This article was published in the Wall Street Journal on March 28, 2018. Unfortunately you need a Wall Street Journal subscription to access it or you can access it for free using Apple News. The author takes that pessimistic view that Early Decision is bad for students. I have the opposite perspective. If you know where you want to apply, then apply early and maximize your chances of being accepted. I applied early to Princeton and was accepted. After attending the school and meeting my classmates, I am almost certain that early decision gave me the statistical advantage I needed. At top schools like Princeton and UPenn, Early Decision applicants are two to three times more likely to be accepted than Regular Decision applicants.