In the wake of anthrax-related scares that have delayed mail shipments across the country, some colleges are urging high school seniors to apply online to meet application deadlines.

Bowdoin College, for example, said students seeking early acceptance could avoid anthrax-related mail delays by filing applications by computer or fax machine.

The early-decision process, adopted by many elite private colleges, guarantees accepted students a spot in the incoming class. In some cases, colleges require students to accept or reject the decision immediately.

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