[quote="vanwinkleWell, if you're new, I'm glad I can give you guidance on all this stuff before it's too late!
"Blanketing" means applying to all the schools you can in a particular range. For instance, "Blanket the T14" means "apply to all the T14 schools". It's a shotgun approach to applications, with the idea being that the more good schools you apply to, the more likely you are one will take you. This is usually only recommended with people who are hard to predict (like splitters, or URMs) because if you have more normal numbers and stats then you can easily tell where you're likely to get in and throwing money at a lot of apps is a waste.
ED means applying Early Decision. Early Decision is binding
; you can only apply to one school ED at a time, and if you get in you are committed to attending that school. Some schools are more willing to accept a splitter ED than they would RD (Regular Decision), so this is something that can increase your odds of acceptance. ED decisions are given back more quickly than RD decisions, hence the term "Early Decision". [/quote]
I don't think I am an URM. I am considered a Native-Hawaiian Pacific Islander, but there's debate on TLS as to whether that actually qualifies as being an URM. Do you think going "Early Decision" can help? Would it help my odds at say... at T14 school? Moreso than at a T30?