Early Decision

Early Decision (ED) is an application program designed for students who believe Bowdoin is their top choice for college.

ED is a "binding" option; that is, if admitted, a student is required to enroll at Bowdoin, and to withdraw applications from other schools.

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Early Decision (ED) applicants to Bowdoin may apply under one of two programs:

  • Early Decision 1 
  • Early Decision 2 

The only difference between ED1 and ED2 is the deadline. The same selection criteria are used for both programs, both are binding, and both expect that an applicant will enroll if admitted.

Early Decision Agreement

Candidates for either ED program agree that they will enroll at Bowdoin if admitted. Early Decision candidates may file Regular Decision applications at other colleges, but only with the understanding that, if they are admitted to Bowdoin under Early Decision, any other applications will be withdrawn and no new applications will be initiated.

It is a violation of the ED Agreement to file an Early Decision application at two separate institutions simultaneously.

Responsibility for understanding and complying with the rules of Early Decision rests with the candidate. Should an ED candidate violate the provisions of the program, the College may withdraw its offer of admission and financial aid.

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