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Class of 2028 Early Action and Early Decision Release Dates

Nov 28, 2023

Amidst finals season and holiday celebrations, students who applied to college Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) are anxiously awaiting to hear back about their admissions decision. Early admissions opportunities have become an increasingly desirable option for students and institutions alike, offering a slight boost to applicants’ chances of admission and to universities’ yield rate. This means that more students than ever are opting to apply early—this early application cycle saw a 41% increase over the 2019-20 cycle in applications submitted before November 1st. This also means that for more students than ever, December is filled with anxious anticipation for admissions decisions.

While this time of year can be particularly stressful as the anticipation rises, if you applied early, learning the exact date that you will hear back from your school can help to ease your nerves. Here’s our guide to navigating the month of December as an early action or early decision applicant!

I’m anxious to hear back from my Early Action or Early Decision school — what should I be doing while I wait?

This month can be particularly nerve-wracking, and that’s okay! Here are three things you can do while you await your admissions decisions:

  1. Keep your grades up: it’s easy to let senioritis sneak up on you, but it’s important to maintain top grades this semester. If you don’t receive an early acceptance, your grades will remain in consideration at your RD schools.
  2. Keep working on your regular decision applications:
    1. If you applied Early Action, there might be a handful (or more) of schools that you’re still interested in applying to, no matter what your Early Actions results are. Don’t procrastinate these applications: it’s important to give yourself enough time to submit the best work you can.
    2. If you applied Early Action, there might be a handful (or more) of schools that you’re still interested in applying to, no matter what your Early Actions results are. Don’t procrastinate these applications: it’s important to give yourself enough time to submit the best work you can.
  3. Finally, focus on enjoying your senior year. This will be your last holiday season as a high school student living at home — spend lots of time with your family and friends!

EA/ED decisions have been released for my dream school—what do I do now?

Whether celebrating an acceptance, grappling with rejection, or navigating the stress of a deferral, the release of EA/Ed decisions brings a wide range of emotions for students. If you are unsure of your next steps, our comprehensive guide to decision outcomes offers clear, actionable steps you can take—no matter the decision you’ve received! From writing a letter of continued interest to re-evaluating your college list and navigating EDII applications, discover what you can be doing to set yourself up for success.

When should I expect to hear back from my EA/ED school?

Below you will find a list of schools that have released their decision dates. We are updating the list in real time as schools verify their decision dates, so check back in if your school does not yet appear on the list!

 

School
Decision Type
Release Date
Release Time
University of Georgia
Early Action (in-state)
November 17th
Not Specified
William & Mary
Early Decision
December 5th
Not Specified
Boston College
Early Decision
December 5th
Not Specified
Tulane University
Early Decision
December 5th
Not Specified
Southern Methodist University
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Vassar College
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Colby College
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Williams College
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
University of Miami
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Amherst College
Early Decision
December 8th
6:21 PM
Haverford College
Early Decision
December 8th
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Early Decision
December 9th
Not Specified
Wesleyan University
Early Decision
December 9th
Not Specified
Middlebury College
Early Decision
December 9th
8:00 AM
Wellesley College
Early Decision
December 9th
10:00 AM
Caltech
Restrictive Early Action
December 9th
11:35 AM
Bucknell University
Restrictive Early Action
December 11th
9:00 PM
Swarthmore College
Early Decision
December 12th
7:00 PM
Barnard College
Early Decision
December 13th
6:30 PM
Colgate University
Early Decision
December 13th
7:13 PM
Washington and Lee University
Early Decision
December 13th
8:00 PM
American University
Early Decision
December 14th
4:00 PM
Clemson University
Early Action
December 14th
6:00 PM
Columbia University
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
Cornell University
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
Duke University
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
Fairfield University
Early Action
December 14th
6:00 PM
George Washington University
Early Decision
December 14th
Not Specified
Hamilton College
Early Decision
December 14th
8:00 PM
Princeton University
Single Choice Early Action
December 14th
7:00 PM
Rice University
Early Decision
December 14th
6:00 PM
Tufts University
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
University of Pennsylvania
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
Yale University
Single Choice Early Action
December 14th
5:00 PM
Bowdoin College
Early Decision
December 15th
6:00 PM
Brown University
Early Decision
December 15th
6:00 PM
Georgetown University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Florida State University
Early Action
December 14th
Late Afternoon
College of the Holy Cross
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Johns Hopkins University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
New York University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Northwestern University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Smith College
Early Decision
December 15th
5:00 PM
University of Georgia
Early Decision
December 15th
4:00 PM
University of Notre Dame
Restrictive Early Action
December 15th
6:42 PM
University of Richmond
Early Decision
December 15th
7:00 PM
University of Virginia
Early Decision
December 15th
5:00 PM
Villanova University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Washington University in St. Louis
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
MIT
Early Decision
December 16th
12:16 PM
Syracuse University
Early Decision
December 16th
Not Specified
University of Chicago
Early Decision & Early Action
December 18th
Not Specified
Colorado College
Early Action
December 19th
6:00 PM
Union College
Early Action
December 19th
Not Specified
Elon University
Early Action
December 20th
Not Specified
Macalester College
Early Action
December 20th
Not Specified
St. Olaf College
Early Action
December 22nd
Not Specified
Purdue University
Early Action
January 15th
Not Specified
Ohio State University
Early Action
January 19th
Not Specified
UMass Amherst
Early Action
January 24th
Not Specified
UIUC
Early Action
January 26th
Not Specified
URichmond
Early Action
January 26th
Not Specified
RPI
Early Action
January 27th
Not Specified
UNC Chapel Hill
Early Action
January 31st
Not Specified
Wake Forest University
Early Decision II
February 15th
Not Specified
Johns Hopkins University
Early Decision II
February 16th
Not Specified
University of Florida
Regular Decision
February 23rd
Not Specified
School
Decision Type
Release Date
Release Time
University of Georgia
Early Action (in-state)
November 17th
Not Specified
William & Mary
Early Decision
December 5th
Not Specified
Boston College
Early Decision
December 5th
Not Specified
Tulane University
Early Decision
December 5th
Not Specified
Southern Methodist University
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Vassar College
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Colby College
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Williams College
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
University of Miami
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Amherst College
Early Decision
December 8th
6:21 PM
Haverford College
Early Decision
December 8th
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Early Decision
December 8th
Not Specified
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Early Decision
December 9th
Not Specified
Wesleyan University
Early Decision
December 9th
Not Specified
Middlebury College
Early Decision
December 9th
8:00 AM
Wellesley College
Early Decision
December 9th
10:00 AM
Caltech
Restrictive Early Action
December 9th
11:35 AM
Bucknell University
Restrictive Early Action
December 11th
9:00 PM
Swarthmore College
Early Decision
December 12th
7:00 PM
Barnard College
Early Decision
December 13th
6:30 PM
Colgate University
Early Decision
December 13th
7:13 PM
Washington and Lee University
Early Decision
December 13th
8:00 PM
American University
Early Decision
December 14th
4:00 PM
Clemson University
Early Action
December 14th
6:00 PM
Columbia University
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
Cornell University
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
Duke University
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
Fairfield University
Early Action
December 14th
6:00 PM
George Washington University
Early Decision
December 14th
Not Specified
Hamilton College
Early Decision
December 14th
8:00 PM
Princeton University
Single Choice Early Action
December 14th
7:00 PM
Rice University
Early Decision
December 14th
6:00 PM
Tufts University
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
University of Pennsylvania
Early Decision
December 14th
7:00 PM
Yale University
Single Choice Early Action
December 14th
5:00 PM
Bowdoin College
Early Decision
December 15th
6:00 PM
Brown University
Early Decision
December 15th
6:00 PM
Georgetown University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Florida State University
Early Action
December 14th
Late Afternoon
College of the Holy Cross
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Johns Hopkins University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
New York University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Northwestern University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Smith College
Early Decision
December 15th
5:00 PM
University of Georgia
Early Decision
December 15th
4:00 PM
University of Notre Dame
Restrictive Early Action
December 15th
6:42 PM
University of Richmond
Early Decision
December 15th
7:00 PM
University of Virginia
Early Decision
December 15th
5:00 PM
Villanova University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
Washington University in St. Louis
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
MIT
Early Decision
December 16th
12:16 PM
Syracuse University
Early Decision
December 16th
Not Specified
University of Chicago
Early Decision & Early Action
December 18th
Not Specified
Colorado College
Early Action
December 19th
6:00 PM
Union College
Early Action
December 19th
Not Specified
Elon University
Early Action
December 20th
Not Specified
Macalester College
Early Action
December 20th
Not Specified
St. Olaf College
Early Action
December 22nd
Not Specified
Purdue University
Early Action
January 15th
Not Specified
Ohio State University
Early Action
January 19th
Not Specified
UMass Amherst
Early Action
January 24th
Not Specified
UIUC
Early Action
January 26th
Not Specified
URichmond
Early Action
January 26th
Not Specified
RPI
Early Action
January 27th
Not Specified
UNC Chapel Hill
Early Action
January 31st
Not Specified
Wake Forest University
Early Decision II
February 15th
Not Specified
Johns Hopkins University
Early Decision II
February 16th
Not Specified
University of Florida
Regular Decision
February 23rd
Not Specified

General Release Dates 

 

School
Decision Type
Release Date
Release Time
Princeton University
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
MIT
Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
Harvard University
Restricted Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
Stanford University
Restricted Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
Yale University
Single Choice Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
University of Pennsylvania
Early Decision
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
CalTech
Restricted Early Action
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
Duke University
Early Decision
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
Brown University
Early Decision
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
Johns Hopkins University
Early Decision, Early Desicion II
Mid-Decmber, Mid-February
Not Specified
Northwestern University
Early Decision
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
Columbia University
Early Decision
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
Cornell University
Early Decision
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
University of Chicago
Early Action, Early Decision, Early Decision II
Mid-Decmber, Mid December, Mid February
Not Specified
Rice University
Early Decision
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
Dartmouth College
Early Decision
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
Vanderbilt University
Early Decision, Early Decision II
Mid-Decmber, Mid-February
Not Specified
University of Notre Dame
Restricted Early Action
Mid-Decmber
Not Specified
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Early Action
Late January
Not Specified
Carnegie Mellon University
Early Action
December 15th
Not Specified
Emory University
Early Decision
December 15th
Not Specified
University of Virginia
Early Decision, Early Action
By December 15th, By February 15th
Not Specified
Washington University in St. Louis
Early Decision, Early Decision II
By December 15th, By February 16th
Not Specified
University of Florida
Priority Applicants:
Last Friday in February
Not Specified
University of Southern California
Early Action
In January
Not Specified
University of Texas at Austin
Priority Deadline
No later than February 1st
Not Specified
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Early Action
On or before January 31st
Not Specified
Boston College
Early Decision
By December 15th
Not Specified
School
Decision Type
Release Date
Release Time
Princeton University
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
MIT
Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
Harvard University
Restricted Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
Stanford University
Restricted Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
Yale University
Single-Choice Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
University of Pennsylvania
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
CalTech
Restricted Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
Duke University
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
Brown University
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
Johns Hopkins University
Early Decision, Early Decision II
Mid-December, Mid-February
Not Specified
Northwestern University
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
Columbia University
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
Cornell University
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
University of Chicago
Early Action, Early Decision, Early Decision II
Mid-December, Mid-December, Mid-February
Not Specified
Rice University
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
Dartmouth College
Early Decision
Mid-December
Not Specified
Vanderbilt University
Early Decision, Early Decision II
Mid-December, Mid-February
Not Specified
University of Notre Dame
Restricted Early Action
Mid-December
Not Specified
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Early Action
By late January
Not Specified
Carnegie Mellon University
Early Action
December 15
Not Specified
Emory University
Early Decision
By December 15
Not Specified
University of Virginia
Early Decision, Early Action
By December 15th, By February 15th
Not Specified
Washington University in St. Louis
Early Decision, Early Decision II
By December 15th, By February 16th
Not Specified
University of Florida
Priority Applicants
Last Friday in February
Not Specified
University of Southern California
Early Action
In January
Not Specified
University of Texas at Austin
Priority Deadline
No later than February 1st
Not Specified
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Early Action
On or before January 31st
Not Specified
Boston College
Early Decision
By December 15th
Not Specified