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Early Action vs. Regular Decision
If you believe that Santa Clara University might be a great fit, you have the option of applying under our Early Action (EA) program. If you decide to apply under EA, please note that you must submit all required documents by November 1.
If you are an EA applicant, three decision outcomes could occur by the end of December: admitted, denied, or deferred. Being admitted is nonbinding so you can still consider other college options and have until May 1 to make your enrollment decision. If you are denied admission, you cannot reapply. If you are deferred from EA, you are given the opportunity to be reevaluated during the Regular Decision (RD) process, and we ask that you submit your mid-year grades.
Regular Decision is the standard method of applying to a university and is the way to go if you are counting on your first semester or second trimester senior-year grades to significantly improve your academic profile. Our Regular Decision application deadline is January 7.
When it comes down to it, deciding between EA or RD is a personal choice. The main difference is the notification time.