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Ramapo College of New Jersey now offers Early Decision and Early Action/Priority Consideration to its freshman applicants.

 

Early Decision and Early Action/Priority Consideration Options:

Students applying for freshman admission are offered the choice of applying for Early Decision, Early Action/Priority Consideration or Regular Decision.

Early Decision (ED)

If you are certain that Ramapo College is your first-choice college and are ready to make a commitment, you may apply for Early Decision. Applying Early Decision means that you will apply early and receive an admission decision sooner than the Regular Decision applicant pool. Early Decision applicants will receive one of two possible decisions: an offer of admission or deferral to Regular Decision (for your first-choice major).

Early Decision is binding. This means that if you are offered admission, you must attend Ramapo College and withdraw any applications submitted to other schools.

The deadline to apply Early Decision and submit all credentials and supporting documents (transcript(s), standardized test scores, recommendation letters) is November 1. You will be notified by email of our decision on December 5.

Early Action (EA) & Priority Consideration

If you choose to apply for Early Action, it means that you will apply early and receive an admission decision sooner than the Regular Decision applicant pool. Early Action applicants will receive one of two possible decisions: an offer of admission or deferral to Regular Decision (for your first-choice major).

Early Action is non-binding. This means that if you are offered admission, you can decide whether or not you want to attend Ramapo College by May 1.

In addition to Early Action, we also have have priority consideration for our Nursing and Biology programs, as well as merit-based scholarships. The deadline to apply Early Action and Priority Consideration is December 15. Please note that you must submit all credentials and supporting documents (transcript(s), standardized test scores, recommendation letters) by January 15. You will be notified of our decision by email on February 1.

 

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When to Apply | Admissions & Financial Aid Deadlines

Admissions Application Deadline Financial Aid: File FAFSA Notification of Admission Decision Enrollment Deadline
Early Decision November 1 March 15 December 5 February 1
Early Action December 15 March 15 February 1 May 1
Regular Decision February 1 March 15 March 1 May 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply Early Decision?

If Ramapo College is your top choice school and you know that you do not want to go anywhere else, then you should apply Early Decision.

What is the difference between Early Decision and Early Action?

The main difference is that while Early Decision (ED) is a binding agreement, Early Action (EA) is not. Students can only submit one ED application to one school. Additionally, students who apply to the ED program and are admitted must submit an enrollment deposit to that college or university several weeks after they receive their offer of admission. Students who are admitted through the EA program have until May 1 to submit an enrollment deposit.

Who can apply Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration?

All freshmen applicants can apply Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration, including EOF and International applicants. All majors are eligible.

How does Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration affect scholarships?

All Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration applicants will automatically be reviewed for scholarship. Applying Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration does NOT negatively impact scholarship awards. If students are awarded a scholarship, they will receive notification with their decision letter.

How does Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration affect financial aid?

Early Decision and Early Action/Priority Consideration applicants should file their FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. Award Letters for Early Decision and Early Action/Priority Consideration applicants will be sent as soon as possible.

What if I am expecting a test score after the deadlines for Early Decision and Early Action/Priority Consideration?

If you’re expecting a new or your first test score after November 1 or December 15, you may still apply Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration. You should have your test scores sent to us as soon as possible so we can try to get your decision sent out. Students whose test scores arrive well after the deadline will receive their decision as soon as possible, but likely after the notification dates. These decisions would still be considered Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration unless otherwise noted.

Do students who apply Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration receive preferential treatment?

Students who apply Early Decision or Early Action/Priority Consideration will be reviewed using the same criteria as students who apply Regular Decision. However, the high level of interest displayed by students applying Early Decision will be noted by the Admissions Committee. We anticipate clearly competitive students in both applicant pools will be admitted at a slightly higher percentage than those in the Regular Decision pool.

How can I request an interview?

Students may request an interview by completing a brief form available here.

 

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