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      Early Action, Early Decision Deadlines and Regular Deadlines 2019 – 2020 | Undergraduate (Freshman) Application Deadlines for Fall 2020

      Early Action / Early Decision Deadlines for Fall 2020

      Are you looking to apply for undergraduate admissions at top US colleges for 2020 (Class of 2024)? When it comes to getting admitted to the top elite colleges in the US, timing is critical. When you need to submit your Common Application will depend on whether you are making an Early ActionEarly Decision or Regular Decision application. For the majority of colleges, the Early Action deadline is 1 November 2019, and the Regular Decision deadline 1 January 2020. But, application deadlines for undergraduate admissions do vary from college to college.


      Early Decision and Early Application plans can be advantageous to students. Typically, the acceptance rates are significantly higher during the early decision and early application rounds than in the regular application rounds. Have a look at the early application (EA & EA) statistics for the Class of 2023Class of 2022, and Class of 2021 at the top colleges in the US.


      Early Action, Early Decision & Regular Application Deadlines (Undergraduate) 2019 – 2020

      Co-authored by Purna Rao



      College / UniversityEarly Action / Early Decision DeadlineRegular Decision DeadlineOverall Acceptance Rate
      American UniversityNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 15 (ED2)Jan 1526%
      Amherst CollegeNov 1 (ED)Jan 114%
      Boston CollegeNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 129%
      Boston UniversityNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 6 (ED2)Jan 633%
      Bowdoin CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 115%
      Brown UniversityNov 1 (ED)Jan 27%
      Bucknell UniversityNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 15 (ED2)Jan 1530%
      CalTechNov 1 (EA)Jan 39%
      Carleton CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 15 (ED2)Jan 1523%
      Carnegie Mellon Nov 1 (ED)Jan 124%
      Claremont McKenna CollegeNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 5 (ED2)Jan 59%
      Colby CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 119%
      Colgate UniversityNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 15 (ED2)Jan 1527%
      Colorado CollegeNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 15 (ED2)Jan 1516%
      Columbia UniversityNov 1 (ED)Jan 16%
      Cornell UniversityNov 1 (ED)Jan 215%
      Dartmouth CollegeNov 1 (ED)Jan 29%
      Davidson CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 2 (ED2)Jan 620%
      Duke UniversityNov 1 (ED)Jan 213%
      Emory UniversityNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 125%
      Georgia TechOct 15 (EA)Jan 132%
      Georgetown UniversityNov 1 (EA)Jan 1015%
      Grinnell CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 1520%
      Hamilton CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 126%
      Harvard UniversityNov 1 (EA) - Restrictive or single choice early actionJan 15%
      Harvey Mudd CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 5 (ED2)Jan 513%
      Haverford CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 1521%
      Johns Hopkins UniversityNov 1 (ED)Jan 213%
      Kenyon CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 15 (ED2)Jan 1527%
      Macalester CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 1537%
      Middlebury CollegeNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 120%
      MITNov 1 (EA)Jan 18%
      New York UniversityNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 127%
      Northwestern UniversityNov 1 (ED)Jan 28%
      Oberlin CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 2 (ED2)Jan 1528%
      Princeton UniversityNov 1 (EA) - Restrictive or single choice early actionJan 16%
      Pomona CollegeNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 15 (ED2)Jan 159%
      Scripps CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 3 (ED2)Jan 330%
      Smith CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 2 (ED2)Jan 2537%
      Stanford UniversityNov 1 (EA) - Restrictive or single choice early actionJan 25%
      Tufts UniversityNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 114%
      University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles and Others)NANov 3017 - 18%
      University of ChicagoNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 28%
      University of PennsylvaniaNov 1 (ED)Jan 58%
      UNC Chapel HillOct 15 (EA)Jan 1527%
      University of ChicagoNov 1 (EA)Jan 28%
      University of FloridaNov 1 (EA)Mar 1 - Application considered on space-available basis46%
      University of Michigan - Ann ArborNov 1 (EA)Feb 129%
      University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesNov 1 (EA)Jan 145%
      University of Notre DameNov 1 (EA) - Restrictive or single choice early actionJan 119%
      University of Southern CaliforniaNADec 116%
      UT AustinNov 1 (EA)Dec 140%
      University of Virginia(EA) Nov 1Jan 130%
      University of WashingtonNov 15 (EA)Feb 15 (Tentative)46%
      University of Wisconsin-MadisonNov 1 (EA)Feb 153%
      Vanderbilt UniversityNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 111%
      Vassar CollegeNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 127%
      Villanova UniversityNov 1 (ED1) / Dec 1 (ED2)Jan 1544%
      Wellesley CollegeNov 1 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 1519%
      Wesleyan UniversityNov 15 (ED1) / Jan 1 (ED2)Jan 118%
      Williams CollegeNov 15 (ED)Jan 118%
      Yale UniversityNov 1 (EA) - Restrictive or single choice early actionJan 210%



      Check out the Early Action Early Decision Notification Dates for 2019 – 2020 (Class of 2024)!


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      Early Action (EA)


      Students who apply to a school through an Early Action will submit their applications (in November) before the regular deadline and will be informed of their admissions decisions soon after (usually in January or February).


      These students are not committed to their Early Action schools and still have until 1 May to either accept or decline their offers of admission.


      Students who are not admitted Early Action may be “deferred” to the Regular Decision deadline, though these policies will vary between colleges.


      Early Action and Early Decision Deadlines
      Image Credit: University of Delaware


      Early Decision (ED)


      Early Decision routes work very similarly to Early Action, in that students will submit their applications before the Regular Decision deadline and receive their admissions decisions soon after.


      The most significant difference between these two plans is that Early Decision is binding, which means that any student who applies and is admitted to a college through Early Decision is expected to enroll.


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      Early Decision applications normally require some type of signed form (such as the Early Decision Agreement on the Common Application) that indicates this intention to enroll upon admission.


      If a student is admitted via Early Decision, he or she is expected to withdraw all other applications and submit the matriculation fee (or fee waiver) upon receiving their offer.


      Those applying through Early Decision are strongly encouraged to research the financial aid policies of an institution.


      Should a student who applies for financial aid not be offered an award that makes attendance possible, the student may decline the offer of admission and be released from the Early Decision commitment.


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      Regular Decision (RD)


      The vast majority of students who apply to a given college will do so through Regular Decision, and they can apply via Regular Decision to as many institutions as they would like.


      While the application submission deadlines will vary between universities, Regular Decision deadlines usually fall in early January, and offers of admission are sent out in late March or early April.


      These students will then have until 1 May to either accept or decline their offers, and each student is only permitted to submit a matriculation fee (or fee waiver) to one of the institutions to which they have been admitted.


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      Author: Tanmoy Ray

      I am a Career Adviser & MS Admission Consultant. Additionally, I also manage online marketing at Stoodnt. I did my Masters from the UK (Aston University) and have worked at the University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Australia) and MeetUniversity (India).


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