Early Decision at Davidson is designed for students who know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Davidson is their first choice.

Submitting an application Early Decision means that you are making the following important statements:

  • Davidson is your first choice college
  • You are not applying Early Decision to another college or university
  • If accepted to Davidson, you agree to enroll
  • If accepted, you will withdraw immediately all applications to other colleges and universities

Please give careful thought to your decision, and consult with your parents and guidance counselor. Early Decision applications are binding and represent a serious commitment to Davidson. Early Decision candidates who are denied admission may not reapply for Regular Decision in the same academic year. If any Regular Decision applicant to Davidson is accepted by another school under a binding Early Decision plan, the applicant must inform the Office of Admission and Financial Aid to withdraw the Davidson application.

If you have not yet completed the Early Decision Contract via Common or Coalition Application, please download and complete this Early Decision Form (PDF) and submit by email or postal mail.

Financing Early Decision

Because of the binding nature of applying Early Decision, financing your Davidson education may be a concern and an important part of your commitment. We encourage you to explore options for financial aid early in the fall.

A full range of scholarship-based and need-based financial options are available. Davidson is committed to meeting 100 percent of a family's calculated financial need, and we work closely with students considering applying by Early Decision.

Access our Net Price Calculator to learn a realistic estimate of what your family may expect to contribute to your Davidson education.

Words From Wildcats Why Early Decision?

If you're considering applying Early Decision, we know there can be nerves and concerns related to making such a big commitment. Shawn An 鈥24, Sohan Gade 鈥23 and Madeline Buitendorp 鈥22 share why Early Decision to Davidson was the right fit for them and offer some advice for those considering it now.