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 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.
Early Decision and Early Decision II are 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 [PDF, 97KB] and submitting by mail, by fax to 315.443.3423, or scan and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.