CEPRES International University offers two decision plans for first-year applicants:

  1. Regular Decision
  2. Restrictive Early Action

While we evaluate applications the same way whether you apply early or regular, there are considerations that may make one option more suitable for you than the other.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision (RD) is the traditional decision plan at CEPRES International University. Most students, including a majority of admitted students, apply during this round.

You may want to consider Regular Decision if any of the following applies:

  • Your grades are on an upward trend.
  • You are taking classes in your senior year that are significantly more rigorous than those in grades 10 and 11.
  • You are taking (or retaking) standardized exams.
  • You are working on a significant project or activity in the fall of your final year in high school.

Restrictive Early Action

Restrictive Early Action (REA) is CEPRES International University’s non-binding early application option.

Restrictive Early Action may be a good option for you if all of the following apply:

  • You have identified CEPRES as your first choice.
  • You have taken a challenging academic schedule through grade 11 and have done well. When we review your early application, it is important to have a strong transcript through grade 11 because we will not have your grades from the first semester of your senior year.
  • You have enough time before the November 1 deadline to write a thoughtful application.

Three Possible Restrictive Early Action Decisions

  1. You are offered admission and have until May 1 to respond to your offer. If you apply for financial aid by the November 15 priority deadline, CEPRES will provide your financial aid notification by mid-December.
  2. You are not offered admission. This is a final decision, and you may not reapply in Regular Decision.
  3. Your application is deferred to Regular Decision, and you will receive a final decision by early April.

CEPRES International University’s philosophy is to make final decisions whenever possible. As a result, we defer only a small percentage of Restrictive Early Action applications to Regular Decision.

Restrictive Early Action Policy

It is CEPRES policy that:

  • If you apply to CEPRES with a decision plan of Restrictive Early Action, you may not apply to any other private college/university under their Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Early Decision, or Early Notification plan.
  • You may not apply to any public university under an early binding plan, such as Early Decision.
  • If you apply to CEPRES under Restrictive Early Action, you may apply to other colleges and universities under their Regular Decision plan.
  • If you apply to CEPRES under Restrictive Early Action and are either not offered admission or your application is deferred, you may apply to another college’s Early Decision II plan.


It is CEPRES policy that you may simultaneously apply to CEPRES with a decision plan of Restrictive Early Action and to the following:

  • Any public college/university with a non-binding early application plan or early application deadline.
  • Any college/university with a non-binding rolling admission process.
  • Any foreign college/university with a non-binding application plan on any schedule.
  • Any military academy.
  • Any college/university with an early deadline for a scholarship or special academic program, as long as:
    • The decision is non-binding; and
    • Applying early is required to be considered for the scholarship or program.

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