Early Decision

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Early Decision affords students for whom Lafayette College is a clear first choice the opportunity to apply and receive decisions early in the admissions cycle. (Read an article about early decision by Robert Massa, vice president of communications and former interim dean of enrollment, in The New York Times.)

The priority deadline for Early Decision is Nov. 15. If your Early Decision application is completed by Nov. 15 and you have met the required financial aid deadlines (if applying for need-based financial aid), you will be notified of your admissions decision by Dec. 15.

If you decide that Lafayette is your first choice after Nov. 15, you still may submit an Early Decision II application until Jan. 15, or you may convert a Regular Decision application to Early Decision II until Feb. 1. In these cases, applicants will be notified of admission and financial aid decisions by Feb. 15.

A higher percentage of applicants are admitted under Early Decision than during the Regular Decision process because Lafayette gives preference to students who want to study and live here. Since we do not “run out” of financial aid in Early Decision, students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Also, academic scholarships are awarded during the Early Decision process.

Early decision applications are usually not reviewed prior to Nov. 15. First marking period grades must be received in order to complete a file before a review can be done. Applicants admitted under Early Decision must withdraw applications to other institutions when they accept the College’s offer of early admission. Students who apply for Early Decision should mark the appropriate box on page 1 of the Common Application form.

Early Decision applicants must download and complete the Early Decision Agreement form and secure the appropriate signatures to complete their application to Lafayette College. This form should then be returned along with your application or under separate cover.

Download Early Decision Agreement