Early Decision I - November 15
Early Decision II - January 15
decisions are mailed within one month of the deadline date
Students who have applied for Regular Decision can convert their application to Early Decision until February 1.
Required Documents for Early Decision Applicants
- Completed Common Application - Apply online
- Writing Supplement
- Official secondary school records
- Official SAT I or ACT scores (Find out more about our test optional policy)
- Teacher recommendation
- Counselor recommendation
- $60 application fee
- Senior mid-year grades (when available)
- Early Decision Form (PDF) (only if applying for Early Decision admission)
Can my high school submit information online?
Gettysburg accepts online submission of transcripts, secondary school reports, counselor recommendations and teacher recommendations through the Common Application online. We consider these official documents; there is no need to follow up with paper copies.
Why Early Decision?
If Gettysburg is your first choice, you are strongly encouraged to apply for Early Decision (ED) admission.
Gettysburg offers two Early Decision deadline dates; the EDI application deadline is November 15 and the EDII deadline is January 15. Early Decision admissions decisions are mailed within one month of the deadline date.
Students who are admitted under the ED plan are obligated to enroll at Gettysburg College. Once accepted, ED candidates are expected to validate the offer with a $500 nonrefundable deposit and to withdraw applications submitted to other institutions.
If students and parents have completed the Financial Aid PROFILE by the appropriate deadline, financial aid awards will be sent to accepted Early Decision students shortly after their acceptance letters. Early Decision applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15.
Academic merit scholarships are awarded under both Early Decision and Regular Decision admission. Notification will be sent with acceptance letters.
In most cases, students applying for ED who are not offered acceptance will automatically be considered for Regular Decision admission upon receipt of subsequent semester grades and test scores from the senior year.
In recent years, about 40 percent of Gettysburg's first-year students have been admitted through Early Decision. Typically, Gettysburg receives around 6,000 applications each year, and approximately 500 of the applications received are for Early Decision.