A college-admissions edge for the wealthy: Early decision
Dozens of prominent colleges fill a third or more of their incoming classes through early-decision applications, which prevent comparison shopping for the best financial deal and make it more difficult to get in during the regular admissions cycle.
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My Comments: My boy got into Cornell on Early Decision. I absolutely agree that you have to know and work the system a bit. Thee is definitely a game to be played and a secrecy to the sauce.