Binding Early Decision

If you have decided without a doubt that McDaniel is your first-choice college and the college where you will definitely enroll, you may apply for admission through our Early Decision Program. Early Decision applicants understand that this is a binding commitment to enroll at McDaniel if accepted, and as a result candidates are the first group of students to receive admission, scholarship, and financial aid award decisions.

There are two timelines for applying Early Decision. Students can choose Early Decision 1 and apply by November 1st in order to receive all decision information the first week of December. Early Decision 2 has a deadline of January 15th and you will receive all decision information the first week of February.

Under the Early Decision plan:

  • You may submit an Early Decision application any time you like during your senior year, but no later than January 15. Be aware before you apply that this is a binding commitment, which means you agree to enroll at McDaniel if admitted and withdraw every other application for admission immediately. 
  • McDaniel must be your first choice and only active Early Decision application. (You may submit regular decision applications to other institutions.)
  • You, your parents and high school counselor must sign the McDaniel Early Decision Agreement found on our website, agreeing to enroll if admitted and to withdraw regular-decision applications from other colleges upon acceptance to McDaniel.
  • If you wish to be considered for need-based financial aid, a completed FAFSA must be filed and sent to us at the time of your ED application.
  • Decisions are made on a priority basis and will include admission, scholarship and need-based financial aid awards (if appropriate). A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by January 15 for ED1 or by February 15 for ED 2.
  • Because of the binding commitment that early decision entails, it is important that you have considered your options carefully. If your college enrollment is dependent on financial assistance, and you believe that it is important for you to have the opportunity to compare aid packages from a number of schools before making a college decision, then you may not wish to commit yourself to any college through a binding agreement. This option is for students who believe they have done a great college search and already know that McDaniel is the only college you plan to attend.
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