Apply to Denison

What We're Looking for In You

Apply to Denison

We are pleased that you are considering Denison to pursue your future ambitions, and look forward to getting to know more about you.

In evaluating your application to Denison, we take a number of things into consideration about you as an individual. We are seeking students who have demonstrated a seriousness towards their academic life and in addition, bring a variety of interests, characteristics, and personal qualities in a combination that is unlike any other.

We give careful attention to:

  • The rigor of your course load—we seek students that embrace an academic challenge
  • Grade Point Average and Classroom Performance
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores (submission is optional)
  • Personal essay
  • Written recommendations from your school counselor and a teacher in an academic subject
  • Extracurricular accomplishments at school, in your community, or your job (We suggest investing more time in a few interests, rather than spreading yourself thin.)
  • On-campus interviews, either with the admissions staff or a Senior Interviewer (not required, but suggested)
  • Education Requirements: We strongly recommend that you complete four years of English, at least three years of mathematics, foreign language, science, and social studies prior to applying.

Denison University admits students of any race, color, religion, age, personal handicap, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, and national or ethnic origin.

How to Apply

Admission to Denison University is highly competitive. The submission of standardized test scores is optional for admission consideration. Students should be advised the submission of test scores is required upon matriculation.

  1. Prospective Student Inquiry Form (Part I)
    Fill out the Prospective Student Inquiry Form. This helps us get to know you better and keep you informed about Denison. This form begins the application process.
  2. Common Application (Part II)
    Submit the Common Application. If you complete the Common Application online, we will waive the $40 application fee.

Matriculating first-year students are required to pay an enrollment deposit of $300 by the May 1st reply deadline. Any enrolled student withdrawing forfeits this deposit. Enrollment Deposits can be paid online with a credit card.


To complete your application for admission, you will need the following items:


Application Deadlines
Application Deadlines Parts I & II Received By Notification By
Early Decision I (binding) November 15th December 1st
Early Decision II (binding) January 15th February 1st
Regular Admission January 15th April 1st
Candidates reply by May 1st