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​Early Decision

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

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As an ED or ED II candidate, you agree to enroll at Syracuse University if admitted to your preferred college. You may apply to other colleges and universities under a standard or early action plan, with the understanding that you will withdraw these applications if admitted to your first choice program at Syracuse University. ED candidates are typically notified of their admission decision prior to January 1 (by early February for EDII applicants).

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.

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 soon after receiving your admission decision.

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 one of our highly-ranked learning communities. 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 choice or alternate college/program, 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 and submitting by mail, by fax to 315.443.3423, or scan and send to