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1900 North Keene Way Drive
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: (541) 842-3670
Fax: (541) 842-5206
Contact: Dan Smith, Principal
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Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm



Early Commitment

Early Decision Commitment: 5 Signs that Youíre Not Ready
by By Kathryn Knight Randolph

 
Are you read to apply early decision? Here are five signs that you're not.

By now, youíre probably familiar with early decision deadlines in the admissions process. And if youíre not, itís a pretty simple concept.
If you apply early decision to a school by submitting your application before the ED deadline, you are letting that college know that if you are accepted, you are 100% committing to that school. Essentially, the decision is binding and a submitted application is your way of saying, ďYes, I am definitely attending this school if Iím accepted.Ē
It may seem like a tempting option, especially when more students than ever are waitlisted or rejected from their first choice schools during the admissions process. But early decision isnít for everyone. In fact, itís for very few.
5 Signs that Youíre Not Ready to Apply Early Decision
You have a second favorite school.Is there a nagging whisper about your second choice school in the back of your mind? It may not seem like it, but November to January or February, when regular decision deadlines occur, is plenty of time to change your mind about your first choice school.
If youíre applying early decision, you want to be 100% sure that youíre ready to commit to that school because once you are accepted, there is no backing out.
Your grades for this semester are looking up.First off, congrats! Way to give senioritis the cold shoulder and demand more from yourself this last year in school. Second, the fact that your grades are outstanding will not only impact your GPA but could possibly have a positive effect on your merit award money. Cha-ching!
Check out your scholarship matches and apply now.
Submitting your application now with a lower GPA could mean getting less in scholarships from your school of choice. So if your grades are on the upswing, consider applying in late December or early January. It could make a thousand dollar differenceÖor more!
Your college decision depends a lot on financial aid.Nearly every college student has to consider cost when making his or her final college decision, and if you want the ability to compare financial aid packages, then early decision isnít for you.
A more expensive college might surprise you with their large financial aid package. Or that state school might be the more practical option when compared to others. In sum, donít lock yourself into paying for a school that might be financially unrealistic Ė allow yourself to have options if you need them.
You just took an interest in this school.You know what they say, ďItís easy to fall for a campus in the fall.Ē Maybe you toured campus at the beginning of October and it was love at first sight.
Donít let your initial wanderlust for a school cloud your thinking. If it was that easy to fall in love with a school, it could be that easy for the school to fall off of your radar.
You have never visited the school.Hold up Ė are you crazy?! You need to really know a school if youíre going to commit to an early decision deadline. If you havenít ever visited the school, how can you be 100% sure that itís the right fit?
Before you make any final college decision, you should visit the college campus. Tour the grounds, meet with an admission officer, sit in on a class and maybe even spend the night in the dorms with the current freshmen.
Bottom line, you need to be sure of what you want when applying early decision. If your gut is holding you back; there is a reason. Just wait for the regular deadline.



549C Medford School District  

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate
with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.


Medford Public Schools 549C recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society and our community.
It is the policy of the Medford School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
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