Early Admission (EA/ED) Notification Dates 2022 – 2023 (Class of 2027)

Last Updated on December 22, 2022


It’s an established fact that applying early improves the acceptance chance significantly. However, practically, it’s not a wise decision to apply to all target colleges in the early rounds. EA, ED, SCEA, REA, RD, etc. all come with their own pros and cons. Hence, a rational approach would be to segregate colleges according to their application and decision notification dates as well. Early decision notification dates are critical so that you get to know whether to withdraw any application and/or can plan your college list for the regular decision round. We have already published the Class of 20207 Early Action, Early Decision & Regular Decision deadlines (2022 – 2023 admission cycle). In this post, we have laid out the early decision notification dates for 2022 – 2023 (Class of 2027). You could also check out the Class of 2027 early admission results.


Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates 2022-23

[Class OF 2027]

CollegeEA/ED Notification Date
Amherst CollegeEarly to Mid-Dec
Babson CollegeMid-Dec (EDI) / Mid-Feb (EDII)
Barnard CollegeMid-Dec
Bates CollegeDec 20 (ED) / Feb 15 (EDII)
Bentley UniversityLate Dec (EDI) / Feb 15 (EDII)
Boston CollegeDec 15 (EDI) / Feb 15 (EDII)
Boston UniversityDec 15 (EDI) / Feb 15 (EDII)
Bowdoin CollegeMid-Dec (EDI) / Mid-Feb (EDII)
Brandeis UniversityDec 15 (EDI) / Feb 1 (EDII)
Brown UniversityMid-Dec (ED)
Cal TechMid-Dec (REA)
Carnegie Mellon UniversityMid-Dec
Case Western UniversityDec 21 (EA) / Dec 10 (EDI) / Jan 9 onwards (EDII)
Clark UniversityDec 15 (ED) / Jan 1 (EA)
Clemson CollegeDec 1 (EA)
Colgate UniversityMid-Dec (EDI) / Mid-Feb (EDII)
Columbia UniversityMid-Dec (ED)
Cooper UnionFeb 1
Cornell UniversityMid-Dec
Dartmouth CollegeMid-Dec
Davidson CollegeDec 14 (EDI) / Feb 1 (EDII)
Duke UniversityMid-Dec (ED)
Emory UniversityDec 15 (EDI) / Feb 15 (EDII)
Fordham UniversityDec 20 (EDI) / Feb 1 (EA)
George Washington UniversityLate Dec (EDI) / Late Feb (EDII)
Georgetown UniversityDec 15 (EA)
Georgia TechMid-Dec (EA1 for In-State) / Late Jan (EA2 for Out-of-State)
Grinnell CollegeMid/Late Dec (ED1) / Early Feb (ED2)
Hamilton CollegeDec 15 (ED1) / Feb 15 (EDII)
Harvard UniversityMid-Dec (REA)
Harvey Mudd CollegeDec 15 (EDI) / Feb 15 (EDII)
Indiana University BloomingtonJan 15 (EA)
Johns Hopkins UniversityDec 10 (ED1) and Feb 11 (EDII)
Kenyon CollegeMid-Dec (EDI) and Early Feb (EDII)
Middlebury CollegeMid-Dec (EDI) and Mid-Feb (ED-II)
MITMid-Dec (EA)
Mount Holyoke CollegeLate Dec (ED-I) and Late Jan (ED-II)
New York University (NYU)Dec 15 (ED-I) / Feb 15 (ED-II)
Northeastern UniversityDec 15 (ED) / Feb 1 (EA)
Northwestern UniversityMid-Dec (ED)
Oberlin CollegeDec 15 (ED I) / Feb 1 (ED II)
Occidental CollegeDec 15 (ED I) / Feb 20 (ED II)
Penn State UniversityDec 24 (EA)
Pomona CollegeDec 15 (ED I) and Feb 15 (ED II)
Princeton UniversityMid-December (SCEA)
Purdue UniversityJan 15
Rice UniversityMid-Dec (ED)
Rutgers UniversityDec 1
Santa Clara UniversityLate Dec (ED I & EA) / Mid-Feb (ED II)
Smith CollegeMid-December (ED)
Southern Methodist UniversityMid-December (ED I & EA )/ mid-March (EDII)
Stanford UniversityDec 15 (REA)
Swarthmore UniversityDec 15
Tufts UniversityMid-December (ED I) and Mid-February (ED II) Tentative
Tulane UniversityDec 15 (ED) / Jan 15 (EA)
University of ChicagoMid-Dec (EA & ED I) / Mid-Feb (ED II)
University of Illinois at ChicagoNov 1 (EA)
University of GoergiaNov 20 (EA)
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignJan 27 (EA)
University of MarylandFeb 1 (EA)
University of MiamiNov 1 (ED I) / Late February(ED II)
University of MichiganEnd of January 2023 (EA)
University of North Carolina (UNC)Late January (EA)January 31 (EA)
University of Notre DameMid-Dec (REA)
University of PennsylvaniaMid-Dec (ED)
University of RichmondDec 15 (ED) / Jan 25 (EA) / Feb 15 (ED-II)
University of RochesterMid-December (ED) / Early February (ED-II)
University of San FranciscoMid-December
University of South Carolina
University of Texas at AustinBy Feb 1
University of VirginiaDec 11 / Mid-Feb (EA)
University of WisconsinBy Jan 31
Vanderbilt UniversityDec 15 (ED I) and Feb 15 (ED II)
Villanova UniversityDec 15 (ED I), Jan 29 (EA) and Mar 1 (ED II)
Virginia TechDec 15
Washington University in St. LouisDec 14
Wellesley CollegeDec 12
Wesleyan UniversityDec 12
William & MaryDec 7
Williams CollegeDec 11
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteDec 14 (ED) / Jan 15 (EA) / Feb 15 (ED-II)
Yale UniversityMid-Dec (SCEA)

It’s a no-brainer that college admission this year is going to be competitive too. Choosing to apply in the early rounds is always a major decision, particularly if students opt for a binding process such as Early Decision.

Many colleges are adapting test-optional policies due to SAT/ACT, while others have extended their deadlines to give applicants more time to compile their applications.


Why Apply Early?

Just have a look at the datasets below:

Class of 2026 Early Decision Notification Dates
Class of 2025 Data (Source: Niche.com)

Class of 2027 Early Decision Notification Dates (2022 – 2023 Admission Cycle)
Class of 2021 Data

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Applying early demonstrates your sincere passion for the school. It shows that you are prepared to commit to attending that college or university—or, at the very least, that the school is among your top choices. Plus, you’re compared to a smaller pool of applicants.

Another benefit of applying early is finding out whether you’ve been admitted to your top choice(s) early in the process. This reduces the stress and anxiety of waiting and gives you more time to make your college plans. You’ll also get a head start on finding housing, planning your finances, and even stocking up on gear from your future school.

Benefits of Applying to the Early Decision Round

Admission rates are higher in this pool than in regular decision rounds but this is a serious decision for a number of reasons. 


  • First, the pool is far more competitive and will be composed of top students.  You can only apply to ONE ED school. 
  • Second, the deadlines are much earlier than regular admissions, typically early to mid-November. So you need to do everything sooner while continuing to work on your other college applications. 
  • ED decisions typically come in mid-December. 
  • Lastly, if financial aid is an important factor the ramifications of ED are important.

Advantages of Early Action Round

  • If you are not ready to commit to the binding decision of ED, you should consider Early Action (EA) or SCEA (Single Choice or Restricted Early Action).  Your admissions chances do increase in this pool as well but are more competitive as well. 
  • This round is particularly favorable for legacy students who wish to leverage their status. 
  • EA and SCEA students will typically receive their decisions in mid-December but there may be restrictions about where else you can apply. 
  • If applying for EA, students can still apply in the Regular Decision pool or do EA to other schools, but SCEA students can only apply Regular Decision to other institutions. 
  • SCEA students must wait until they get their decision before applying to EA or EDII unless it is a public university.

Alternatives (Back-Up Options)

There is another option to consider Early Decision II (ED2).  ED2 is also a binding option, meaning you have to attend if accepted.  The difference between ED and ED2 is timing. 

Most colleges offering both options ask ED I, students, to apply by mid-November, and they give decisions by mid-December. The deadline for ED II, on the other hand, is on or around Jan. 1. Students typically have a decision in late January or early February. 

Also, if you are deferred or denied at your EA school, you can pursue your ED chances at another college with ED2.  ED2 is a great strategy for students who are strong applicants but may need additional time to get their applications in top shape. ED2 can also help students leverage their legacy status if they have it to have the best chance of admission without the stress of the earlier deadline.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision deadlines are generally between January 1 and February 1, depending on the school. Applicants are notified of the admissions team’s decision by April 1, and they must respond by signifying that they will or will not attend by May 1.

Regular Decision is not an early-round application, and you’ll be compared to a larger pool of applicants. It is not binding, and you can apply for Regular Decision at as many schools as you would like.

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Tanmoy Ray
I am a Career Adviser & Admission Consultant. Additionally, I also manage Operations 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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