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    Early Decision & Early Action Notification Dates for the Class of 2028

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    Updated: July 11th, 2024
    Early Decision & Early Action Notification Dates for the Class of 2028

    As you might already know, applying to college is a big step. The application process can be both exciting and stressful. Part of that stress comes from wondering when you’ll hear back from the colleges you applied to. Luckily, this guide is focused on early decision and early action release dates so you can stay in the loop! Check out the list below to find your college or university’s admission notification dates.

    What is Early Decision?

    When you apply to colleges, there are usually deadlines to apply early action, early decision, or both. However, it’s important to understand the difference between early action and early decision because one is binding while the other isn’t.

    Early decision is a binding application, meaning in exchange for your early notification letter, you are required to attend that university. Under early decision, students can apply to only one school. However, they can usually apply to other schools early action and/or regular decision even if they have applied to one school early decision. In addition, some schools might allow students to apply early action, but restrict the types of applications they can submit to other schools. 

    See also: What happens if you are accepted early decision and change your mind?

    When do early decision notifications come out?

    Usually, applicants receive notifications for early decision at or around December 15 and toward the beginning of the year for early action. Find out the Early Decision release dates for your college of choice below, pulled from our supplemental essay list!

    American University ED 1: December 31 ED 2: February 15
    Amherst College Early to mid-December
    Babson College ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-FebruaryEA: January 1
    Barnard College Mid-December
    Baylor University ED 1: December 15 ED 2: March 1EA: January 15
    Boston College ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 15
    Boston University ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 15
    Bowdoin College ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February
    Brandeis University ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 1
    Bucknell University ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February
    California Institute of Technology Mid-December
    Carnegie Mellon University ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 1
    Claremont McKenna College ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 15
    Columbia University EA 1: March 1 EA 2: May 1
    Cornell University  Mid-December 
    Dartmouth College Mid-December
    Davidson College  April 1
    Duke University Mid-December
    Emory University ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 15
    Fordham University ED: December 20 EA: December 20
    George Washington University ED 1: late December ED 2: late February
    Georgetown University EA: December 15
    Georgia Tech EA 1: December 9 EA 2: late January
    Harvard University Mid-December
    Harvey Mudd College ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 15
    Haverford College ED 1: December 15 ED 2: Early February 
    Johns Hopkins University ED 1: December 16 ED 2: February 17
    Lafayette University ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 15
    Lehigh University ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February 
    Loyola Marymount University ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-FebruaryEA: mid-December
    Macalester College ED 1: December 4 ED 2: January 29
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mid-December
    Northwestern University Mid-December
    Pennsylvania State University December 24
    Pomona College ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 15
    Princeton University mid-December 
    Purdue University January 15
    Reed College ED 1: December ED 2: February EA: February 
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-January EA: late January
    Rice University Mid-December 
    Rutgers University February 15
    Santa Clara University ED 1: late December ED 2: mid-February EA: late December
    Scripps College ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February
    Stanford University  Mid-December
    Stony Brook University Before April 1
    Swarthmore College ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February 
    Syracuse University ED 1: December 16 ED 2: mid-January
    Texas A&M University Mid-December 
    Trinity College ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February
    Tufts University ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February 
    University of Chicago ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February EA: mid-December
    University of Colorado Boulder February 1
    University of Georgia Early December 
    University of Illinois  January 27
    University of Michigan Late January
    University of Pennsylvania  Mid-December 
    University of Richmond  January 25
    University of Rochester ED 1: mid-December ED 2: early February 
    University of San Diego N/A
    University of San Francisco  ED: mid-December EA: late January 
    University of Southern California Mid to late January 
    University of Texas February 1
    University of Wisconsin-Madison January 31
    Vanderbilt University ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February 
    Vassar College ED 1: mid-December ED 2: early February 
    Villanova University ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 15EA: January 20
    Wake Forest University ED 1: Rolling basis ED 2: February 15
    Washington University ED 1: December 16 ED 2: February 17
    Wellesley College ED 1: mid-December ED 2: mid-February
    Williams College December 15
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute  ED 1: December 15 ED 2: February 15

    What should you do while you wait?

    Waiting for a response from the college of your choice can make you feel restless, so be sure to do something positive with your energy. Don’t let the Early Decision release dates loom over you to the point where your school performance begins to dip. Remember, colleges still keep track of your grades and behavior even after you apply, so it’s ideal for you to maintain or improve your current GPA

    Also, remember to fill out financial aid applications such as FAFSA and the CSS Profile. These forms help colleges determine your financial aid award, but you can still receive scholarships without them. 

    Related: How many colleges should I apply to?

    What you should do after you receive your application:

    Once your notification letter comes in the mail, it’s decision time! Evaluate the colleges that have accepted you and the financial aid that they’re offering to see if they align with your expectations. 

    See also: How to choose a college

    There are usually deadlines for enrollment, so keep tabs on that to make sure you get your deposit in on time. You can also defer college enrollment for a period of time even after being accepted if you want to save up or take some time before starting school again. 

    Don’t miss: Colleges with late application deadlines

    Next Steps

    Next Steps

    • Now that you know the Early Decision release dates, take a step back and remember that worrying about it won’t make the decisions come any faster
    • While you wait to get your Early Decision applications back, remember to keep on top of your schoolwork and extracurriculars
    • Talk with your parents or guardians to get an idea of your financial decision so you’ll be able to understand whether your financial aid package will work for you
    • Make sure that you have some other applications submitted in case you don’t get in to your ED school
    • Remember to enjoy the rest of your senior year and your time with your friends and family!

    Now that you have an acceptance or two in hand, make sure that you apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for! Best of luck on your academic journey! 

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