I'm somewhat opposed to early admissions for personal financial reasons, but I tend to think that colleges should have the right to admit students beforehand -- if only so they can see how much money they have to give out for financial aid.
Still, I can't help but wonder if it's a bad decision for the majority of the students who partake in it. Sure, you get into college a lot easier and sure it helps out the rich students at the expense of the poor who must shop around for financial aid at the end, but new research suggests that a lot of students who get in early ultimately regret their decision.
Traditionally, students applied early if they were sure they would enroll there. Adam Sapp, an admissions official at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., says that's still a good reason. But, he says, "perhaps this study will cause students and families to take more seriously the idea that (admissions) is more about fit than getting into (a selective school) four months ahead of their neighbor."