Early Decision

What is Early Decision?

If you have examined your college choices carefully and 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.

At Stevens, early decision is binding. If you are admitted as an early decision student with a financial aid offer that enables you to enroll, then you must submit a tuition deposit by the deadline listed on the admission timeline. If you apply for financial aid, you will have the opportunity to review your estimated financial aid and scholarship award before making the commitment to attend Stevens.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by November 15 for Early Decision I and by January 15 for Early Decision II. Candidates should indicate on their application that they are applying for Early Decision I or II and electronically sign the Early Decision Agreement Form within their application.  Students who have submitted a Regular Decision application, but wish to switch their application to Early Decision, must submit Stevens' Early Decision Agreement Form to [email protected] or upload it to their applicant status page.  In addition, Early Decision applicants must submit all transcripts, official test scores and recommendation letters by their application deadline.

Committing to Stevens

Upon acceptance and review of your financial aid package, a $400 non-refundable deposit by the tuition deposit deadline will confirm your enrollment at Stevens for the subsequent Fall Semester.

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.

Financial Aid

Early Decision applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid must submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS)/Financial Aid Profile by December 1 (Early Decision I) or January 15 (Early Decision II) in order to receive an estimated financial aid and scholarship package by the decision notification date. The CSS/Financial Aid profile is required in order to be reviewed for Institutional Scholarships and 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 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.

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 [email protected].  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.