Early Decision vs. Regular Decision

If you’ve flipped through our Viewbook, browsed our website, visited our campus and are thinking to yourself, “This is definitely the place for me,” then Early Decision is the way to go.

With Early Decision, you let us know we’re your top choice, and we reward you by giving you a decision earlier than the rest of our applicant pool. Compare the information below to decide if Early Decision is right for you.

Early Decision

You apply earlier than our regular application date and promise that if Harvey Mudd College accepts you, Harvey Mudd is where you will attend school.

This is a binding program—that means you’ll withdraw any applications to other colleges and won’t submit any new ones. Please remember, you’re only allowed to apply to one school’s Early Decision program.

Early Decision lets you wrap up your college plans earlier in the school year, so you can sit back, relax and let senioritis kick in. (We’re kidding about the last part. While you’re certainly done sweating the college search stuff, we’ll still ask for those final semester grades and expect you to continue demonstrating the academic success we witnessed in your application.)

In the past few years, about 36 percent of our incoming class entered through Early Decision. For Early Decision I, you must complete your testing requirements by the November ACT/SAT testing dates. For Early Decision II,  you must finish your testing requirements by the December ACT/SAT testing date.

Regular Decision

When you apply through the Regular Decision program, you simply apply by our regular application date.

Regular Decision may be right for you if you need more time to get your application ready or maybe you have your eye on a few schools and want more time to weigh your options. Just remember: Many more students apply for Regular Decision admission than Early Decision, so it takes us longer to evaluate these applications.

About 36 percent of the first-year class will have been reserved for Early Decision students, so a larger pool of applicants competes for a smaller number of spaces in the first-year class. We want to see grades from the first term of your senior year before we make a final decision. Your testing requirements must be complete by the December ACT/SAT testing date.