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West Chester University of Pennsylvania
(610) 436-1000
Messikomer Hall Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $5358
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $13396
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Public—State

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Immaculata University
(610) 647-4400
PO Box 642
Immaculata, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $24575
School Information
Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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Delaware County Community College
(610) 359-5000
901 South Media Line Road
Media, PA
Tuition
Full-Time Area Tuition Costs : $2160
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $4320
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $6480
School Information
Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—State and Local

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Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
(610) 566-1776
Media, PA

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Valley Forge Christian College
(610) 935-0450
1401 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $12040
School Information
Type of Institution : Four-Year college
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
(610) 399-2000
1837 University Circle
Cheyney, PA
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $5358
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $13396
School Information
Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Public—State

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Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
(610) 565-7900
800 Manchester Avenue
800 Manchester Avenue, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $9450
School Information
Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Penn State Brandywine
(610) 892-1200
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $11008
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $16798
School Information
Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—State-related

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Neumann College
(610) 459-0905
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $19742
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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Eastern University
(610) 341-5800
1300 Eagle Road
Saint Davids, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $22670
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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Early Action and Early Decision Admissions

By AdmissionsConsultants Inc.

It's hard to think of any aspect of college admissions that is more confusing than that of early admissions policies. Although early admissions programs are prevalent (approximately two out of three of the country's top universities and colleges offer some kind of early admissions program), the benefits and obligations involved vary from one school to another. Adding to the confusion is the fact that different schools use similar language to mean completely different things. Consequently, it is more important than ever for college applicants to make sure that they understand early admissions and early decisions options, in order to make informed decisions about whether or not it is in their interest to use them.

Early Decision vs. Early Action

Early admissions programs can be divided into two categories: early decision and early action.

Both programs involve an earlier application deadline than the normal admissions process does, and (as their names imply) earlier notification of admissions decisions. A high school student who already knows that she has been accepted to her top choice college can take chances she might not otherwise—for example, she might take a challenging college-level course that she would pass on if she were worried that her spring grades might affect her college applications. Another advantage, of course, is that she and her family have more time to plan for her move to college, and to arrange financial aid a...

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