Early Decision at CWRU FAQ

What are the Early Decision (ED) Dates?
ED 1 Application: November 15
ED 1 Decisions: December 5

ED 2 Application: January 15
ED 2 Decisions: Two weeks from application

Early Decision is a binding agreement, stating that the university is your first choice and if you are admitted you will enroll.

Is it easier to be admitted as an Early Decision applicant?

Here’s the reality: A large portion of the CWRU applicant pool is “admissible”—in other words, they represent the accomplishments, motivation and preparation Case values. But Case can only make so many offers of admission as they build their incoming class. There simply isn’t room on our campus for everyone they would like to admit. During the Early Action and Regular Decision processes, less than half of those “admissible” students make their way to being admitted. A much higher proportion of “admissible” Early Decision I and II applicants are offered admission - typically over 80%.

Is there a difference in financial aid awards for ED students (or EA or RD)?

This one is easy: Nope! CWRU meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, regardless of their admission plan. (You may want to review our financial aid application requirements if you have not already started this process.)

Merit scholarships?

The philosophy here is the same. CWRU recognizes students for their achievements and their potential to make significant impacts on our campus. Merit scholarships are not tied to a decision plan.

Should I apply Early Decision?

If you see yourself at CWRU, it’s easy to encourage you to apply! But this question is not as easy to answer, as it really is about you. Where will you thrive? Where will you find challenge and encouragement? Where will you be impactful?