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Early Decision

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

Deadline: November 1
Decision Returned: December 1

Early Decision is a great option for applicants who know St. John’s is their first choice. If you've done your research, are excited by our great books curriculum, and can’t wait to become a Johnnie, we encourage you to apply Early Decision. You could be done applying to college in November!

Under the Early Decision plan, you will apply by November 1, submit the signed the Early Decision Agreement, and receive an admission decision by December 1. You may not apply Early Decision to any other college while your Early Decision application to St. John’s is under review. Early decision is binding: if admitted, you commit to attending St. John’s, and you, your parents, and your college counselor agree to withdraw any college applications and to not submit any additional college applications.

There are three possible outcomes for Early Decision applicants: admit, deny, or deferral to Regular Decision. 

Early Decision applicants are eligible for the same merit and need-based financial aid as other applicants. If you are applying for need-based financial aid and applying Early Decision, we strongly encourage you to submit the FAFSA (for US citizens and permanent residents) and the CSS Profile (for international students) by November 1. While Early Decision 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.


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