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.
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.
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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, nearly 50% of the most recent entering class, the Class of 2024, 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 the Early Decision plans they must immediately withdraw all other applications and enroll at Skidmore.
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 the applicant knows they are applying Early Decision to Skidmore.
Accepted students whose financial aid applications are complete will receive notification about their financial aid with their decision letters. Accepted Early Decision candidates whose financial aid files are incomplete are notified as soon as they submit the missing financial aid information.
The only difference is the dates. Many students visit colleges early and know by November 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.