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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 Early Decision candidates only if they are certain that WashU is their first-choice school. If you apply Early Decision 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 dates. 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.

Your Early Decision application is a binding commitment that you will attend WashU if admitted. Early Decision also requires that you submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit and a 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 Early Decision, you must have your counselor send us your first marking period grades in order to complete the application.

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

Early Decision II

Fall 2019 applicants will have the opportunity to apply to our new Early Decision II round. We have added ED II because we believe offering multiple decision plans provides students with the opportunity to apply to WashU when they are ready. We are committed to providing equal access to financial assistance regardless of the decision plan selected.

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.

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