Application Deadlines: Regular Decision, Early Decision, Early Action

Navigating the college application process can be tricky. Here are a few things to know:

Early Decision vs. Early Action
Both of these are processes in which a student applies to a college early (usually by the start or middle of November) and hears back from the college early (usually sometime in December).

Early Decision: This is binding. If you apply to a college and are accepted through an Early Decision process, you must attend (barring financial complications). You can only apply to one college Early Decision.

Early Action: This is non-binding. If you are accepted, you may choose whether or not to attend. You may apply to as many colleges as you want through their Early Action policies. It is essentially the same as Regular Decision, but you apply earlier and hear back earlier.

Should You Apply Through Early Decision and Early Action?
Early Decision: Only if you are certain this particular college is your first choice. If you are accepted, you will have to attend.
Early Action: Absolutely! There's no downside.

What is Rolling Admission?
Rolling Admission means there is no set timeline for decision notifications. The college will process applications as they come in and get back to you with decisions along whatever timeline they want.

What is Early Decision 2?
Some colleges have two separate rounds of Early Decision. Both operate exactly the same, but ED2 occurs later than ED1, giving students more time to decide if the college is truly their first choice.

What does the chart below show?
Column 1: College Name
Column 2: The Regular Decision Application Deadline Date. This is the final date all applications are due.
Column 3: The Regular Decision Notification Date. You will find out your admission decision by this date.
Column 4: Does the college offer Early Decision, Early Action, both, or neither?
Column 5: The Early Decision or Early Action Application Deadline Date. This is the final date all applications are due to be eligible for Early Decision or Early Action.
Column 6: The Early Decision or Early Action Notification Date. You will find out your early admission decision by this date.
Column 7: The Early Decision 2 Application Deadline Date. This is the final date all applications are due for the Early Decision 2 process, if applicable.
Column 8: The Early Decision 2 Notification Date. You will find out your ED2 admission decision by this date.

All dates refer to the month and day. All occur during a student's senior year of high school.

Key
Green: Early Action
Orange: Early Decision
Blue: Both
Early Decision And Regular Decision Deadlines HTML
College Early Action or Early Action and Early Decision Early Decision 2 (if applicable) Regular Decision
Early Decision? Deadline Notification Date ED2 Deadline ED2 Notification Application Deadline Decision Notification
Allegheny College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 N/A 2/1 N/A 2/15 3/15
American University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 N/A 1/15 N/A 1/15 N/A
Amherst College Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/1 4/1
Arcadia University Neither         Rolling Admission Rolling
Barnard College Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/1 3/31
Bates College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/20 1/1 2/15 1/1 N/A
Bentley College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/31 1/7 TBD 1/7 3/31
Binghamton University Early Action 11/1 1/15     1/15 4/1
Bloomsburg University Neither         Rolling Admission Rolling
Boston College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 4/1
Boston University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/6 2/15 1/6 3/31
Bowdoin College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 3/31
Brandeis University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/1 1/1 4/1
Brown University Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/1 3/28
Bryn Mawr College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 N/A 1/1 N/A 1/15 N/A
Bucknell University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/15 2/15 1/15 4/1
California Institute of Technology Early Action 11/1 12/15     1/3 3/15
Carleton College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/15 2/15 1/15 4/1
Carnegie Mellon University Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/1 4/15
Case Western Reserve University Both 11/1 12/17 1/15 2/1 1/15 3/20
Chestnut Hill College Neither         Rolling Admission Rolling
Claremont McKenna College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 N/A 1/5 N/A 1/5 N/A
Clemson University Priority Deadline 12/1 2/15     5/1 N/A
Colby College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/1 3/1 1/1 3/15
Colgate University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 N/A 1/15 N/A 1/15 N/A
College of Charleston Both EA 12/3, ED 11/1 EA 1/15, ED 12/1     2/15 4/1
College of New Jersey Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/1 1/1 2/1 1/1 4/1
College of William & Mary Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 4/1
Colorado College Both EA 11/10, ED 11/10 12/19, 12/13 1/15 2/15 1/15 3/31
Columbia University Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/1 3/31
Cornell University Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/2 4/1
Dartmouth College Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/2 4/1
Davidson College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/2 2/1 1/7 4/1
Dickinson College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/15 2/15 1/15 3/31
Drexel University Both 11/1 12/15     1/15 4/1
Duke University Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/2 4/1
Duquesne University Both EA 12/1, ED 11/1 EA N/A, ED 12/31     Rolling Admission 6 weeks after submission
Eastern University Neither         Rolling Admission Rolling
Elon University Both EA 11/10, ED 11/1 EA 12/20, ED 12/1     1/10 3/20
Emory University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 4/1
Fairleigh Dickinson University Early Decision 11/15 N/A     Rolling (recommend by 3/1) Rolling
Florida State University Early Action 11/1 1/25     2/7 3/28
Fordham University Both 11/1 12/19     1/11 4/1
Franklin and Marshall College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/15 2/15 1/15 4/1
George Washington University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/31 1/5 2/15 1/5 4/1
Georgetown University Early Action 11/1 12/15     1/10 4/1
Georgia Institute of Technology Early Action 10/15 1/12     1/1 3/9
Gettysburg College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 N/A 1/15 N/A 1/15 N/A
Hamilton College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 3/20
Harvard University Early Action 11/1 12/15     1/1 4/1
Harvey Mudd College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/5 2/15 1/5 4/1
Haverford College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/15 4/1
High Point University Both EA 11/15, ED 11/1 EA 12/16, ED 11/28 2/1 Rolling 2/1, Rolling after 2/1 N/A
Indiana University Early Action 11/1 1/15     2/1, Rolling after 2/1 3/15
Ithaca College Both EA 12/1, ED 11/1 EA 2/1, ED 12/15     2/1 4/15
James Madison Early Action 11/1 1/15     1/15 3/31
Johns Hopkins University Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/2 4/1
Kenyon College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 1/15 1/15 2/20 1/15 3/15
Kutztown University Neither         2/15, Rolling after 2/15 Rolling
La Salle University Early Action 11/1 11/31     Rolling Admission Rolling
Lafayette College Early Decision 11/15 12/15     1/15 3/31
Lehigh University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 3/31
Lock Haven University Neither         Rolling Admission Rolling
Loyola University Maryland Early Action 11/15 1/15     1/15 4/1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Early Action 11/1 12/15     1/1 3/15
Miami University Both EA I 11/1, ED 11/1 EA I 12/15, ED 12/1 EA II 12/1 EA II 12/1, 2/1 2/1 3/15
Michigan State University Early Action 11/1 1/15     2/1, Rolling after 2/1 3/31
Middlebury College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 3/23
Millersville University Neither         Depends on Program Rolling
Monmouth University Early Action 12/1 1/15     3/1 4/1
Muhlenberg College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 2/1 2/28 2/1 4/1
New York University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 4/1
North Carolina State University Early Action 11/1 1/30     1/15 3/30
Northeastern University Both 11/1 EA 2/1, ED 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 4/1
Northwestern University Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/2 4/1
Oberlin College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/2 2/1 1/15 4/1
Ohio State University Early Action 11/1 1/15     2/1 3/31
Penn State University Early Action 11/1 12/24     11/30, 12/31, 1/31, Rolling 1/31, 2/28, 3/31
Pepperdine University Early Action 11/1 1/10     1/15 4/1
Philadelphia University Early Action 11/1 N/A     3/1, Rolling after 3/1 N/A
Pomona College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 1/1 1/1 3/1 1/1 5/1
Princeton University Restrictive Early Action 11/1 12/15     1/1 3/31
Purdue University Early Action 11/1 1/15     1/15 3/31
Quinnipiac University Early Decision 11/1 12/1     Rolling (2/1 recommended) Rolling
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 12/15 1/15 1/15 3/15
Rice University Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/1 4/1
Rider University Early Action 11/15 12/20     Rolling Rolling
Rochester Institute of Technology Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/15 3/15
Rollins University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/14 1/5 2/1 2/1 4/1
Rowan University Neither         1/1 for merit scholarship, 5/1 N/A
Rutgers University Early Action 11/1 1/31     12/1 2/28
Sarah Lawrence College Both 11/1 N/A 1/2 N/A 1/15 N/A
Scripps College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/3 2/15 1/3 4/1
Shippensburg University Neither         Rolling N/A
Skidmore College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 N/A 1/15 N/A 1/15 N/A
Smith College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/1 1/31 1/15 3/31
St. Joseph's University Both EA 11/1, ED I 11/1 EA 12/20, ED I 12/20 1/15 2/15 2/1 3/15
Stanford University Restrictive Early Action 11/1 12/15     1/2 4/1
Stevens Institute of Technology Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/15 2/15 1/15 4/1
Swarthmore College Early Decision 11/15 12/15     1/1 3/15
Syracuse University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 3/31
Temple University Early Action 11/1 1/10     Rolling until 3/2 8 weeks after submission
Towson University Early Action 12/1 N/A     1/15 N/A
Tufts University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 4/1
Tulane University Both EA 11/15, ED 11/1 EA 1/15, ED 12/15 1/7 1/24 1/15 4/1
United States Military Academy Neither         2/28 N/A
United States Naval Academy Neither         Rolling N/A
Univerity of California-All Campuses Neither         11/30 3/31
University of Chicago Both 11/1 12/15 1/2 2/15 1/2 3/31
University of Connecticut Early Action 12/1 3/31     1/15 3/31
University of Delaware Neither         1/15 N/A
University of Florida Neither         11/1, Rolling after 11/1 2/9
University of Georgia Early Action 10/15 12/1     1/1 3/15
University of Illinois Early Action 11/1 12/14     1/5 3/1
University of Maryland Early Action 11/1 2/1     1/20 4/1
University of Massachusetts Early Action 11/5 N/A     1/15 N/A
University of Miami Both 11/1 EA 2/1, ED 12/31 1/1 2/28 1/1 4/15
University of Michigan Early Action 11/1 12/24     2/1 N/A
University of Minnesota Early Action 11/1 1/31     1/1 3/31
University of North Carolina Early Action 10/15 1/31     1/15 3/31
University of Notre Dame Restrictive Early Action 11/1 12/21     1/1 N/A
University of Pennsylvania Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/5 4/1
University of Pittsburgh Early Action 12/15 N/A     Rolling Rolling
University of Richmond Both 11/1 EA 1/25, ED 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 4/1
University of Rochester Early Decision 11/1 12/15     1/5 4/1
University of Scranton Early Action 11/15 12/15     3/1, Rolling after 1/1 2 weeks after submission
University of Southern California Neither         1/15 4/1
University of Texas Early Action 11/1 N/A     12/1 N/A
University of Virginia Both EA 11/1, ED 10/15 N/A     1/1 N/A
University of Washington Neither         11/15 3/15
University of Wisconson Early Action 11/1 12/31     2/1 3/31
Ursinus College Both EA 11/1, ED 12/1 12/15 2/1 2/15 2/1 4/1
Vanderbilt University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 3/31
Vassar College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 N/A 1/1 N/A 1/1 N/A
Villanova University Both 11/1 EA 1/15, ED 12/20     1/15 4/1
Virginia Tech Both EA 12/1, ED 11/1 EA 2/22, ED 12/15     1/15 3/5
Wake Forest University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 1/1 1/1 N/A 1/1 4/1
Washington and Lee University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/31 1/1 1/31 1/1 4/1
Washington University in St. Louis Early Decision 11/1 12/15 1/2 2/14 1/2 3/20
Wellesley College Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/1 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/15 3/31
Wesleyan University Early Decision (1 & 2) 11/15 12/15 1/1 2/15 1/1 3/31
West Chester University Neither         Rolling Rolling
Widener University Neither         Rolling Rolling
Williams College Early Decision 11/15 12/15     1/1 4/1
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Early Action 11/1 12/20 EA 2 - 1/1 EA 2 -2/10 2/1 4/1
Yale University Early Action 11/1 12/15     1/2 4/1
York College of Pennsylvania Early Decision 11/1       Rolling Rolling