If you’ve researched colleges and can’t get St. Olaf out of your head, apply Early Decision. If your heart tells you St. Olaf is the best fit, listen to it and apply Early Decision. We notify Early Decision applicants one month after the deadline, which is a faster turnaround time than Regular Decision in the spring. You’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your senior year knowing you’ve made your college decision. Last year, nearly 25% of the first-year class choose to enroll through Early Decision at St. Olaf.
- First you’ll need to decide if it’s right for you. (Scroll down for our top 5 reasons why Early Decision is a great choice.)
- Then, you’ll need to submit either the Common Application or the Coalition Application, which go live on August 1. You need to submit the same materials for Early Decision as required for Regular Decision ((link to apply checklist)).
- Additionally, we need the Early Decision Agreement ((hyperlink)) to be submitted with signatures from you, a parent/guardian, your school counselor, and yourself. The Agreement states that you understand the binding nature of Early Decision, and — after reviewing financial aid and scholarship awards — you will commit to St. Olaf, withdrawing your applications at other colleges.
There are two Early Decision deadlines: Early Decision 1 is November 15 (with notification on or before December 15), and Early Decision 2 is January 8 (with notification on or before February 1). There’s no difference in preference for either Early Decision.