Tweet Early action and early decision programs are often confusing for many high school seniors. Both let you apply to college early, but they have some very important differences. In this post I’ll attempt to clear up some of the confusion by answering the most common questions about these two application programs. Important Note: Colleges vary in their early admission policies. Make sure you check the website of each school you’re applying to for its requirements. What is early decision? As I mentioned, with early decision you apply to college early, before the normal admission deadline. One of the benefits of this is that you find out early whether you’ve been accepted. The important thing to know about early decision is that you must attend the college if you’re accepted.