Are you convinced that Lafayette is the best fit for you? If so, consider submitting an Early Decision application.

The deadline for Early Decision is Nov. 15. If your application is completed by Nov. 15 and you’ve met the required financial aid deadlines (if applying for need-based financial aid), we’ll let you know of an 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 can convert a Regular Decision application to Early Decision II until Feb. 1. In this case, you’ll be notified of our admission and financial aid decision by Feb. 15.

A higher percentage of applicants are admitted under Early Decision than under Regular Decision because we give preference to students who are enthusiastic about the chance to join the Lafayette community.  Full consideration is given to both scholarships and need-based financial aid during Early Decision.

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.

Download and complete the Early Decision Agreement form and get the appropriate signatures to complete your application. This form should then be returned along with your application or under separate cover.

Download the Early Decision Agreement form. (PDF)