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Early Action and Early Decision Deadlines Looming

An early application is a sure-fire way to boost your chances of admission, especially if you have great grades and top scores that are in range for the schools on your college list. If you’ve read our blog posts and admissions books, you know that your odds go way up when you apply in a binding Early Decision program. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the early decision stats that we collect and post each year. Your odds of admission were about three times greater if you applied early versus regular to Brown, Columbia, and Duke. At Dartmouth, the early decision admit rate was four times greater.

Although not the case for every early action school, there are certainly clear statistical benefits to applying early action as well.  At Harvard, your chances were five times greater last year if you applied early action than waiting until the regular round. Yale and Notre Dame applicants had more than double the rate of admission if they applied under early action. Overall, keep in mind that early decision gives a much better boost compared to early action across the board – that is the reward for a student willing to commit to a school.


Keep in mind that the reasons the admit rates trend higher in early at top private schools is that applicants with hooks (recruited athletes, legacies, VIP’s, underrepresented minority students) tend to get even more of an admission boost if they apply early. Are you an unhooked applicant? You will still benefit from a more thoughtful review as applicant pools are notably smaller and admissions staffs are not completely overwhelmed with applications to read. Plus you are read against a backdrop of many recruited athletes, legacies and borderline applicants so you may shine brighter against a dimmer background. Overall, regular applicant pools tend to be stronger.

These early deadlines are drawing near so we’ve made it easy for you and listed the specific dates for some top schools. Create your own spreadsheet and get organized. This is a critical time for you, seniors. Leverage the early round and up your odds.


CollegeEarly Deadline(s)
American UniversityEDII: 1/15/21
Amherst CollegeED: 11/16/20
Babson CollegeEDI and EA: 11/1/20EDII: 1/2/21
Barnard CollegeED: 11/1/20
Bates CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/1/21
Baylor UniversityEDII: 1/1/21
Bentley UniversityED: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/7/21
Boston CollegeEA: 11/1/20; EDII: 1/1/21
Boston UniversityEDI: 11/1/20; EDII: 1/1/21
Bowdoin CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/5/21
Brandeis UniversityEDII: 1/1/21
Brown UniversityED: 11/1/20
Bryn Mawr CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/1/21
BucknellEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/15/21
CalTechEA: 11/1/20
Carelton CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
Carnegie Mellon UniversityED: 11/1/20; EA (juniors) 1/1/21
Case Western ReserveEDII: 1/15/21
Claremont McKennaEDI: 11/1/20; EDII: 1/5/21
Colby CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/1/21
Colgate UniversityEDI: 1/15/21; EDII: 1/15/21
College of the Holy CrossEDII: 1/15/21
College of William and MaryEDII: 1/1/21
Colorado CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
Columbia UniversityED: 11/1/20
Connecticut CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/15/21
Cornell UniversityED: 11/16/20
Dartmouth CollegeED: 11/1/20
Davidson CollegeEDII: 1/4/21
Denison CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
Dickinson CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/15/21
Duke UniversityED: 11/16/20
Emerson CollegeEDI/EA: 11/1/20
Emory UniversityEDI: 11/1/20 EDII: 1/1/21
Fairfield UniversityEDII: 1/15/21
Franklin and Marshall CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
George Washington UniversityEDII: 1/5/21
Georgetown UniversityEA: 11/1/20
Gettysburg CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
Grinnell CollegeEDII: 1/1/21
Hamilton CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/1/21
Hampshire CollegeEDII: 1/1/21
Harvard UniversityREA: 11/1/20
Harvey Mudd CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/5/21
Haverford CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/1/21
Hobart and William Smith CollegesEDII: 1/15/21
Johns Hopkins UniversityED: 11/2/20; EDII: 1/4/21
Kenyon CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
Lafayette CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
Lake Forest CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
Lehigh UniversityEDII: 1/1/21
Macalaster CollegeEDII: 1/1/21
Middlebury CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/1/21
MITEA: 11/1/20
Muhlenberg CollegeEDII: 2/1/21
New York UniversityEDI: 11/1/20; EDII: 1/1/21
Northeastern UniversityEDII: 1/1/21
Northwestern UniversityED: 11/1/20
Oberlin CollegeEDII: 1/2/21
Occidental CollegeEDII: 2/1/21
Pitzer CollegeEDII: 1/1/21
Pomona CollegeEDI: 11/15/20; EDII: 1/8/21
Rice UniversityED: 11/1/20
Rochester Institute of TechnologyEDII: 1/1/21
Santa Clara UniversityEDII: 1/7/21
Sarah Lawrence CollegeEDII: 1/2/21
Scripps CollegeEDII: 1/5/21
Sewanee: University of the SouthEDII: 1/15/21
Skidmore CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
Smith CollegeEDII: 1/1/21
Southern Methodist UniversityEDII: 1/15/21
Stanford UniversityREA: 11/1/20
Stonehill CollegeEDII: 2/1/21
Stevens Institute of TechnologyEDII: 1/15/21
SwarthmoreED: 11/15/20; EDII:1/4/21
Syracuse UniversityEDII: 1/1/21
Trinity CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
Trinity UniversityEDII: 2/1/21
Tufts UniversityEDI: 11/17/20; EDII: 1/1/21
Tulane UniversityEA: 11/15/20; EDI: 11/1/20
Union CollegeEDII: 1/15/21
University of ChicagoEA/EDI: 11/2/20; EDII: 1/4/21
University of MiamiEDII: 1/1/21
University of MichiganEA: 11/15/20
UNC Chapel HillEA: 10/15/20
University of PennsylvaniaED: 11/1/20
University of RichmondEDII: 1/1/21
University of RochesterEDII: 1/20/21
University of South CarolinaEA: 10/15/20
University of VirginiaEDI/EA: 11/1/20
Vanderbilt UniversityEDI: 11/1/20 EDII: 1/1/21
Vasser CollegeEDII: 1/1/21
Villanova UniversityEA/ED: 11/15/20: EDII: 1/15/21
Wake Forest UniversityEDII: 1/1/21
Washington and Lee UniversityEDII: 1/1/21
Washington U. St. LouisEDI: 11/1/20; EDII: 1/2/21
Wellesley CollegeEDII: 1/1/21
Wesleyan UniversityEDII: 1/15/21
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteEDII: 1/15/21
Yale UniversitySCEA: 11/1/20


Be sure to finalize your Early Decision II and/or Regular round essays and have them locked and loaded in your online application accounts (UC Application, Common App, etc.). We can help you with your application and your essays immediately via our Common App 911 and Essay Guidance packages! Don’t miss the opportunity to leverage yourself, your essays and your application.


It is your responsibility to ensure every piece of your application has been submitted INCLUDING what your high school is supposed to submit. CHECK the specifics for your early round colleges as policies vary by school and then do your due diligence to ensure all of your ducks are in a row. It’s imperative you stay on top of this important administrative piece to your application. After all, your school won’t get deferred because a document was missing, YOU will.

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Class of 2024: Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates

Your early round applications are IN and as the great Tom Petty originally sang, ‘The waiting is the hardest part’. Boy, was he ever right! We’ve compiled the most up-to-date listing of early decision and early action notification dates for you. Sit back, relax and let the admissions letters (acceptances we hope) roll in!

Best of luck!!


As promised, early results are rolling in for Top Tier students… Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Swarthmore… the list goes on and year after year, we are overcome with joy! What a wonderful time of year! Hard work pays off and when we release our final results you’ll see just what we mean.

Many of the below have been updated as results are being released as we type… stay tuned and be sure to check your email (that you submitted your application with) frequently!


Amherst College December 15th
Babson College EDI & EA: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February
Barnard College Mid-December
Boston College EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
Boston University

Brown University

EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th


Bucknell University EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) EA: Mid-December
Carnegie Mellon University ED: December 15th
Claremont McKenna College EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
Colgate University EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-March
Columbia University Mid-December
Connecticut College EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February
Cornell University December 12th
Dartmouth College December 12th
Duke University December 12th
Emory University EDI: by December 15th; EDII: by February 15th
Georgetown University December 15th
Hamilton College


Harvard University

EDI: by December 15th; EDII by February 15th

December 12th

Harvey Mudd College EDI: mailed December 15th; EDII: mailed February 15th
Haverford College EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
Johns Hopkins University by December 15th
Massachusetts Institute of Technology December 14th
Middlebury College

New York University

EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February

EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th

Northwestern University Mid-December
Pomona College EDI: by December 15th; EDII: by February 15th
Princeton University December 12th
Rice University by mid-December
Stanford University December 15th
Swarthmore College Online December 12th
Tufts University EDI: mid-December; EDII: mid-February
Tulane University ED: by December 15th; EA: January 15th
University of Chicago EA/EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February
University of Michigan EA: no later than December 24th
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by end of January
University of Pennsylvania ED: Mid-December
University of Virginia ED: Mid-December; EA: aim to release by Mid-February
Vanderbilt University EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February
Villanova University

Wake Forest University

EDI: by December 20th

EDI: Rolling by mail only; EDII: approximately February 15th by mail only

Washington University in St. Louis EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 14th
Wellesley College EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February; Regular Decision w/Early Evaluation: Late February
Wesleyan University EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February
Williams College December 15th
Worcester Polytechnic Institute EAI: December 20th; EAII: February 10th
Yale University SCEA: December 16th, 5pm EST

Notice a school of interest not listed? Simply let us know in the comments and we’ll gather the information for you and post.

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Colleges With Late Application Deadlines

Colleges with late application deadlines are out there if still needed. You can view the complete NACAC list here or peruse our quick-view list of some notables below. It’s not too late!


Adelphi (NY)

Antioch College (OH)

Bard College at Simon’s Rock (MA)

Barry University (FL)

Baylor University (TX)

Bennington College (VT)

Butler University (IN)

Chapman University (CA)

Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Colby-Sawyer College (NH)

Creighton University (NE)

Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)

Franklin Pierce University (NH)

Goucher College (MD)

Hamline University (MN)

Hobart & William Smith College (NY)

Ithaca College (NY)

Loyola University New Orleans (LA)

Manhattanville College (NY)

Penn State University (PA)

Providence College (RI)

Quinnipiac University (CT)

Regis University (CO)

Santa Clara University (CA) **transfer only

St. John’s College (both campuses, MD and NM)

Stetson University (FL)

Suffolk University (MA)

Syracuse University (NY)

Texas Christian University (TX)

The American University of Paris (France)

The New School (NY)

University of Alabama (AL)

University of Edinburgh (England)

Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

University of Denver (CO)

University of Miami (FL)

University of Oregon (OR)

Ursinus College (PA)

Willamette University (OR)