- Early Decision
- First-Year Requirements & Deadlines
- Common Application and Supplement
- Interview Tips
- Essays that Worked
- Standardized Test Policy
- Admission Statistics
|Application Type||Supplement Deadline||Common
|Financial Aid Deadline||Notification Date|
|Early Decision I
|November 15||November 15||November 15||mid-December|
|Early Decision II
|January 1||January 1||January 15
If you have identified Connecticut College as your first choice, we encourage you to apply Early Decision. Early Decision is a binding commitment, and, if admitted, you agree to enroll at Connecticut College, pending an adequate financial aid award.
There are two rounds of Early Decision at Connecticut College: Early Decision Round I (ED I) and Early Decision Round II (ED II).
Note: In light of the difficulties being experienced by many communities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Connecticut College Office of Admission will consider granting extensions to the November 15 Early Decision (ED) I deadline on a case by case basis. Please contact the Office of Admission at 860-439-2200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an extension or with further questions. If you also feel that you may not be able to meet the same November 15 Financial Aid deadline, please contact the Financial Aid staff at 860-439-2058 or by email at email@example.com.
How to apply Early Decision
If you decide to apply Early Decision, you, your college counselor and a parent or legal guardian must sign the Common Application Early Decision Agreement Form and either mail or fax the form to the Admission Office by the appropriate deadlines. (See chart above.) The Common Application Early Decision Agreement Form (pdf) is on the Common Application website.
The difference between Early Decision I and Early Decision II
There are two rounds of Early Decision at Connecticut College, Early Decision Round I (ED I) and Early Decision Round II (ED II). Both rounds of Early Decision are binding and indicate the same level of commitment to the College, but they have different deadlines and notification dates (see chart above).
ED I: We do not require standardized tests. If you choose to submit standardized testing, results of the October ACT, November SAT Reasoning, or November SAT Subject Tests will be accepted for Early Decision I.
ED II: If you wish to include first semester or trimester senior year grades or specific standardized tests, Early Decision II may be the appropriate deadline for you. Connecticut College is test optional. Nevertheless, if you would like to submit standardized testing, results of the December ACT, December SAT Reasoning, or December SAT Subject Tests will be accepted for ED II. Typically, January test scores do not arrive in time for ED II consideration.
Applying for financial aid as an Early Decision candidate
Early Decision is a binding commitment. If admitted, you agree to enroll at Connecticut College, pending an adequate financial aid award.
If you plan to apply for financial aid, you must do so by the corresponding Early Decision financial aid deadlines listed above. Since we are committed to your attendance at the College, we ask that you reference the following section of our website to obtain a ball-park estimate of what your family's contribution could be. If you have any questions about the methodology used, please contact Financial Aid Services (860-439-2058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). We ask that you go through this process before rendering a final decision about whether to apply Early Decision.
Early Decision and applying to other colleges
As an Early Decision applicant, you may submit Regular Decision applications to other colleges in the meantime with the understanding that you will withdraw these applications and initiate no new ones if you are accepted to Connecticut College. (See acceptance notification dates above.)
However, we will withdraw your application if you apply simultaneously to more than one college as an Early Decision applicant, or if you do not withdraw your applications from other colleges after notification of your acceptance to Connecticut College.
The College's decision
Early Decision candidates may be admitted, denied or "deferred." All deferred candidates are reconsidered for Regular Decision and need not submit a new application. A deferral is not a rejection. A deferral releases you from your binding commitment to enroll if you are admitted and reflects the Admission Committee's interest in receiving more information from you, like midyear grades or additional testing, before a final decision is reached.
When it is clear to the Admission Committee that an Early Decision candidate will not be competitive for admission, the application is denied and the applicant informed in the Early Decision notification period to allow the student to focus on alternative plans.