Early Decision

Every year many students who know St. Lawrence is their first choice apply Early Decision - often referred to as applying 'ED.' The application process is complete sooner for students who are admitted ED as they receive their decision letters generally within two weeks of completing their application file. They can then begin planning for their St. Lawrence University college experience.

Our priority deadline for ED begins on November 1 - we begin reviewing completed applications on this date. Students who decide later that St. Lawrence is their first choice can commit to ED at any time up until February 1. We will review ED applications on a continual basis and will notify ED applicants of their decisions as quickly as possible.

If you have done your research and you are certain we are number one for you, submit your Common Application indicating early decision and complete the ED agreement.

Some common questions asked about St. Lawrence's ED program are presented below:

Q. Are there advantages to applying Early Decision?
A. If you have thoroughly researched your college options and are sure St. Lawrence is your first-choice college, applying ED may allow you to complete the application process earlier in your senior year. The academic profile of students admitted early is similar to that of students admitted Regular Decision, although the percentage of applicants offered admission ED is higher because they have shown their deep interest in becoming a Laurentian.

Q. Why is the percentage of students admitted at Early Decision higher than it is at Regular Decision?
A. When reviewing ED applications, we have room in our class to offer admission to any student whom we believe is a strong match. At Regular Decision, depending on the size and strength of our applicant pool, we generally have more well-matched students than we are able to offer admission to.

Q. Is applying Early Decision at St. Lawrence a binding agreement?
A. Yes. By applying ED, you agree that, if admitted, you will enroll at St. Lawrence and you will immediately withdraw all applications from other colleges assuming you have been awarded financial aid to meet your demonstrated financial need. There is an Early Decision contract that must be signed by you, your counselor and a parent in order to complete your ED application.

Q. Will I be considered for merit scholarships?
A. Yes. You will be considered for all academic merit scholarships automatically as we review your admissions application. If you have completed the additional form and essay for our special merit scholarships such as Kirk Douglas, Vilas, Community Service, Leadership or Presidential Diversity Scholarship with your application, you will also be considered for these awards as well. Candidates for the Kirk Douglas, Vilas and Trustee Scholarships are selected in March, but students admitted through the ED process will still be considered for these awards at that time.

Q. Will applying Early Decision affect my financial aid package?
A. No. If you apply and are eligible for need-based financial aid, your financial aid package will be the same as if you applied Regular Decision. Your estimated financial aid package will be sent with your decision letter if you have submitted all of the necessary financial aid documents with your application.

Are you ready to apply Early Decision?
If you believe that St. Lawrence University is your first choice, consider applying in our Early Decision program. Complete your Common Application, choose Early Decision, and within the Common Application our Early Decision Agreement will be available for you to complete. If you have already applied under our Regular Decision program and would like to change to Early Decision then making the switch is very easy. Download our Early Decision Agreement, sign it and have a parent/guardian, and your high school guidance counselor sign. Scan and email it to our data entry mailbox for processing! If you have any questions regarding early decision or this process, please contact our office at 800-285-1856 and ask to speak to a counselor.