Early Decision Notification Dates 2020-21

Padya Paramita

Early Decision Notification Dates 2020-21

If you’ve double-checked your Common App profile, proofread the final draft of your personal statement, and sent your materials to your top-choice schools, congrats! You’re done with your early action and early decision applications. Now comes the tough part - the nerve-racking period as you await the early decision notification dates 2020-2021.

Don’t sweat all through November after the minute you press “submit” on your applications. Colleges won’t be getting around to sending your decisions for another month or so. The results for ED I and EA usually arrive in mid-December and mid-February respectively. In case you’re looking for the release dates for specific schools, here are the early action and early decision notification dates at the top 50 national universities and liberal arts colleges for the Class of 2025. While we may not know the specific dates for many schools now, we will continue to update this blog with the latest information as we find out!

Early Decision Notification Dates 2020-21 for the Top 50 National Universities

School Name Early Action or Early Decision Notification Date
Princeton University Did not have early round this year
Harvard University December 17; 7pm ET
Columbia University December 15; 7 PM ET
Massachusetts Institute of Technology December 19; 3.14 pm ET
University of Chicago December 21; afternoon Central Time
Yale University December 16
Stanford University December 11; 7PM ET (4 PM PST)
Duke University December 18; 7 PM ET
University of Pennsylvania December 16; 7pm
Johns Hopkins University December 11
Northwestern University December 18
California Institute of Technology December 15
Dartmouth College December 17
Brown University December 17; 2 PM ET
Vanderbilt University December 15; 6 PM ET
Cornell University December 17; 7 PM ET
Rice University December 10
University of Notre Dame Mid-December
University of California - Los Angeles Mid-March
Washington University in St. Louis December 10
Emory University December 9; 6 PM ET
Georgetown University December 15
University of California - Berkeley Mid-March
University of Southern California Mid-March
Carnegie Mellon University December 12; 9 am ET
University of Virginia December 11
Tufts University December 15; 7 PM ET
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Late January
Wake Forest University Mid-December
New York University December 15
University of California - Santa Barbara Mid-March
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill February 1
University of California - Irvine Mid-March
University of Rochester Mid-December
Brandeis University December 10
Georgia Institute of Technology December 4 (EA 1 for Georgia residents)
University of Florida Mid-December
Boston College Mid-December
College of William and Mary December 7
University of California - Davis Mid-March
Boston University December 14
Case Western Reserve University Mid-December
Northeastern University Mid-December
Tulane University December 17
Pepperdine University Mid-December
University of Georgia November 20
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign February 2021 (EA)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Mid-December
University of Texas - Austin All released by February
University of Wisconsin - Madison Mid-December
Villanova University December 15

Early Decision Notification Dates 2020-21 for the Top 50 Liberal Arts College

School Name EA/ED Notification Date
Williams College December 11
Amherst College December 11; 6.21 PM ET
Swarthmore College December 15; 7 PM ET
Wellesley College December 12
Bowdoin College December 11; 7pm ET
Carleton College December 10
Middlebury College December 12; 8 am ET
Pomona College December 15
Claremont McKenna College December 15
Davidson College December 15
Grinnell College Mid-December
Haverford College December 11
Smith College Mid-December
Vassar College Mid-December
Washington and Lee University December 1
Colgate University Mid-December
Hamilton College December 15
Colby College December 11
Harvey Mudd College December 10
United States Military Academy (West Point) (No early application)
Wesleyan University December 12
Bates College December 20
Soka University of America Mid-December
United States Naval Academy (No early application)
Barnard College December 15
University of Richmond December 15
Bryn Mawr College Mid-December
Colorado College December 15
Macalester College December 20
Kenyon College Mid-December
Mount Holyoke Mid-December
Oberlin College December 15
Scripps College Mid-December
United States Air Force Academy (No early application)
College of the Holy Cross Rolling through December and January
Bucknell University Mid-December
Franklin and Marshall College December 15
Lafayette College December 15
Occidental College Mid-December
Union College December 15
Pitzer College December 18
Skidmore College Mid-December
Denison University December 15
Thomas Aquinas College Rolling basis
Whitman College Mid-December
Centre College January 1 (ED); Mid-January (EA)
Connecticut College Mid-December
Trinity College Mid-December
Gettysburg College December 15
Sewanee - University of the South Mid-December (ED); Mid-February (EA)

As you await the impending arrival of the early decision notification dates 2020-21, don’t forget to keep working hard on your regular decision applications and senior year classes. Even though you may be anxious thinking about what your early schools might say in their letters, remember that there are other options out there if things don’t work out. But if the early decision notification dates 2020-21 bring good news, you could be done with your college application process by the end of the year. We wish you the best of luck!