Almost all Early Decision programs are binding. Aside from occasional exceptions, applicants must agree to enroll if offered admission through the school’s Early Decision program. Many colleges and universities require applicants to explicitly agree to the school’s ED policy before being considered for Early Decision. Students deferred to the regular admissions round, and subsequently admitted, are generally not required to enroll.
Students are advised to carefully review the institution’s Early Decision policy prior to submitting an ED application. Students should consider applying Early Decision ONLY if they are certain that the school is their first choice, and they are confident they will be able to afford to attend.