Seniors at about this time, you are probably getting your college applications underway. There is an option to apply to schools who accept Early Action and Early Decision. What's the difference? Early Action means you are applying to a school that accepts early applications; however, if you are accepted, there is no binding agreement that you will accept and attend. In Early Decision, if you are are accepted, you are in a binding agreement to attend that college. You will have to withdraw all your applications to other colleges as a result of your Early Decision acceptance.
Note: UCs do not have Early Action or Early Decision policies. You would have to apply through regular admissions online between November 1-30th.
There are pros and cons to Early Action and Early Decision. Read on: http://www.collegeview.com/articles/article/does-the-early-bird-get-the-worm-the-pros-and-cons-of-early-actionearly-decision-in-college-planning