22 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2002
Date Written: August 2001
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.
Keywords: Education Policy
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=295569 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.295569