Under the Early Decision process, candidates who feel strongly that Kenyon is their first choice commit to attend the College if offered admission; they also guarantee that they have filed no other Early Decision applications and that they will withdraw any regular applications if admitted to Kenyon.
Early Decision candidates are judged by the same standards as all other applicants; they are simply evaluated within the context of a smaller group. The percentage of each incoming class enrolled by Kenyon in early decision varies from year to year but averages approximately 40 to 45 percent of the first-year class.
Option 1 is for candidates who have decided by mid-fall that Kenyon is their first college choice. The deadline for this plan is November 15; decisions will be mailed via First Class mail during the week of December 15. The $350 enrollment deposit must be made by January 15. Applicants must have taken the appropriate standardized tests during the spring or at the first fall date.
Option 2 is for candidates who decide in the late fall or early winter that Kenyon is their first college choice. The deadline for this plan is January 15; decisions will be mailed via First Class mail during the week of February 1. The $350 enrollment deposit must be made by February 15. Applicants who believe their fall-semester grades or the results of standardized tests taken in December will be important to their candidacy should choose this option.