catswym -- this one is due so early because i'm applying early decision! Once I decided on my first choice, and looked at the prices on applications, and the stress of doing them all, and the advantage of applying for scholorships/financial aids/assistantships if you apply early, I thought it would be the best route. If I don't get in, I'll know before other applications are due, and I can still apply to more places for next year come February. This one application, when it gets right down to everything including transcripts, grade reports, application fees etc... is going to cost me close to $100. (And this is a state school! you'd think it'd be cheaper) I'd rather not spend $500 on applications to five school when it could go towards tuition and books next year.