Early Decision

What is Early Decision?

If you have examined your college choices carefully and have decided that Stevens is your first choice university, then we offer two Early Decision plans for you to apply by November 15 (Early Decision I) or January 15 (Early Decision II) of your senior year.

If accepted, you will have successfully resolved your college plans by December 15 or February 15; if deferred, you will have effectively communicated your first-choice interest to the Admissions Committee as they are re-evaluated through the regular decision process.

Because the Early Decision plan is a binding agreement, we encourage you to discuss your plans with your parents and guidance counselor before making a final decision to ensure that Stevens is your first choice. You should also be sure that you will not need to consider financial aid packages from other institutions, as Stevens requires that you withdraw applications from all other universities.

How to Apply

Submit your application by November 15 for Early Decision I and by January 15 for Early Decision II. Candidates should indicate on the application that they are applying for Early Decision I or II and submit the signed Early Decision Agreement Form (PDF, 180KB) with the application.  The Stevens ED Agreement Form is only required for students who have submitted Regular Decision applications and are switching to Early Decision.  For all other applicants, the Early Decision Agreement form in the Common Appliation will fulfill this requirement.  It is imperative that you submit all transcripts and official scores by this date*. We strongly recommend that you complete your admissions interview by the application deadline, if you wish to have it considered while your application is being reviewed.

Financial Aid

Early Decision I

Candidates who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the College Scholarship Service CSS)/Financial Aid Profile by December 1 in order to receive an estimate of your financial aid package by the December 15 notification date. The CSS/Financial Aid profile is required in order to be reviewed for Institutional Scholarships or Grant Aid. The Stevens CSS/Financial Aid Profile code is 2819.

Please note that the FAFSA must be filed by February 15 to be considered for all Federal or State Aid programs. The Stevens code for the FAFSA is 002639 and can be filed online at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Early Decision II

If you would like to be considered for financial aid, applicants are required to complete the College Scholarship Services CSS/Financial Aid Profile, by January 15th in order to receive a financial aid package with, or shortly after the February 15th notification deadline.

Please note that the FAFSA must be filed by February 15 to be considered for all Federal or State Aid programs. Due to the quick processing of Early Decisions II applications, we do not recommend filing the FAFSA paper application for these applicants. Filing by paper will add at least two weeks to the processing time, and will affect our ability to deliver a financial aid package with your admissions decision. 

All accepted students who submit their data by the deadline will receive a financial aid package with, or shortly following, their acceptance notification. Any students who are eligible for merit scholarships will also be notified in that time frame.


Early Decision I (November 15 application deadline) applicants will be notified of their admission decision by December 15. Early Decision II (January 15 application deadline) applicants will be notified of the decision by February 15.
If you are accepted under the Early Decision Plan, you will also receive an estimated financial aid package which may include merit- and need-based awards.

Committing to Stevens

Upon your acceptance and review of your financial aid package, a $400 deposit is due to Stevens by the deadline listed on the admissions timeline. Deposits are payable by mail (check or money order), telephone (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express), or in person (cash, check, money order, or credit card).

Note: While early decision candidates may initiate applications to other colleges, if you are accepted under one of the early decision plans and commit to Stevens, then you must immediately withdraw all other applications and submit no new applications.

Application Decisions

If you apply through the Early Decision Plan and we are not able to accept you at that time, you may be deferred for reconsideration in the spring and notified of their final decision in late March or early April. The Admissions Committee defers students in order to have the benefit of additional senior grades and/or test scores that may not be available at the time of early decision or to see how they compare competitively to the entire regular decision applicant pool. In some cases, it is apparent to the Admissions Committee that an early decision candidate will clearly not be competitive for admission and that it is in the student's best interest to know this sooner rather than later. In this situation, the Admissions Committee denies the applicant at the time of early decision notification, thus enabling the student to focus on alternative plans.


If you have additional questions please contact the Admissions Office: (800) STEVENS; (201) 216-5194; or by e-mail.

Already Applied Regular Decision?

If you have already submitted a regular decision application, but would like to change your application to Early Decision I or II, simply contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 800-STEVENS or admissions@stevens.edu.  In addition, you must submit the Early Decision Agreement Form via email or upload it to your applicant status page.  Once we receive the agreement form, we will update your application and ensure you are evaluated with the early decision pool of applicants.

Early Decision Quick Facts

  • The acceptance rate for Early Decision candidates is significantly higher than the acceptance rate of regular decision candidates.
  • Early Decision allows you to finish your college search earlier, giving you peace of mind as you prepare for college and enjoy the remainder of your senior year.
  • Early Decision students form the core of our freshman class: committed scholars dedicated to improving the way we live through innovation and entrepreneurship.