Early Decision

Is ED right for you?
Are you contemplating whether to apply Early Decision? Check out this blog post that provides advice to assist students with choosing whether to apply Early Decision or not.

Students who have selected Emory University as their first choice and wish to receive an admission decision early in the year may do so by applying for admission under one of two Early Decision plans. Both Early Decision plans are binding, meaning that if Emory admits you, and if Emory makes the education affordable, you must pay your admission deposit and enroll the following fall.

Students can apply Early Decision to Emory University, choosing Emory College, Oxford College, or both. The Early Decision agreement, required of all Early Decision applicants, must be signed by the student, parent/guardian, and school counselor. If applying to Emory College, Oxford College, or both through the Early Decision admission plan, the signatures on this agreement serve both campuses. Other than the application deadlines, there is no difference between EDI and EDII; the admission review process is identical for both options.

If you apply Early Decision to both Emory College and Oxford College, and you are admitted Early Decision to only one campus, then you will need to pay your admission deposit to that school. If you are accepted to both Emory College and Oxford College Early Decision, you have until the enrollment deposit date to choose which campus to attend.

Early Decision I (2018-19 Deadlines)

Application Deadline: November 1
Notification Date: By December 15
Enrollment Deposit Deadline: January 15

Note: Early Decision I applicants interested in need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and tax returns by December 3. Full details about financial aid requirements and deadlines for Early Decision I applicants can be found on the Financial Aid website.

Early Decision II (2018-19 Deadlines)

Application Deadline: January 1
Notification Date: By February 15
Enrollment Deposit Deadline: March 1

Note: Early Decision II applicants interested in need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and tax returns by January 15. Full details about financial aid requirements and deadlines for Early Decision II applicants can be found on the Financial Aid website.

Frequently Asked Questions about Early Decision

Can I apply early decision to more than one college/university?

No. You may apply Early Decision to only one college/university. The exception to this is students selecting to apply to both Emory College and Oxford College under an Early Decision plan, as both colleges are part of the same university. You may apply to other colleges and universities under Regular Decision or rolling admission plans.

If a student is admitted under the Early Decision Plan, they must withdraw any active applications from other institutions immediately. Please be aware that if a student does not abide by the Early Decision contract then they forfeit their admission and will not be able to enroll at a later date. We strongly urge students not to apply Early Decision if there is the possibility of later breaking the Early Decision contract.

What does “binding” Early Decision mean?

It means that you are entering into an ethical agreement stating that Emory/Oxford is your first-choice school, and if admitted with adequate financial aid, you will enroll at Emory University and withdraw all other college applications.

Can I apply to another college/university under an early action program?

The Early Decision agreement is binding, so you may not apply to any other school under an early decision plan or a single-choice early action plan. You may still apply to other schools under a nonbinding early action plan, rolling admission, or regular decision plan.

When is the enrollment deposit due for early decision?

The nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $550 is due by January 15 (ED I) or March 1 (ED II). Along with this deposit, we require a signed enrollment agreement that states that you fully understand the terms of your early decision admission.

What are the other possible admission decisions if I am not offered Early Decision admission?

The possible decisions resulting from an Early Decision application are acceptance, deferral to Regular Decision, wait list, or deny. For students deferred to our Regular Decision plan, notification of admission occurs by April 1. Under Regular Decision, you may apply to other colleges and universities. Students who are deferred to Regular Decision should send first semester senior grades from their high school and any new application information.

If the Admission Committee concludes that Emory/Oxford is not a good match for you, we will inform you of a deny decision with other Early Decision candidates. This decision is a final decision and you are not permitted to apply again under Regular Decision. (You may initiate a transfer application after competing one year of college work elsewhere.)

Will I receive a financial aid award prior to my deposit deadline?

Yes, if you have filed the requisite financial aid application materials by our deadline of December 5 (ED I) or January 15 (ED II), you will receive a financial aid evaluation before the enrollment deadline. Full details about financial aid requirements and deadlines be found on the Financial Aid website.

Can I apply for the Emory University Scholar Programs as well as be an applicant for Early Decision?

Certainly. You should be aware, however, that Emory University Scholar Programs awards are not finalized until April. If your decision to attend Emory University is dependent upon receiving a merit-based scholarship, you are advised to apply under Regular Decision.

Can I change my application from Early Decision to Regular Decision?

Yes. You may change your decision plan through your applicant portal. Deadlines for when you must change by are posted in the portal.