Which Application Type is Right for Me?

Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision are different types application processes. What's the difference?

Early Action

Application Deadline: November 1

Early Action is a nonbinding application option. If you choose to apply to Stonehill as an Early Action applicant, you’ll be considered for admission earlier than students who apply as Regular Decision applicants, but you’re not required to enroll if you’re admitted. You will be notified of the decision before January 1, and have until May 1 to enroll.

Reasons to Apply Early Action

  1. You’ll get our attention by indicating that Stonehill is among your top choices
  2. Your college application will be done early, so you can focus on a strong finish to your senior year
  3. You'll get your admission decision back by January 1

Early Decision

Application Deadline: December 1

Early Decision is a binding application option. If you choose to apply to Stonehill as an Early Decision applicant and you’re admitted, you must enroll. As an Early Decision applicant, you’ll be considered for admission earlier than students who apply as Regular Decision applicants. Early Decision applicants must complete the Early Decision Agreement.

Reasons to Apply Early Decision

  1. You’ll get our attention by indicating that Stonehill is your first choice
  2. Your college application will be done early, so you can focus on a strong finish to your senior year
  3. You'll get your admission decision back by January 1
  4. You'll get your financial aid package back by January 1

Early Decision II

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1

Early Decision II is a binding application option and requires submission of the Early Decision Agreement.  Students admitted under the Early Decision II option are required to withdraw any offer of admission and pending applications at other institutions.

Reasons to Apply Early Decision II

  1. You’ll get our attention by indicating that Stonehill has emerged as your top choice in your senior year 
  2. Apply after our Regular Decision deadline but receive your admission decision weeks earlier, by February 15 compared to mid-March
  3. Have the opportunity to show us your academic performance in your first semester/trimester of senior year.  We can consider these grades when evaluating you for admission and merit scholarships
  4. Be among the first students to commit and secure your place in the incoming class

Regular Decision

Application Deadline: January 15

Regular Decision is a nonbinding application option. If you choose to apply to Stonehill as a Regular Decision applicant, the grades from your grade 12 first semester or trimester will be considered in our review. You will be notified of the decision early to mid-March, and have until May 1 to enroll.

Reasons to Apply Regular Decision

  1. You’ll have additional time beyond our early deadlines during your busy senior year to complete your application and essay, but will still receive full consideration for admission and merit-based scholarships
  2. You will have the opportunity to show us your most recent academic performance in your first semester/trimester of senior year - we can consider these grades when evaluating your application for admission and merit-based scholarships

Deferrals

Students who apply as Early Decision or Early Action applicants may be deferred to the Regular Decision application process. If your application is deferred to Regular Decision, we’ll review your grade 12 first semester or trimester grades and other factors to help us make a final decision.


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