Early Decision

Early Decision is the best way for students to apply if Rhodes is their first choice college.  These students declare their college intentions by applying Early Decision for admission and making a commitment to enroll if admitted. Early Decision applicants:

  • Receive priority consideration for admission. 
  • Receive priority consideration for merit-based and need-based financial aid.
  • Shorten their college application cycle. Admitted Early Decision students can be confident about their college enrollment before the end of fall semester of their senior year.

There are two Early Decision rounds to consider. 

Early Decision I 

  • Students must apply via the Common Application by November 1 for Early Decision I consideration. Rhodes begins to review Early Decision I applications on October 1 and normally delivers both admission and merit scholarship decisions within two weeks of reception of all supporting documents including financial aid applications (if applicable).  
  • Students wanting to be considered for merit scholarship need only submit their completed application for admission.  
  • Students accepted Early Decision I must make a $500 enrollment deposit within two weeks of notification.  
  • To be considered for need based aid, Early Decision I applicants are required to complete both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by November 1. Notification of need based aid begins November 15. Students seeking need based financial aid must make their $500 enrollment deposit no later than December 1.  

Early Decision II 

  • Students must apply via the Common Application by January 15 for Early Decision II consideration. Rhodes begins to review Early Decision II applications on November 15 and normally delivers both admission and merit scholarship decisions within two weeks of reception of all supporting documents including financial aid applications (if applicable).
  • Students wanting to be considered for merit scholarship need only submit their completed application for admission.  
  • Students accepted Early Decision II must make a $500 enrollment deposit within two weeks of notification. 
  • To be considered for need based aid, Early Decision II applicants are required to complete both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by November 15. Notification of need based aid begins February 1st. Students seeking need based financial aid must make their $500 enrollment deposit no later than February 15.