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Early Decision: myths and realities

By Katryna Swartwout Ryan on October 27, 2010

At Colgate we get many questions about Early Decision (especially this time of year!), so I thought it may be helpful to talk a bit about our policies here. First things first — we love our Early Decision students! The students who apply ED are indicating that Colgate is their number one choice, and their enthusiasm for the school is palpable. Early Decision is also an exciting time for us in the Office of Admission as it’s when we start to build our class, one student at a time. It’s fair to say that we give slight preference to Early Decision applicants. However, Early Decision will not make an inadmissible student admissible, but we do have more space available in the class at the time of Early Decision, so we have more leverage as to who we are able to admit. At the time of regular decision there is simply increased competition for the remaining spaces in the class.
It is also important to note that Early Decision is indeed an option for students applying for financial aid. Colgate guarantees to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, regardless of when they apply. An admitted student who applies for aid will have an identical financial aid package whether they apply Early Decision or regular decision. So with that said, we encourage you to meet some of our students who decided Colgate was their first choice here. You can learn more about our Early Decision application deadlines and requirements here. Thanks to a rolling ED II process, applicants who apply by January 15 have until March 1 to declare themselves as an Early Decision candidate. If you are considering Early Decision I hope this information is helpful! Whether you choose to apply next month as an ED I candidate or later in the winter as a regular or ED II candidate, we are excited to read your application!

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