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2021-22 Early Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision II Notification Dates – Class of 2026

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college application seasonSo: you’ve written your Common App personal statement, finished your supplemental essays, acquired recommendations from your favorite teachers, created a fantastic activity resumesent out your applications, crossed your fingers (and toes!), and now all you have left to do is wait for the results. And waiting is the wooorst!

Especially for the 2021-22 admissions cycle, with standardized tests remaining an optional part of the application for so many schools — or even done away with entirely. Many students decide to apply Early Decision as it is often their best chance to get into their top choice school. Luckily, some schools like Villanova University, Tufts University, and the University of Chicago have two Early Decision deadlines. This way, if you’re rejected or deferred from your top choice school, you can try your hand again at the early decision pool.

To make the wait a little less painful, we’ve compiled a list of Early Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision II deadlines for the Class of 2026, so you can be prepared for the timing of your admissions decision. Some schools announce their decisions in a portal, via email, and some even through snail mail (to which we say: why?). We update this list all the time, so make sure to check back in for new schools, changes, or additions!

Here are the Early Decision and Early Action notification dates for the 2021-22 Admissions season:

School NameEarly Decision Notification DateEarly Action Notification DateEarly Decision II Notification Date
Adelphi UniversityDecember 31, 2021
Agnes Scott CollegeDecember 1, 2021December 15, 2021
Albion CollegeMid-December 2021
American UniversityDecember 31, 2021February 15, 2022
Amherst CollegeDecember 11, 2021
Babson CollegeMid-December 2021January 1, 2022Mid-February 2022
Barnard CollegeDecember 14, 2021
Bates CollegeDecember 20, 2021February 15, 2022
Baylor UniversityDecember 15, 2021January 15, 2022March 1, 2022
Bentley UniversityLate December 2021February 1, 2022
Boston CollegeDecember 3, 2021February 15, 2022
Boston UniversityDecember 14, 2021February 15, 2022
Bowdoin CollegeDecember 11, 2021Mid-February 2022
Brandeis UniversityDecember 15, 2021February 1, 2022
Brown UniversityDecember 17, 2021
Bryant CollegeMid-January 2022Mid-January 2022Mid-February 2022
California Institute of TechnologyDecember 13, 2021
Carlton CollegeDecember 10, 2021February 15, 2022
Carnegie Mellon UniversityDecember 12, 2021
Case Western UniversityDecember 7, 2021December 22, 2021
Clark UniversityDecember 20, 2021January 20, 2022February 20, 2022
Chapman UniversityLate December 2021Late December 2021
Clemson CollegeFebruary 15, 2022
Colby CollegeDecember 15, 2021February 15, 2022
Colgate UniversityMid-December 2021Mid-March 2022
Columbia UniversityDecember 15, 2021
Cornell UniversityDecember 17, 2021
Dartmouth CollegeDecember 16, 2021
Dickinson CollegeMid-December 2021Mid-February 2022
Duke UniversityDecember 18, 2021
Earlham College3 business days after all required materials are received
Elon UniversityDecember 1, 2021December 18, 2021
Emerson CollegeDecember 12, 2021December 12, 2021February 1, 2022
Emory UniversityDecember 9, 2021February 15, 2022
Fordham UniversityDecember 19, 2021December 19, 2021
George MasonDecember 11, 2021
George Washington UniversityDecember 17, 2021Late February 2022
Georgetown UniversityDecember 13, 2021
Georgia Institute of TechnologyDecember 4, 2021 for Georgia Students // Mid-January 2022 for Non-Georgia Students
Grinnell CollegeMid-December 2021Early February 2022
Hamilton CollegeDecember 15, 2021February 15, 2022
Hampshire CollegeDecember 15, 2021February 15, 2022February 1, 2022
Hampton UniversityJanuary 15, 2022
Harvard UniversityDecember 17, 2021
Harvey Mudd CollegeDecember 11, 2021February 15, 2022
Haverford CollegeDecember 15, 2021February 15, 2022
Hofstra UniversityDecember 15, 2021
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityDecember 15, 2021
Indiana University BloomingtonJanuary 15, 2022
Ithaca CollegeDecember 15, 2021February 1, 2022
Johns Hopkins UniversityDecember 11, 2021February 20, 2022
Kenyon CollegeMid-December 2021Early February 2022
Lafayette CollegeDecember 15, 2021February 15, 2022
Lehigh UniversityDecember 10, 2021Mid-February 2022
Macalester CollegeDecember 6, 2021December 20, 2021January 31, 2022
Marist CollegeMid-December 2021Mid-January 2022Mid-February 2022
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyDecember 19, 2021
Miami UniversityDecember 15, 2021January 15, 2022
Middlebury CollegeDecember 12, 2021Mid-February 2022
Mount Holyoke CollegeLate December 2021Late January 2022
New York University (NYU)December 15, 2021February 15, 2022
North Carolina State UniversityJanuary 30, 2022
Northeastern UniversityDecember 9, 2021February 1, 2022February 15, 2022
Northwestern UniversityDecember 18, 2021
Oberlin CollegeDecember 15, 2021February 1, 2022
Occidental CollegeDecember 15, 2021February 20, 2022
Penn StateDecember 24, 2021
Pomona CollegeDecember 15, 2021February 15, 2022
Purdue UniversityJanuary 15, 2022
Rice UniversityDecember 10, 2021
Rutgers UniversityFebruary 15, 2022
Santa Clara UniversityLate December 2021Late December 2021Mid-February 2022
Sarah Lawrence CollegeLate December 2021Late December 2021Early February 2022
Skidmore CollegeMid-December 2021February 15, 2022
Smith CollegeMid-December 2021Late January 2022
Southern Methodist UniversityMid-December 2021March 1, 2022
Stanford UniversityDecember 11, 2021
SUNY BinghamtonJanuary 15, 2022
Swarthmore CollegeDecember 15, 2021Mid-February 2022
Tufts UniversityDecember 15, 2021Mid-February 2022
Tulane UniversityDecember 17, 2021January 15, 2022
University of ChicagoDecember 21, 2021December 21, 2021Mid-February 2022
University of GeorgiaNovember 20, 2021
University of Illinois at ChicagoDecember 1, 2021
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignMid-February 2022
University of MarylandFebruary 1, 2022
University of MiamiDecember 11, 2021Late January/Early February 2022Mid-Late February 2022
University of MichiganLate January 2022
University of North Carolina (UNC)Late January 2022
University of Notre DameDecember 16, 2021
University of PennsylvaniaDecember 16, 2021
University of RichmondDecember 15, 2021January 25, 2022February 15, 2022
University of RochesterMid-December 2021Early February 2022
University of San FranciscoMid-December 2021Mid-December 2021
University of South CarolinaMid-December 2021
University of Texas at AustinFebruary 1, 2022
University of VermontDecember 17, 2021
University of VirginiaDecember 11, 2021Mid-February 2022
University of WisconsinJanuary 31, 2022
Vanderbilt UniversityDecember 15, 2021Mid-February 2022
Villanova UniversityDecember 15, 2021January 29, 2022March 1, 2022
Virginia TechDecember 15, 2021Late February 2022
Wake Forest UniversityRolling BasisFebruary 15, 2022
Washington & Lee UniversityDecember 16, 2021Late January 2022
Washington University in St. LouisDecember 14, 2021February 14, 2022
Wellesley CollegeDecember 12, 2021Mid-February 2022
Wesleyan UniversityDecember 12, 2021Mid-February 2022
William & MaryDecember 7, 2021Early February 2022
Williams CollegeDecember 11, 2021
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteDecember 14, 2021January 15, 2022February 15, 2022
Yale UniversityDecember 16, 2021
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