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FAQ

What is early decision?

Early decision applicants make a binding commitment to enroll at the College of Charleston if admitted.

Students who apply early decision agree to the following if admitted:

  • decline any acceptances to institutions other than the College of Charleston.
  • withdraw applications from all other institutions.
  • submit a nonrefundable deposit to the College of Charleston by January 1.

Who should apply early decision?

Students should select the early decision option only if they have identified the College of Charleston as their first choice and will not use scholarships and financial aid as a primary factor in their decision.

Transfer applicants and students considering a gap-year are not eligible for early decision.

What are the benefits of applying early decision?

Early decision applicants will:

  • receive a decision and scholarship offer well in advance of early action or regular notification.
  • be given priority consideration for housing.
  • reduce stress by cutting time spent awaiting a decision.
  • save time and expense of submitting multiple applications.

When will I receive my decision?

Decision letters are issued by early December.

When do I have to have all supplementary materials submitted?

Application materials for early decision candidates must be submitted by November 1.

Can I apply to other institutions?

Students may apply to other schools but may only apply to one school through a binding early decision process.

Students accepted for early decision agree to withdraw any applications from all other colleges and submit a nonrefundable deposit by January 1.

What is the difference between early decision and early action?        

Early decision applicants make a binding commitment to enroll at the College of Charleston in the following fall if admitted. Application materials for early decision candidates must be submitted by November 1. Decision letters are issued by early December.

The early action deadline is non-binding and provides applicants with their admission decision by mid-January. In order to be considered, the application for admission and supplementary materials must be submitted by December 1.

Can I still apply to Honors?

 Yes. Visit honors.cofc.edu/admission/ to learn more about admission into the Honors College.

What happens if I’m admitted?

By applying early decision, students are agreeing to the following if admitted:

  • decline any acceptances to institutions other than the College of Charleston.
  • withdraw applications from all other institutions.
  • submit a nonrefundable deposit to the College of Charleston by January 1.