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Early Decision for High School Students

Information for Early Decision Applicants

High School students applying for first year entry who know that ESF is their first-choice college may want to consider the Early Decision admission process. This process allows students to submit their application and receive an admission decision earlier than Regular First Year consideration. Since admission under this process requires a commitment to attend ESF, the applicant, their parent or legal guardian and school counselor must agree to the terms of Early Decision with submission of the Early Decision Agreement.

The Common Application Early Decision Agreement is included in the online application. If using the ApplySUNY application, down load and complete this Early Decision Agreement for SUNY Applicants.

All application materials and credentials required for Early Decision applicants, including the signed Early Decision Agreement, must be postmarked or received electronically by December 1. If any portion of an Early Decision application is received after the December 1 deadline, review of the application under Early Decision or Regular First Year consideration is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Students admitted under Early Decision must accept their offer of admission on the Applicant Portal and submit their non-refundable deposit by March 15 indicating their intention to enroll at ESF. All applications to other colleges must then be withdrawn.

Financial Aid & Early Decision

Early Decision applicants must submit the FAFSA in time for the information to reach our Financial Aid office by the Early Decision Financial Aid priority deadline of February 1. Early Decision Financial Aid Awards will be released beginning March 1. Early Decision candidates who file their FAFSA form later than February 1 will still be considered for financial aid. However, if the College has not been given sufficient time to review the FAFSA the nonrefundable Early Decision enrollment deposit must still be submitted by March 15 even if a financial aid award has not been made.

Application Filing Dates

Spring 2022

  • All applicants Recommended Filing Date: November 1, 2021

Fall 2022

  • Early Decision First-Year Deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Regular First-Year Recommended Filing Date: February 1, 2022
  • Guaranteed Transfer Recommended Filing Date: February 1, 2022
  • Transfer Recommended Filing Date: March 1, 2022

*Applications will still be accepted after this date and will be considered for admission on a space available basis.

Application Codes

SAT: 2530
ACT: 2948
TOEFL DI: 2530
FAFSA: 002851
NYS TAP: 0950