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Why you should consider applying for Early Action Admission

When you apply to college, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether to apply for Early Action Admission or Regular Admission. 

At Pacific, some programs require an Early Action application—namely the Pre-Dental Advantage Program and the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program. If you are applying to the Powell Scholars or the Pacific Humanities Scholars honors programs and want first-round consideration, you should submit an Early Action application. 

But even if you’re not applying to those programs, there are other advantages to applying early: 

  • You get a decision before the holidays
    At Pacific, if you apply by the Nov. 15 Early Action deadline, you will find out if you’re admitted by Dec. 20.
  • Scholarship opportunities
    There is more scholarship money available at the beginning of the application season than later, so it is possible your financial options could be greater.
  • Receive your financial aid package earlier
    Unlike many universities, Pacific sends your financial aid offer at the same time you receive your admission decision.
  • Early decision = peace of mind
    Learning whether you’ve been admitted allows you to enjoy the holiday season without worrying about your future at Pacific.
  • Special events
    Pacific hosts special events exclusively for early admitted students that help you and your family decide whether Pacific is the right fit for you.

Application deadlines  

Here are the important dates to remember when applying: 

  • Early Action: Nov. 15 
    Admission notification: Dec. 20 
  • Regular Action: Jan. 15 
    Admission notification: March 15 

Whether you decided on Early Admission or Regular Admission, you can use Pacific’s application or the Common Application. You can find both on Pacific’s undergraduate admission page

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