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2020-21 Early Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision II Notification Dates – Class of 2025

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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 2020-21 admissions cycle, with standardized tests becoming 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 2025 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 2020-21 Admissions season:

School NameEarly Decision Notification DateEarly Action Notification DateEarly Decision II Notification Date
Adelphi UniversityDecember 31, 2020
Agnes Scott CollegeDecember 1, 2020December 15, 2020
Albion CollegeMid-December 2020
American UniversityDecember 31, 2020February 15, 2021
Amherst CollegeDecember 11, 2020
Babson CollegeMid-December 2020January 1, 2021Mid-February 2021
Barnard CollegeDecember 14, 2020
Bates CollegeDecember 20, 2020February 15, 2021
Baylor UniversityDecember 15, 2020January 15, 2021March 1, 2021
Bentley UniversityLate December 2020February 1, 2021
Boston CollegeDecember 3, 2020February 15, 2021
Boston UniversityDecember 14, 2020February 15, 2021
Bowdoin CollegeDecember 11, 2020Mid-February 2021
Brandeis UniversityDecember 15, 2020February 1, 2021
Brown UniversityDecember 17, 2020
Bryant CollegeMid-January 2021 (CEA Prediction)Mid-January 2021Mid-February 2021 (CEA Predicition)
California Institute of TechnologyDecember 13, 2020
Carlton CollegeDecember 10, 2020February 15, 2021
Carnegie Mellon UniversityDecember 12, 2020
Case Western UniversityDecember 7, 2020December 22, 2020
Clark UniversityDecember 20, 2020January 20, 2021February 20, 2021
Chapman UniversityLate December 2020Late December 2020
Clemson CollegeFebruary 15, 2021
Colby CollegeDecember 15, 2020February 15, 2021
Colgate UniversityMid-December 2020Mid-March 2021
Columbia UniversityDecember 15, 2020
Cornell UniversityDecember 17, 2020
Dartmouth CollegeDecember 16, 2020
Dickinson CollegeMid-December 2020Mid-February 2021
Duke UniversityDecember 18, 2020
Earlham College3 business days after all required materials are received
Elon UniversityDecember 1, 2020December 18, 2020
Emerson CollegeDecember 12, 2020December 12, 2020February 1, 2021
Emory UniversityDecember 9, 2020February 15, 2021
Fordham UniversityDecember 19, 2020December 19, 2020
George MasonDecember 11, 2020
George Washington UniversityDecember 17, 2020Late February 2021
Georgetown UniversityDecember 13, 2020
Georgia Institute of TechnologyDecember 4, 2020 for Georgia Students
Mid-January 2021 for Non-Georgia Students
Grinnell CollegeMid-December 2020Early February 2021
Hamilton CollegeDecember 15, 2020February 15, 2021
Hampshire CollegeDecember 15, 2020February 15, 2021February 1, 2021
Hampton UniversityJanuary 15, 2021
Harvard UniversityDecember 17, 2020
Harvey Mudd CollegeDecember 11, 2020February 15, 2021
Haverford CollegeDecember 15, 2020February 15, 2021
Hofstra UniversityDecember 15, 2020
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityDecember 15, 2020
Indiana University BloomingtonJanuary 15, 2021
Ithaca CollegeDecember 15, 2020February 1, 2021
Johns Hopkins UniversityDecember 11, 2020February 20, 2021
Kenyon CollegeMid-December 2020Early February 2021
Lafayette CollegeDecember 15, 2020February 15, 2021
Lehigh UniversityDecember 10, 2020Mid-February 2021
Macalester CollegeDecember 6, 2020December 20, 2020January 31, 2021
Marist CollegeMid-December 2020Mid-January 2021Mid-February 2021
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyDecember 19, 2020
Miami UniversityDecember 15, 2020January 15, 2021
Middlebury CollegeDecember 12, 2020Mid-February 2021
Mount Holyoke CollegeLate December 2020Late January 2021
New York University (NYU)December 15, 2020February 15, 2021
North Carolina State UniversityJanuary 30, 2021
Northeastern UniversityDecember 9, 2020February 1, 2021February 15, 2021
Northwestern UniversityDecember 18, 2020
Oberlin CollegeDecember 15, 2020February 1, 2021
Occidental CollegeDecember 15, 2020February 20, 2021
Penn StateDecember 24, 2020
Pomona CollegeDecember 15, 2020February 15, 2021
Purdue UniversityJanuary 15, 2021
Rice UniversityDecember 10, 2020
Rutgers UniversityFebruary 15, 2021
Santa Clara UniversityLate December 2020Late December 2020Mid-February 2021
Sarah Lawrence CollegeLate December 2020Late December 2020Early February 2021
Skidmore CollegeMid-December 2020February 15, 2021
Smith CollegeMid-December 2020Late January 2021
Southern Methodist UniversityMid-December 2020March 1, 2021
Stanford UniversityDecember 11, 2020
SUNY BinghamtonJanuary 15, 2021
Swarthmore CollegeDecember 15, 2020Mid-February 2021
Tufts UniversityDecember 15, 2020Mid-February 2021
Tulane UniversityDecember 17, 2020January 15, 2021
University of ChicagoDecember 21, 2020December 21, 2020Mid-February 2021
University of GeorgiaNovember 20, 2020
University of Illinois at ChicagoDecember 1, 2020
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignMid-February 2021
University of MarylandFebruary 1, 2021
University of MiamiDecember 11, 2020Late January/Early February 2021Mid-Late February 2021
University of MichiganLate January 2021
University of North Carolina (UNC)Late January 2021
University of Notre DameDecember 16, 2020
University of PennsylvaniaDecember 16, 2020
University of RichmondDecember 15, 2020January 25, 2021February 15, 2021
University of RochesterMid-December 2020Early February 2021
University of San FranciscoMid-December 2020Mid-December 2020
University of South CarolinaMid-December 2020
University of Texas at AustinFebruary 1, 2021
University of VermontDecember 17, 2020
University of VirginiaDecember 11, 2020Mid-February 2021
University of WisconsinJanuary 31, 2021
Vanderbilt UniversityDecember 15, 2020Mid-February 2021
Villanova UniversityDecember 15, 2020January 29, 2021March 1, 2021
Virginia TechDecember 15, 2020Late February 2021
Wake Forest UniversityRolling BasisFebruary 15, 2021
Washington & Lee UniversityDecember 16, 2020Late January 2021
Washington University in St. LouisDecember 14, 2020February 14, 2021
Wellesley CollegeDecember 12, 2020Mid-February 2021
Wesleyan UniversityDecember 12, 2020Mid-February 2021
William & MaryDecember 7, 2020Early February 2021
Williams CollegeDecember 11, 2020
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteDecember 14, 2020January 15, 2021February 15, 2021
Yale UniversityDecember 16, 2020
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