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Domestic Applicants

We are thrilled that you are considering Denison during your college search, and we look forward to getting to know more about you through this process!

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 toward their academic life and who, in addition, would bring a variety of interests, characteristics, and personal qualities to our dynamic campus community. Our admission committee gives careful attention to the following components of your application:

Required Application Items & Additional Information

Required Items

Additional Information

Common Application or Coalition Application

Once you submit your application, you will be emailed a confirmation that includes login information for your online portal (where you can keep track of your other application materials). A personal essay is included in this application.

Counselor Recommendation

Your counselor will submit this recommendation directly to us.

High School Transcript

Your counselor must send us a copy of your official transcript. We will use this to recalculate your GPA and evaluate your academic performance and course selection*.

School Report

Your counselor will submit this form directly to us.

Teacher Evaluation

At least one teacher of a core course must submit a teacher evaluation form for you. You can invite your teachers to do this online, which is how they will submit the evaluation to us.

Early Decision Agreement

This contract—signed by you, a parent/guardian, and your counselor—is required for early decision applicants.

Optional Application Items & Additional Information

Optional Items

Additional Information

ACT or SAT Scores

Submission of test scores is optional. Any test scores submitted are superscored.

Interview (on campus with an admission counselor or senior interviewer, or off campus with an alumnus/alumna)

Interviews are optional but recommended when logistically possible.

Fine/Performing Arts Supplement

Students interested in creative writing, dance, music, studio art, or theatre may submit supplementary arts materials for evaluation. This is done through the Denison Applicant Portal, which is available once the Common or Coalition Application has been submitted.

* We strongly recommend that you complete four years of English and at least three years of mathematics, foreign language, science, and social studies during high school. We also encourage you to challenge yourself with rigorous courses, when available and within reason.

All offers of admission are conditional based on Denison’s Conditions of Admission policy.

Application Rounds & Submission Deadlines

Application Round

Submission Deadline

Decision Notification Sent

Reply Deadline

Early Decision I (binding)

November 15

December 15

7-10 days

Early Decision II (binding)

January 15

February 15

7-10 days

Regular Decision

January 15


May 1

Regardless of when an admission decision is released, all admission decisions become final and official on April 1. Any appeals must be submitted prior to April 1.

Denison University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. No person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, religion, creed, or disability.

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