When you apply to a college or university Early Action you are submitting your application by a specific early deadline and will receive your decision earlier than regular decision, usually, though not always, before the end of December. Although you may be admitted early, you are not committed to enroll at that college. Yet, there are two types of Early Action:
EA Unrestricted – when you are free to apply to more than one college with “Early” plans at the same time.
EA restricted (REA) or single choice – when you are not allowed to apply to other colleges with “Early” plans at the same time (though usually with carve outs for public colleges and universities).
Always read the fine print of the admissions plan you are agreeing to before you sign and submit anything to a college or university.