Information for enrolled students who consider deferring their matriculation at Princeton for fall 2020.
Single-Choice Early Action
Princeton University’s single-choice early action program is a nonbinding process. If admitted, you have until May 1 to notify us about your decision to matriculate. If you apply single-choice early action, also known as restrictive early action, on Nov. 1, you may not apply to an early program at any other private college or university. However, please note the following:
You may apply early to any public institution or service academy, as long as the decision is nonbinding.
You may apply early to any international institution, as long as the decision is nonbinding.
You may apply early to any college or university with a nonbinding rolling admission process.
You are strongly encouraged to complete your standardized testing(Please see statement from Dean Richardson about expectations for the upcoming year.) before the Nov. 1 deadline. If you take standardized tests in November, you should have your scores sent directly to Princeton. Please review our standardized testing policy.
If you apply early action, there are three possible outcomes for your admission decision. We will either:
Or, defer a final decision on the application and review it again in the regular decision process.
We will provide an admission decision in mid-December.
The Princeton Financial Aid application deadline for single-choice early action is Nov. 9. If you are admitted in early action and have completed the Princeton Financial Aid Application, you will be notified of any financial aid award at the time you are offered admission. We will provide an admission decision by mid-December. You will have until May 1 to respond, enabling you to compare your admission and financial aid offers with those at other institutions to which you’ve been admitted in the regular decision process.