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We recognize that the delays in this year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have created uncertainty for students and their families. In an effort to better meet the needs of our applicants, we will continue to accept Regular Decision applications beyond our posted deadline. We hope the additional time will allow for an informed decision when completing admission and financial aid applications.

Learn more about the 2024-25 FAFSA.

Applying to HWS

HWS is highly selective in the admissions process. Successful applicants will have:

  • Challenged themselves with a rigorous high school curriculum
  • Applied their talents to the betterment of their school and community
  • Met with an HWS admissions staff member for an interview
  • Demonstrated a propensity to be curious, resourceful, persistent and conscientious
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Contact the Office of Admissions by email: or text: (315) 350-3291 for assistance with your application.

Early Action

Sail into the spring of your senior year confident in your future. Apply to HWS by Nov. 15 and receive a decision by mid-January. 

Early action (EA) is a non-binding process allowing applicants to review admission and financial aid offers from other schools. Students receive their admissions decision by mid-January and have until May 1 to respond to their offer of admission.

Early Decision

Early Decision applicants do well academically, become leaders on campus, build school spirit, study abroad in high numbers, and participate in internships and research opportunities. We know that Early Decision applicants inside and outside the classroom make HWS a dynamic and vibrant place. 

If you make HWS your first and only college choice, we will honor your commitment by committing to you.

Benefits of Applying Early Decision:

  • If applying ED I, receive a decision notification by mid-December and by mid-February if applying ED II.
  • Priority registration for first-semester classes and first-year housing.
  • Early access to our virtual event series, a pre-collegiate program that facilitates group and one-on-one conversations with HWS faculty and staff, allowing you to get a head start on adjusting to college.

When applying Early Decision you must submit an Early Decision Agreement Form.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision (RD) is the most popular of HWS' application plans. Students have until March 1 to gather their materials and perfect their application. Similar to Early Action, RD is non-binding, and accepted students have until May 1 to decide. 

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission, please submit the following:

Optional Materials

  • Standardized Test Scores
  • English Proficiency (Required if English is not your first language) 
  • Arts portfolio – if interested in a merit-based art scholarship 

Dates and Deadlines

Application Round

Application Deadline

Decision Notification

Enrollment Deposit Deadline

Fall 2024 Early Decision I

November 15, 2023


January 15, 2024, pending the release of the 2024 FASFA

Fall 2024 Early Action

November 15, 2023


May 1, 2024

Fall 2024 Early Decision II

January 15, 2024


March 1, 2024

Fall 2024 Regular Decision

March 1, 2024


May 1, 2024

Additional Important Dates

Early December