009 Last revised: 25 Jul 2010
Date Written: April 2009
Early admissions is widely used by selective colleges and universities. We identify some basic facts about early admissions policies, including the admissions advantage enjoyed by early applicants and patterns in application behavior, and propose a game-theoretic model that matches these facts. The key feature of the model is that colleges want to admit students who are enthusiastic about attending, and early admissions programs give students an opportunity to signal this enthusiasm.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Avery, Christopher and Levin, Jonathan, Early Admissions at Selective Colleges (April 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w14844. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1372948
By Sam-ho Lee