What is Early Decision?

Applying Early Decision (ED) to Washington University indicates that you have made WashU your top choice for undergraduate education.

We encourage students to apply as ED candidates only if they are certain that WashU is their first-choice school. If you apply ED and are admitted, you must withdraw your applications to other institutions and enroll at WashU.

The Early Decision Plan

You may apply to only one college or university under a binding Early Decision plan.

If Washington University is clearly your first-choice school, we encourage you to apply under the Early Decision option. Early Decision candidates receive admission and financial aid decisions earlier than regular decision candidates. Academic scholarship decisions are not made until well after the ED notification date. You may apply for regular admission to any additional schools you choose; however, if you are admitted to WashU, you must withdraw applications filed at other colleges and universities. All ED applications must be completed by November 1, 2017. We will notify all ED candidates by December 15, 2017.

Your ED application is a binding commitment that you will attend WashU if admitted. Early Decision also requires that you submit a nonrefundable $200 enrollment deposit and a $250 housing application fee within two weeks of receiving your letter of admission and financial aid notification.

Early Decision candidates and their counselors and a parent or guardian must sign the Early Decision commitment statement on the application. If you are applying ED, you must have your counselor send us your first marking period grades in order to complete the application.

Some applicants not admitted under ED may be deferred to the Regular Decision application period for re-evaluation. However, some applicants may be denied admission.

Early Decision Deadlines:

  • Complete application due: November 1, 2017.
  • FFP or CSS-PROFILE due: November 15, 2017.
  • FAFSA due: November 15, 2017.
  • Academic Scholarship & Fellowship Applications due: January 5, 2018.

The Regular Decision Plan

If you are interested in Washington University, but are unsure whether it is your first choice, you should apply as a Regular Decision (RD) candidate. All RD applications must be completed by January 2, 2018. We will notify all RD candidates by April 1, 2018.

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