If Middlebury is a student’s clear first choice, then Early Decision provides an opportunity to apply and be notified of our decision in mid-December (ED I) or mid-February (ED II). Unlike Regular Decision, ED is “binding,” which means that candidates may not apply for an early decision from another institution and must sign the Early Decision Commitment Statement. The College assumes that a student admitted under the ED program will attend Middlebury, provided that the financial aid is appropriate. Students may file applications for a regular decision or early action from other institutions, but they must withdraw those applications immediately if admitted to Middlebury College. We will be forced to withdraw our offer of admission if these guidelines are not followed.
ED candidates may be admitted for entrance in the fall or entrance in the spring, denied admission, or deferred for reconsideration with the Regular Decision applicants.
ED candidates may not apply to other colleges for an Early Decision and must agree to enroll to Middlebury and withdraw applications to other colleges if admitted. Middlebury will withdraw an offer of admission if a student fails to comply with these stipulations.
Results of the October ACT, SAT I or II will normally arrive in time to be reviewed for Early Decision 1, and tests taken during December will usually arrive in time to be considered for Early Decision 2 and Regular Decision. Tests taken in January will not arrive in time to be used for Early Decision 2 or Regular Decision.
Early Decision I and Early Decision II
The only difference between the two is the deadlines. The assessment standards for ED I and ED II applications are identical. Both programs are binding and assume that an applicant will attend if admitted.
Early Decision and Financial Aid
Applying Early Decision has no impact on how the College assesses a family’s need and calculates an aid package. Although tax returns, etc., are not available until January, the College will make an estimated decision based on the information provided on the CSS Profile, which the Student Financial Services Office will finalize after a family’s federal tax documents are filed. The financial aid package arrives with, or shortly after, a letter of admission. The College does not differentiate between Early Decision or Regular Decision when awarding financial aid. Because Middlebury’s financial aid is need-based, an applicant’s aid application will be neither hindered nor helped by applying early. Candidates should know that Early Decision should not be an option for those students who desire or require the opportunity to compare financial aid packages.
Early Decision Notification
Students applying in November under the ED I program are notified in mid-December. Students applying under the ED II program are notified in early February. Any financial aid decisions would accompany or directly follow our admission letter.
Early Decision Applicants that are not admitted for Early Decision
Applicants who are not offered admission during ED may be denied admission or deferred for reconsideration as part of the regular applicant pool. ED applicants who are deferred to the regular pool may be admitted, refused, or placed on our wait-list. Typically about 10–20% of the applicants who are deferred are offered admission in the spring. A student who was deferred and then offered admission is no longer expected to adhere to the “binding” commitment of ED. ED I applicants are not deferred into the ED II applicant pool; they are deferred into the regular decision applicant pool.