Early Decision

Each year, thousands of students ask us why they should consider applying Early Decision. Here are some of our reasons:

  • If you’re offered admission, your search process will be completed early. You could be one of the first among your classmates to wear your BU sweatshirt and show your Terrier Pride!
  • Applying Early Decision is the ultimate way to demonstrate your interest in BU, which is an opportunity for you to differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd.
  • Competition is keen. Think about this—would you rather be considered for admission as 1 of nearly 55,000 applicants or 1 of nearly 2,000 applicants?
  • Early Decision applicants receive the same consideration for financial aid as regular decision applicants. Last year, BU awarded $58 million in aid to incoming freshmen.

We know that students who are admitted through Early Decision bring an enthusiasm that inspires future classmates and enhances our academic community. If you know BU is right for you, why wait?

Key Dates

Application Type Application Deadline CSS Profile and FAFSA Deadline Notification Date Enrollment Deposit Due
Early Decision November 1 November 1 December 15 January 15
Early Decision 2 January 2* January 2 February 15 March 1

*Please note: some merit scholarships require you to apply by December 1.

Early Decision is a binding program available only for high school seniors applying for September admission.