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Dates & Deadlines

It’s important to meet the application deadlines for ideal financial aid packaging and scholarship decisions. You must submit all materials by the dates below. All mailed materials should be postmarked by the dates below (they do not necessarily have to reach our office by these dates).

 As a reminder, Early Decision is a binding plan for those certain that Rochester is their first choice institution. Under either application plan, students will be considered for both admission and merit scholarships. To apply for financial aid, students must also submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile forms.

First-year application deadlines

Application Notification Reply
Early decision I (ED I) November 1 Mid December Within 3 weeks of notification
Early decision II (ED II) January 5 Early February Within 3 weeks of notification
Regular decision (RD)* January 5 April 1 May 2
Spring regular decision** October 15 December 1 Within 3 weeks of notification

*To be given highest scholarship consideration, please send all application materials to Rochester by December 1.

**Combined Degree Programs (CDP) are not available for a spring term start. Applicants interested in any of our CDPs should apply for the fall term using the deadlines below.

Combined degree program deadlines

Application Notification Reply
REMS November 15 Mid-January May 1
GEAR, GRADE, HEAL ED I: November 1

ED II: January 5

RD: January 5

ED I: Mid-December

ED II: Early February

RD: April 1

Varies by application round
DDE January 5 Mid-March May 1
DDN January 5 Mid-March May 1
Transfer Fall GEAR, GRADE, HEAL March 15 Rolling basis (April–May) Specified in decision letter
Transfer Spring GEAR, GRADE, HEAL October 15 Rolling basis (October–November) Specified in decision letter

Transfer application deadlines

Application Review by Admissions Notification Reply
Fall Semester March 15 (for priority consideration)
June 12 (closes for submission)
June 20 (material accepted until)
4–6 weeks (March–June) Rolling basis (March–late June) 3-4 weeks (date specified in decision letter)
Spring Semester October 15 (for priority consideration)
December 1 (closes for submission)
December 4 (material accepted until)
4–6 weeks (September–December) Rolling basis (October–early December) 3-4 weeks (date specified in decision letter)

Early decision I & II

The early decision (ED) application process is designed for first-year applicants who are certain Rochester is their first-choice school. Almost one-third of the entering class applied ED. By applying ED, you are entering a binding agreement committing to Rochester if you are admitted.

In recent years, we have seen a higher number of students apply and gain admission to Rochester through ED because, in large part, they have demonstrated an understanding of Rochester and the unique opportunities available. It’s not that they gain admission more often because they applied ED; it’s that the type of student more likely to gain admission is the type of student to apply ED.

Applying early decision

You must submit your application by November 1 (ED I) or January 5 (ED II).

Students who have originally applied regular decision (RD) may contact the Office of Admissions to have their application switched to ED II as long as they do not have an active ED application at another institution.

You, your parent/guardian, and a school counselor must complete and sign the Early Decision Confirmation Agreement in the application portal you’ve chosen.

You can only apply early decision to one institution.

Early decision notification

ED applicants are notified earlier than regular decision applicants: in mid-December (ED I) or early February (ED II).

If admitted ED, you are required to enroll at Rochester and withdraw any applications submitted to other schools. If denied ED, you will not be reconsidered with the regular decision pool.

A few ED applicants’ decisions may be postponed (or deferred) if we feel we need additional information to make a final decision and, therefore, will be reconsidered for admission along with the regular decision pool.

Financial aid and early decision

Early decision applicants receive the same consideration for financial aid as regular decision applicants. The Net Price Calculator can help you determine if early decision is a viable option for you.

ED students submit the same forms that a regular decision applicant would submit—the deadlines are just earlier. The FAFSA (school code 002894) and CSS Profile (school code 2928) will need to be submitted by December 1 for ED students to be considered for need-based financial aid.

Your financial aid package will be emailed to you in late December (about 5–10 business days after your admissions decision).

All applicants to Rochester are eligible and automatically considered for merit scholarships.

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