They say that when you know, you just know. But they don’t say that you have to know by November.

The college search, admission and selection process can sometimes feel like a winding path, and every student’s journey is a bit different. You might be finding that “right fit” in December, or January. Or maybe you’ve known, but you wanted time to really establish yourself in senior year before submitting an application.  

Whatever your reason might be, we recognize that you took time, you thought about what you wanted and you assessed your options thoughtfully before making a commitment.

Early Decision II: The Facts

When to Apply

By January 15 with the option to move a Regular Decision application into the EDII pool up until February 28.  

The Decision Timeline

Early Decision II candidates typically hear back from the college a month after the January 15 deadline.  

How We’ll Read Your Application

Admissions counselors review candidates in the Early Decision II pool in a way that assesses their individual fit and readiness. This reading approach differs from the Regular Decision (non-binding) application option where students must be reviewed within the context of that entire pool.  

Making it Official

By applying Early Decision II, a student indicates that Dickinson is the place they intend to call home. An Early Decision agreement, signed by the student, guardian and school counselor, is a requirement of this application option. 

Apply online

Apply online

Apply online using the Common Application.

Early Decision Agreement Form

Early Decision Agreement Form

Remember to include a signed Early Decision Agreement form along with your completed Common App.


Thinking about finances?

Early Decision II applicants are invited to submit a Pre-Read Form to learn more about your likelihood of merit scholarship in the EDII application round. Be in touch with your regional counselor to learn more about this opportunity.  

You can also work with our Cost Calculators to gain a sense of the financial aid you’re likely to receive.  

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Advice about Applying ED

  • Do your homework and know why you are applying to a particular school, especially if you plan to apply ED.
  • Do not give in to pressure to apply ED to a school simply for the sake of applying ED.
  • Be honest with yourself: If you are not yet ready to commit, then do not apply ED to any school.
  • Do not apply ED as a strategy to “get in.”
  • If you are applying for need-based financial aid in ED or any application program, have a conversation about what your family can reasonably invest in your college education.  



Contact your regional admissions counselor for answers to questions. It’s also a great way for us to get to know you beyond your application form!