Early Decision?!

Christina Brooks on Friday, 29 October 2010. Posted in Admissions Process, Advising & Support, Student Life

So are ya thinking about applying for Early Decision here at RIT? Don’t know what Early Decision is?

Early Decision is an option for admissions, compared to Regular Decision. While Regular Decision applications find out about acceptance at the end of Feburary through March on a rolling basis, Early Decision students apply earlier (from now until December 1st, however you can apply Regular Decision now if you want) and find out about acceptance from late November through Janurary 15th. Yup, you read it right! Early Decision applications find out earlier than everyone else about acceptance AND financial aid. Here’s a link to the admission’s timeline for more details on dates for Early Decision!

Still not convinced? Here’s my story about how I wish I had done Early Decision.
Last year I was nervously applying for colleges around this time. On top of filling out all of the paper work, writing the essays, and making sure all of my AP and SAT scores were being sent to the right places, I had a portfolio to finish and send out as well. I visited RIT in the beginning of October last year on a Friday. I got a tour around campus, a residence hall tour, and then a tour of the Booth building, which houses the College of Design.  

After the campus tour alone, I knew this was the school for me. My tour guide was incredible, I had never seen anyone so energetic and excited to be at a school, especially compared to all of the other campus tours I had been on. The campus is gorgeous and the atmosphere was so inviting, I knew I belonged here. However, because I had already filled out applications for some other colleges already, I did not apply Early Decision. And I gotta admit, I really wish I did. Knowing that much earlier about being accepted would have taken so much stress off of my shoulders. Anxiously counting down those days till the letter would come was not fun. But thankfully, I did get accepted! And now I’m here, blogging to you about my mini sob story.

Moral of the story is, if you know you want to go to RIT, apply Early Decision. You won’t regret it. You may think now that waiting those extra couple of months to find out with Regular Decision will be fine, but the stress and anxiety builds up fast, especially when your friends start getting all of their acceptance letters. If you’re still not sold yet, no worries! Take a campus tour ! Visit the website ! Stalk the facebook page like I did before and after I was accepted! There are so many ways to get you connected to campus, no matter how far away you are, accepted or anxiously waiting! =)

Comments (17)

  • Portia


    31 October 2010 at 10:41 |
    i not even decide to what is my major for college. i already did apply for right now.
  • Harris Dagha

    Harris Dagha

    31 October 2010 at 12:37 |
    Thanks for your story!

    Already applied early, hopefully I get in!
  • Christina Brooks

    Christina Brooks

    31 October 2010 at 13:42 |
    If you don't know what major you want yet, you can do the University Studies program which will let you explore a variety of majors to help you decide or narrow down the search! =)

    Hope to see you both next year!
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    01 November 2010 at 08:59 |
    You forgot one other perk that comes with applying early - 1st choice of on-campus housing!

    Also- getting that Financial Aid package early can be a huge help in the decision-making process. All RIT students get the same financial aid whether they apply Early or through Regular Decision.

    If anyone has more questions about applying early, you can email the admissions staff at admissions@rit.edu.
  • Sophie


    02 November 2010 at 07:47 |
    Hi, I am starting to fill out my application for RIT and I'm not sure if I should go Early Decision or not. I am not entirely sure if I want to go to RIT or not. If I apply Early Decision and get accepted, do i HAVE to go to RIT? Or can I still decide whether or not I want to? And will be able to find out what financial aid i'll be able to get before I give my decision? Please help. Thank you! :)
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    02 November 2010 at 09:18 |
    Hi Sophie,

    Thank you for your comment! If you are accepted in Early Decision you will have until February 15th to make your decision about attending RIT or not. You will receive your financial aid package early in order to make this decision.

    On or before February 15th, if you decide you do NOT want to attend RIT, we will withdraw your application. If you decide you DO want to attend RIT, we will ask for a $300 deposit by February 15th to secure your space in the incoming class of 2011. At the time that you commit to RIT and send in your deposit, you must withdraw all other applications to other schools.

    I hope this is helpful. Please let us know if you have additional questions!
  • Steve


    17 December 2010 at 15:51 |

    I noticed the comment about first choice of On Campus Housing. Does that still apply if you wait until Feb 15 to make the decision? Does sending the $300 now deposit affect the financial aid offer in any way?
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    18 December 2010 at 13:40 |
    Hi Steve,
    Great questions. Housing preferences are given in the order of deposits received. Early Decision students are offered their first choice of housing because their deposit due date is months before the regular decision due date (May 1st). Sending in your $300 deposit now will NOT affect your financial aid offer in any way. RIT is very sensitive to student and family concerns regarding financial aid. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
  • Steve


    19 December 2010 at 05:54 |
    Thanks for the prompt reply. We also have an application into Clarkson. Do I have to withdrwaw that if I have sent the $300, or do I have to withdraw that by Feb 15? It was not an early decision application to Clarkson. The acceptance letter seemed to state that only after I had submitted the deposit and the housing contract, and by Feb 15, that I had to withdraw all other applications. I thought I should be able to wait to see what kind of Merit scholarships and financial aid RIT and Clarkson would offer.
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    19 December 2010 at 09:16 |
    No problem Steve. Allow me to clarify. Accepting admission and depositing with any school means that you are making a commitment to that school and in return you will have a space reserved for you in the incoming class. At the time you make this commitment (which is your deposit, the housing contract is not a part of this) you must withdraw all other applications. If you would like to review your other offer, I would wait until February 15th.
  • Steve


    19 December 2010 at 21:00 |
    Thanks for your help! I will call the admissions office tomorrow.
  • Steve


    29 January 2011 at 12:37 |

    I have submitted the $300 deposit. When do we need to complete the housing contract?

    Also, who can I talk to about getting the list of books needed for Mechanical Engr in the fall?
  • Steve


    29 January 2011 at 12:43 |
    Just FYI. if i use the search above, I get an error.

    Oops! This link appears to be broken.
    •Go to rit.­edu
    •Go to ambassador.­rit.­edu
    •Search ambassador.rit.edu for search
    •Search on Google:
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    29 January 2011 at 14:05 |
    Hi Steve,
    I am an admissions counselor. I can answer for Christina here. You can complete your housing contract anytime before May 1st and you will receive a list of required text books with your confirmation of course registration for the fall. Your academic advisor will be registering you for your first quarter classes. You will receive this information in early August.
  • venkat


    18 July 2013 at 07:57 |
    hello mam ,

    i have started my application ,for fall 2014 .
    and if i complete my application by end of august when can i expect the early decision .
  • Ellie


    27 October 2015 at 22:20 |
    I am trying to decide between early and regular decision! RIT is my first choice but I continue to doubt my 17 year old decision everyday. I visited RIT and did the College and Careers overnight visit which was amazing. I am in love with RIT and all it has to offer. I'm also considering SUNY ESF and I'm not sure which decision to make. If I apply for early decision, does that mean I'll have to withdraw my application for ESF before knowing if I'm accepted there?
    • Eric


      16 December 2015 at 17:29 |
      No, you'd have to withdraw from ESF in the event you got accepted, though RIT does offer a "friendly" version of the early decision process, so they'll work with you if you decide RIT isn't the best choice for you.

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