Harvard will be ending its “early action” policy in which high school seniors could apply early and find out their decision by December 15. Obviously, like Wesleyan’s own “early decision” program, these kids are given an edge in admissisons as they have already pronounced to the school to which they are applying that if accepted, they will matriculate.
The debate involving the early action is that it favored wealthier students who did not have to weigh financial aid packages (which are typically offered in the spring) before choosing a school and they were getting a leg up in elite admissions.
I’m personally glad Harvard is doing this. It’s a good move and soon other schools will fall in line.