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Getting ready for Early Decision

October 10, 2019

In recent years, about half of Skidmore’s incoming classes enrolled though the Early Decision (ED) application process. It’s a trend that’s on the rise at Skidmore and across the United States. Skidmore’s Early Decision applications have increased 80% since 2012.
Skidmore's ED program is designed for students who have examined their college choices carefully and have decided that Skidmore is their first choice.
There are two separate deadlines for students to apply ED during their senior year: Nov. 15 and Jan. 15. Regular Decision applicants can also convert to ED until Feb. 1.
The following frequently asked questions may be helpful in deciding whether ED is right for you.

Early Decision FAQs

What is Early Decision?

In the ED application process, students make a commitment to their first-choice institution, where they must enroll if admitted. ED candidates may initiate applications to other colleges, but they must withdraw all other applications and enroll at Skidmore if they are accepted under one of our ED plans.

What is the difference between Skidmore’s Round I and Round II Early Decision plans?

The only difference is timing. Many students know by Nov. 15 that Skidmore is their first choice and are able to file a Round I ED application. Other students wait until Jan. 15 because their decision to apply early came after the Round I deadline.

Does Skidmore offer Early Action?

No. Skidmore does not have an Early Action (a nonbinding early application) program.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

Students who apply by the Nov. 15 deadline for Round I will be notified of the decision on their application in mid-December. Those who apply by the Jan. 15 Round II deadline will hear by Feb. 15, as will those who convert Regular Decision applications to Early Decision by Feb. 1.

How do I apply for financial aid as an Early Decision applicant?

Candidates who are applicants for financial aid should complete the College Board's CSS Profile financial aid application by Nov. 15 (Round I) or Jan. 15 (Round II). 

More Financial Aid FAQs

If I am accepted Early Decision and am an applicant for financial aid, when will I hear about my financial aid package?
Accepted students who are financial aid applicants will receive notification about their financial aid eligibility with their admission letter.

Checklist iconEarly Decision Checklist

We created a handy downloadable checklist to help you keep track of important dates, deadlines, paperwork and more.

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Early Decision Advice

A few current students offer their perspectives on applying Early Decision at Skidmore. 

Jacques KlapischJacques Klapisch ’21

Newton, Massachusetts

"As a tour guide, I emphasize to all my groups that college is far more than classes. It is a social, political and academic world that is so much more encompassing than college reviews can ever provide. While some may think that applying ED is a good way to “gain an edge over the competition,” it’s so much more than that. And if you’re only thinking about rankings and standing, you’re missing half the picture. Think carefully and make sure your heart is in it."

Brook Heston
Brook Heston ’22

Pomfret, Vermont

"If you can truly see yourself at Skidmore, don’t hesitate to apply ED. But make sure to start the application process as early as you can, so that you have time to enjoy your final year of high school."


Waukegan, Illinois

"Follow your gut! Make time and space to really listen to what you want and remember that everything is going to be just fine."

"I still remember how much stress I underwent when looking at colleges, and I really wish I had taken a deep breath. Looking at colleges is an important part of your life, but don’t let the application process prevent you from having fun and being yourself." 

ShoyoShoyo Yanagihara '21

Yokohama, Japan

"If you can, make sure to visit the campus, feel the atmosphere and talk with current students. I came to visit during my sophomore year of high school. Talking with international students was important for me, since they provided a welcoming environment."

Have QUEstions? Ready to Apply? 

Members of our Admissions team are available to help, no matter where you are in your process.

Contact Admissions

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