Early Decision

Early Decision I Deadlines

  1. November 1

    Application Deadline

  2. December 3

    Financial Aid Deadline

  3. By December 15

    Decision Notification

  4. January 15

    Enrollment Deposit Deadline

  • Early Decision I is a binding program that allows you to learn of your admission decision early in your senior year.
  • The Early Decision agreement is required and must be signed by the student, parent/guardian, and school counselor.
  • Students can apply Early Decision to Oxford College, Emory College, or both. If you are accepted to both Oxford College and Emory College, you can choose which campus to attend.
  • If you apply Early Decision to both Oxford College and Emory College, and you are admitted Early Decision to only one of the campuses, you will need to pay your admission deposit to that school.

Early Decision II Deadlines

  1. January 1

    Application Deadline

  2. January 15

    Financial Aid Deadline

  3. By February 15

    Decision Notification

  4. March 1

    Enrollment Deposit Deadline

  • Early Decision II is a binding program that allows you to learn of your admission decision by February 15.
  • The Early Decision agreement is required and must be signed by the student, parent/guardian, and school counselor.
  • Students can apply Early Decision to Oxford College, Emory College or both. If you are accepted to both Oxford College and Emory College Early Decision, you have until the deposit date to choose which campus to attend.
  • If you apply Early Decision to both Oxford College and Emory College, and you are admitted Early Decision to only one of the campuses, you will need to pay your admission deposit to that school.

Is Early Decision right for you?

Who Should Apply Early Decision?

One of the most common questions we get this time of year is “Should I apply Early Decision?” As our November 1st Early Decision (ED) deadline approaches, many high school seniors are considering whether to make the binding commitment that goes along with applying ED. We hope to provide some direction on how to tackle this important question and some advice on whether to ED or not to ED.

Consider which application plan fits you best.
coffee cups with ED  and RD written on them

Early Decision Applicant FAQs

No. The exception to this is students who apply to both Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Oxford College under an Early Decision plan, as both colleges are part of the same university. You are free to apply to multiple colleges and universities under Regular Decision or rolling admission plans.

Students admitted under an Early Decision plan must withdraw any active applications from other institutions immediately. We strongly urge students to apply Early Decision only if there is no possibility of later breaking the Early Decision contract.

Binding means you are entering into a contractual agreement stating that Emory University is your first choice school, and that, if admitted with adequate financial aid, you will enroll here and withdraw all other college applications.

Emory’s Early Decision agreement is binding, so you cannot apply to any other school under a binding early decision plan or a binding early action plan. You can still apply to other schools under a nonbinding early action plan, rolling admission, or regular decision plan.

Yes. If you have filed the required financial aid application materials by our deadline of December 3 for Early Decision I or January 15 for Early Decision II, you will receive a financial aid evaluation before the enrollment deadline.

Full details about financial aid requirements and deadlines can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website.

Absolutely. You can opt in to be considered for scholars on your Early Decision application. Remember that the Early Decision I application deadline is November 1. (But the deadline for EDII and RD is November 15 if you also want to be considered for scholar programs.)

Scholar awards are not finalized until early April. If your decision to attend Emory University is dependent upon receiving a merit-based scholarship, you are advised to apply under Regular Decision.

Yes. You may change your decision plan through your application portal. The deadlines for changing your plan are posted there.