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Early Decision

UPDATE: We have extended the Early Decision deadline to January 3.
Apply Early Decision by January 3 and have an admission decision by the end of January.

You Know St. John’s College is Your First Choice

Deadline: November 1
Decision Returned: December 1

For applicants who have done their research, are excited by our Great Books curriculum, and know that the seminar table is where they belong—apply Early Decision!

With Early Decision (ED), you apply by November 1, submit your signed Early Decision Agreement, and receive your admission decision by December 1. You will be eligible for the most robust merit scholarships and need-based financial aid, on an earlier timeline! Our Admission Counselors are here to assist every step of the way.

ED is a binding application option for students confident in their choice to become Johnnies. While students applying ED are welcome to submit applications to other institutions, they may not apply ED at any other institutions, and they are expected to withdraw any in-progress applications if they are admitted to St. John’s.

If you plan on applying for need-based aid, we highly recommend submitting your FAFSA (for US citizens and permanent residents) and the CSS Profile (for international students) by November 1, so that we can get your financial aid package to you for review as soon as possible. While ED is binding, if the financial aid package is not affordable for your family, St. John’s will release you from the Early Decision Agreement and withdraw your application. You will not be eligible to reapply in the same academic year.

We encourage all applicants to consider applying Early Action. With Early Action (EA), you apply by November 15 and receive an admission decision by December 15. EA is non-binding, so you will not need to make a college decision until May 1. As with Early Decision, you will be eligible for the most robust merit scholarships and need-based financial aid in Early Action.


Applicants for both St. John’s campuses may apply Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, or Rolling Admission for the fall. Students also have the option of applying for Rolling Admissions throughout the fall semester for a spring start through the January Freshman Program.

Early Decision November 1 December 1
Early Action November 15 December 15
Regular Decision January 15 February 15
Rolling Admission (Fall) after February 15 Within 2-3 weeks
Rolling Admission (Spring) until January 1 Within 2–3 weeks