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Admissions: Early Decision

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Early Decision at HWS

Nearly 50% of each incoming class is accepted through the Early Decision program at HWS. Our individualized approach to education, impressive faculty, beautiful facilities and extraordinary programs in career development, study abroad, service, leadership and athletics make Hobart and William Smith Colleges the first and only choice for many students. If HWS has risen to the top of your list and you are committed to attending if accepted, we invite you to apply through one of our Early Decision programs.

Early Decision I Dates and Deadlines

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November 15

December 15

  • Admission decision available online
  • Financial aid award available online for admitted students

January 15

  • Enrollment deadline

Early Decision II Dates and Deadlines

August 1

October 1

January 15

February 15

  • Admission decision available online
  • Financial aid award available online for admitted students

March 1

  • Enrollment deadline

Early Decision Rolling Dates and Deadlines

The rolling early decision program is designed for students who have applied by the regular decision deadline but have decided to enter a binding early decision agreement with Hobart and William Smith. Students can “flip” their application from regular decision to early decision anytime between January 15 and March 1 by submitting an Early Decision Agreement. Decisions are promised within two weeks of receiving a student’s completed application under the Early Decision Rolling program. Enrollment deadlines are typically within 10 days of acceptance.

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