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Early Decision Applicants

Skidmore's Early Decision plans are designed for those students who have examined their college choices carefully and have decided that Skidmore is their first-choice college.

Skidmore accepts students through our Early Decision program on two different timelines — Early Decision I (ED I) and Early Decision II (ED II). There is no difference between the two options other than the dates, and the chance for you to take a little longer to make your choice if needed. You can also convert a Regular Decision application to ED II until February 1.


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A Skidmore promise
Your first choice
As an ED candidate, you agree to enroll at Skidmore if admitted. You may apply to other colleges and universities under a standard or early action plan, with the understanding that you will withdraw these applications if admitted to Skidmore.
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Why Early Decision?
Stand out, earlier
While our admission standards for both Early Decision and Regular Decision are the same, there is a much smaller pool of applicants for Early Decision which means the likelihood of standing out is greater. Plus, you'll get the application process out of the way and enjoy the rest of your senior year! 

Early Decision Applicant Checklist

  • Please begin by reviewing How to Apply, as standard application steps, including applying via the Common or Coalition app, policies around testing and additional materials such as art portfolios also apply to Early Decision students.
  • Submit the Early Decision Agreement form if applying ED Round I or ED Round II, including student, parent/guardian and guidance counselor signatures.
  • If you are an international student applying Early Decision, you will also need to submit the items requested of international applicants.

Dates and deadlines

  • To be considered for Early Decision I, you must apply by November 15.
  • To be considered for Early Decision II, you must apply by January 15.
  • Regular Decision applicants can also convert to Early Decision until February 1.
Early Decision checklist

Early Decision checklist

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Frequently Asked Early Decision Questions

The following questions and answers should be helpful to you in deciding whether Early Decision is right for you. We encourage you to discuss your plans with your parents and guidance counselor before making a final decision. 

Though it varies from year to year, 50% of the most recent entering class, the Class of 2025, enrolled through Early Decision.

To submit an Early Decision application, students should file the Application for First-Year Admission with the application fee (or request for a fee waiver) by November 15 for Round I and by January 15 for Round II. Candidates should check the box on page one of the application indicating that they are applying for Early Decision and submit the signed Early Decision Agreement Form with the application (the Early Decision Agreement Form can be found on the Common Application website). Regular Decision applicants can also convert to Early Decision until February 1.

Since the Admissions Committee renders decisions on Early Decision applications within a month of the deadline, it is very important that the required information from the counselor and teachers be submitted in a timely fashion. Download a copy of our Early Decision Checklist for helpful reminders.

Students who apply by the November 15 deadline for Round I will be notified of the decision on their application in mid-December. Those who apply by the January 15 Round II deadline will hear by February 15, as will those who convert Regular Decision applications to Early Decision by February 1. While Early Decision candidates may initiate applications to other colleges, if they are accepted under one of our Early Decision plans they must immediately withdraw all other applications and enroll at Skidmore.

Yes, you can convert your Regular Decision application to an Early Decision II application until February 1. Simply send an email to Admissions at and indicate that you want to convert your application. Admissions will work with you to formalize it.

Candidates who are applicants for financial aid should register online for the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid Application as soon as possible. (CSS Profile registration guides are available in high school guidance offices.) A CSS Profile customized financial aid application for Skidmore will be made available from the College Scholarship Service and should be completed online as soon as applicants know they are applying Early Decision to Skidmore.

Accepted ED students whose financial aid applications are complete will receive notification about their financial aid with their decision letters.

The only difference is the dates. Many students visit colleges early and know by Nov. 15 that Skidmore is their first choice and are able to file a Round I Early Decision application. Other students wait until January 15 because their decision to apply early came after the Round I deadline or because they want the Admissions Committee to have the benefit of new test scores and/or senior grades through the first semester in making the decision on their application.

Most students who are not accepted Early Decision are deferred for reconsideration in the spring and notified of their final decision in late March. The Admissions Committee defers students in order to have the benefit of additional senior grades and/or test scores that may not be available at the time of Early Decision or to see how they compare competitively to the entire Regular Decision applicant pool.

In some cases, it is apparent to the Admissions Committee that an Early Decision candidate will clearly not be competitive for admission and that it is in the student's best interest to know this sooner rather than later. In this situation, the Admissions Committee denies the applicant at the time of Early Decision notification, thus enabling the student to focus on alternative plans.

Have more questions? We have more answers. Explore more Admissions FAQs.

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