What is Early Decision?

Early Decision (ED) is an application process offered by the University of Rochester. It is designed for first-year applicants who are certain Rochester is their first choice school. By applying ED, you are entering a binding agreement committing to Rochester if you are admitted. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Early Decision.

You should apply ED because you are certain that Rochester is the right school for you, and because you believe that the opportunity to study what you love and participate in research in a global environment will allow you to reach your full potential.

  1. Submit your application by November 1.
  2. You, your parent/guardian, and a school counselor must complete and sign the Early Decision Confirmation Agreement in the application portal you’ve chosen.

No; you can only apply Early Decision to one institution.

In recent years, we have seen a higher number of students apply and gain admission to Rochester through Early Decision because, in large part, they have demonstrated an understanding of Rochester and the unique opportunities available. It’s not that they gain admission more often because they applied ED; it’s that the type of student more likely to gain admission is the type of student to apply ED.

All applicants to Rochester are eligible and automatically considered for merit scholarships.

Rochester is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for all incoming first years. (See below for more information on financial aid.)

ED applicants are notified earlier than Regular Decision applicants, in December.

If admitted ED, you are required to enroll at Rochester and withdraw any applications submitted to other schools. If denied ED, you will not be reconsidered with the Regular Decision pool. However, a few ED applicants’ decisions may be postponed and will be reconsidered for admission along with the Regular Decision pool.

Yes, but note that you will be applying ED to Rochester, not ED to the Professional Degree Programs. There is no Early Decision option for the Professional Degree Programs. 

Financial Aid & Early Decision

We know that for many students, cost is a significant factor when deciding where to attend college. We strive to provide information in advance that can help you understand your options for affording the investment of a Rochester education. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about financial aid and Early Decision.

Yes! We have two calculators that give you an estimate of how much aid (and which types of aid) you may qualify for. Keep in mind that this is just an estimate and it does not take into account all financial situations; for example, if your family has a business or noncustodial parent, the estimate may be less accurate.

No. Early Decision applicants receive the same consideration for financial aid as Regular Decision applicants do.

For the 2015–2016 academic year, 85% of first years received some form of financial aid.

You submit the same forms that a Regular Decision applicant would submit—the deadlines are just a bit earlier. Submit the FAFSA (school code 002894) and CSS PROFILE (school code 2928) by December 1 to be considered for need-based financial aid. Both forms are available beginning October 1.

It will be emailed to you in late December, about 5–10 business days after your admissions decision.