Why Early Decision?

Gettysburg College’s Early Decision plans are intended for students who have conducted a thorough and thoughtful college search and decided that Gettysburg is their first-choice college.

Gettysburg offers two Early Decision deadline dates -- November 15 (ED I) and January 15 (ED II). We encourage you to have conversations with your family and school counselor before applying early decision. For students who submit their application under Regular Decision and decide later in the process that they are interested in being considered within the Early Decision applicant pool, they should contact the admissions office to convert their application.

If Gettysburg is your top choice, why wait? Students who apply under the Early Decision plan will receive their admissions decision within one month of the deadline.

In recent years, about 40 percent of Gettysburg’s first-year students have been admitted through Early Decision. In most cases, students applying Early Decision who are not offered acceptance will automatically be deferred for consideration under Regular Decision admission allowing the admissions committee to see a more complete application with senior mid-year grades and additional test scores.

Early Decision applications will be automatically reviewed for academic merit scholarships. Notification will be sent with acceptance letters. If students and families have applied for need-based financial aid (FAFSA and CSS Profile) by the deadline (November 15 for ED I and January 15 for ED II), financial aid awards will be mailed with their acceptance packets.


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