​Early Decision

If Syracuse University is your first choice, consider applying for Early Decision (ED). 

As an ED candidate, you agree to enroll at Syracuse University if admitted to your preferred college. You may apply to other colleges and universities through regular decision, with the understanding that you will withdraw these applications if admitted to Syracuse University. ED candidates are typically notified of their admission decision prior to January.

The Early Decision deadline is November 15.


Why Early Decision?

Your application will stand out
The University appreciates and recognizes your commitment to the institution. Plus, there is a much smaller pool of applications for Early Decision compared to Regular Decision.

There’s a greater chance of admission
The admit rate is higher for Early Decision. You have the opportunity to list a second and third choice of college/program on your application and are guaranteed to be reviewed for your second and third choice.

You’ll receive full consideration for financial aid
All Early Decision applicants receive the same consideration for financial aid and merit scholarships as Regular Decision applicants. Should you be admitted, you’ll receive your financial aid award by January.

You’ll have a decision earlier
Get the application process out of the way and enjoy the rest of your senior year! Save on application fees—if you’re admitted you don’t have to submit applications to other schools.

Apply earlier to residential Learning Communities
Every year more freshmen request to live in a Learning Community. Acceptance into a Learning Community is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early Decision students have early access to the housing application.


Important Information

Early Decision is binding, but only if you’re admitted to your first choice of college/program. If you’re admitted to your second or third choice, you’ll have until May 1 to reply to the offer of admission. As noted on the ED Agreement, if you apply for financial aid and are not offered an award that makes attendance possible you may decline the offer of admission and be released from the ED commitment.

Early Decision Agreement: Submission of the ED Agreement can be done electronically through the Common Application, or by filling out the agreement [PDF, 55KB] and submitting by mail, by fax to 315.443.8427, or scan and send to orange@syr.edu.