Single-Choice Early Action

You may want to apply to Princeton University under the single-choice early action program, referred to by the Common Application as restrictive early action, if you have thoroughly researched your college options and have decided that Princeton is your first choice.

Under the nonbinding program, you must complete your application by Nov. 1. You may not apply to an early program at any other private college or university, but you may apply early to any public institution, as long as the decision is nonbinding. We will provide an admission decision by mid-December, including a decision on financial aid for those who have completed the Princeton Financial Aid Application.

Please also note the following:

  • You may apply to any international institution, as long as the decision is nonbinding.
  • You may apply to any college with a nonbinding rolling admission process.

There are three possible outcomes for those applying early to Princeton. We will either (a) offer admission, (b) deny admission or (c) defer a final decision on the application and review it again in the regular decision process.

If you are admitted for early action, you will have until May 1 to respond, enabling you to compare your admission and financial aid offers with those of other institutions where you may have applied under regular decision.

You are strongly encouraged to complete your standardized testing before the Nov. 1 deadline. If you take standardized tests in November, you should have your scores sent directly to Princeton.

Single-Choice Early Action Timeline

Application Deadline Nov. 1
Recommended deadline for standardized test score submissions Nov. 1
Admission decision mailed and made available online Mid-December
Student reply date by mail or online May 1