Applying Early Decision

Is Early Decision right for you?

Early Decision is designed for students who know St. Olaf is their best choice, and who understand enough about the college’s financial aid policies to feel confident St. Olaf is an affordable option. It’s a great way to lock in your college choice.

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            If you know, apply Early Decision!

An Early Decision application involves a two-way commitment. We pledge to give you thorough and thoughtful consideration, an early admission decision, and a preliminary financial aid award that includes an indication* of the merit scholarships you might receive. In return, you make a commitment to St. Olaf that if you are offered admission and a preliminary financial aid award, you will withdraw all pending applications to other schools and you will not initiate any new applications.

That’s it: you lock in your college decision early and go back to enjoying your senior year, and we build the foundation of our incoming first-year class. Win-win.

The Fine Print. Our online net price calculator will give you a reasonable estimate of the need-based financial aid package St. Olaf will be able to offer, based on the financial information your provide. We award merit scholarships for academics and fine arts through a competitive review. In an Early Decision financial aid award, we’ll indicate what we believe is the minimum level of merit award(s) you might expect to receive. There’s always the possibility that you’ll wow the faculty during your interview, audition, or portfolio review. Things could get better.