First-Year Students - Early Decision | St. Lawrence University Admissions

First-Year Students - Early Decision

Every year, many students who know St. Lawrence University is their first choice and choose to apply Early Decision (ED). The application process is complete sooner and students usually receive their decision letters within two to three weeks of completing their application. 

Our admissions review process is the same as regular decision. We have a holistic review and each application is carefully reviewed. We consider all aspects of your application and what we learn about you. Your academic achievement is important, but so are the other activities and achievements that define you. 

Early Decision Application Checklist

In our holistic application review, St. Lawrence University is looking for students who are academically driven and passionate about the world around them. The following are required pieces for a complete application.

  • Early Decision Agreement
  • Common Application
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official copy of your high school transcript
  • Official standardized exam scores (optional)
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic recommendations from teachers who have taught you in high school
  • Resume (optional)

Admissions Preparation

In order to be best prepared for academic life at St. Lawrence, we encourage a broad preparation at the secondary school level. Each student's academic record will be evaluated individually and while looking at the context of what is offered at the student's high school. For students at schools that offer advanced curriculum (honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment, or other rigorous options), we encourage you to appropriately challenge themselves if these opportunities are available to them. Competitive candidates typically present a transcript that reflects a full sequence of classes in core subjects as well as electives that are of interest to them. This generally includes:

  • four years of English
  • three years of sciences
  • three years social studies
  • three years of mathematics
  • three years of foreign language
  • elective courses that are of interest to you.

Life outside the classroom is also an important part of our campus culture, and our students are involved in many different ways! We are looking for students who will contribute positively to our campus community by continuing with activities and involvements, and who are willing to try new things on our campus. Make sure that you let us know about your extracurricular and co-curricular involvements, as well as your hobbies and other interests, in the Activities Section of your Common Application.

Early Decision Deadlines

November 1
Early Decision applications review begins.

Applications are reviewed on a continual basis and decisions letters are mailed out as quickly as possible.

January 10 
Application deadline for the Community Service Scholarship, Kirk Douglas Scholarship, Leadership ScholarshipPresidential Diversity Scholarship, and the Vilas Scholarship. These materials must be submitted with your ED application.

February 1
The last day to submit an Early Decision application or change your Regular Decision application to ED. 

Early Decision FAQs

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 ED is similar to that of students admitted Regular Decision. However, the percentage of applicants offered admission ED is higher because they have shown their strong interest in becoming a Laurentian.

Q. Why is the percentage of students admitted in Early Decision higher than it is in 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. In Regular Decision, depending on the size and strength of our applicant pool, we generally have more well-matched students than we have space available.

Q. Is applying Early Decision to St. Lawrence a binding agreement?
A. Yes. By applying ED, you agree that, if admitted, you will enroll at St. Lawrence. You will also immediately withdraw all applications to other colleges, assuming you have been awarded financial aid to meet your demonstrated financial need. We require a completed ED agreement as part of your ED application.

Q. St. Lawrence is test-optional. Do I need to submit test scores with my ED application? 
A. Test scores (SAT or ACT) are optional for US citizens and permanent residents. Students must indicate on the Common Application which scores, if any, they wish to be considered in the application process. For all students, the most important part of the application is the high school transcript. We also look closely at your essay, your extracurricular activities, and recommendations from your guidance counselors and teachers. If you have a strong high school record, we welcome your application regardless of how you performed on your SAT or ACT.

Q. Will I be considered for merit scholarships?
A. Yes. You will be considered for all academic merit scholarships automatically as we review your application. If you have completed the additional form and essay for our Scholarships with your application, you will also be considered for these awards. 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. If you have submitted all of the necessary financial aid documents with your application, your financial aid package will be sent with your decision letter. 

Q. How do I switch from Regular Decision to ED?
If you have already applied under our Regular Decision program and would like to change to ED, that switch is very easy. Download the Early Decision Agreement, sign it and get the other required signatures. Scan and email it to our office! 

Scholarships

Each year, St. Lawrence awards millions of dollars in scholarships. To learn about these opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

Test Optional & Self-Reported Score Policy

Test scores (SAT or ACT) are optional for US citizens and permanent residents, regardless of whether you're applying Regular or Early Decision. Students must indicate on the Common Application which scores, if any, they wish to be considered in the application process. For all students, the most important part of the application is the high school transcript. We also look closely at your essay, your extracurricular activities, and recommendations from your guidance counselors and teachers. If you have a strong high school record, we welcome your application regardless of how you performed on your SAT or ACT. 

If you decide to submit your scores, St. Lawrence will now accept self-reported scores at the time of your application. This means that you can send us your scores through:

  • An official score report sent by the testing agency (SAT/TOEFL code: 2805; ACT code: 2896)
  • Via email from your high school counselor
  • On your official high school transcript (if your school includes test scores on transcripts)
  • Self-reported by sending a screenshot or PDF of your full student score report to admissions@stlawu.edu (don’t forget to include your name!)

If you choose to self-report your scores and if you’ve taken the test multiple times, please keep in mind that you should submit all of your results for the test(s) chosen for consideration. You should not convert, superscore, or recalculate your self-reported scores in any fashion. If you decide to enroll at St. Lawrence, you will need to submit official test scores via the testing agency, final high school transcript, or your school counselor.

Please note: your admission decision could be at risk if your self-reported scores differ in any way from your official score reports.