One of the reasons I started this blog was to provide the information that you are looking for and to answer all of the FAQs we receive in admissions. Many of the current questions have to do with early decision. So I thought, “why not?” and I made it this week’s blog topic. Here’s what I have to say about what you’re asking:
What’s the difference between early decision, early action, or single-choice early action?
I’ll start by explaining how they are alike. What they have in common is an earlier deadline than regular decision. College Board offers a nice explanation of the differences between early decision, early action and single choice early action.
Does Cornell offer an early option?
Cornell offers an early decision application option for freshman. Our early decision application deadline is November 1 and applicants are notified by mid-December of Cornell’s decision.
Is early decision binding at Cornell?
Yes, it is important to remember that an early decision application is a commitment. You may apply early decision to only one college or university. Early decision applicants may apply to other non-binding early admissions programs, but if they are admitted to Cornell, they must withdraw any applications they have filed at other colleges or universities and send their acceptance deposit by mid-January.
How many first-year students apply early decision?
About a third of recent freshman classes have been admitted to Cornell early.
If I am denied admission early decision, can I apply for regular decision at Cornell?
No. If you have been denied admission as an early decision applicant, you may not apply to Cornell University as a regular decision applicant.
When should I plan to take my SAT, Subject Tests, or ACTs so that my scores can be considered with my early decision application?
You should plan to take the SAT before November of your senior year, or the ACT no later than October. Early decision applicants are strongly urged to take the SAT Subjects Tests (if required) no later than October, because the scores are used in the selection process.
Do I need to complete any additional forms if I apply early decision?
You need to complete all of the required items for your application. On the Cornell Supplement to the Common Application, look for the question “(a)re you applying under Cornell’s” and make sure you check the box next to “early-decision program (November 1 deadline).” Cornell does not accept the early decision agreement form provided by the commonapp.org site.
Are you ready to apply? You can learn more and find all of the necessary forms on our website!