Early Decision Notification Dates 2021-2022

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Early Decision Notification Dates 2021-2022

If you’ve done the double-check on 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 or early decision application. Now comes the tough part—the nerve-racking waiting period that awaits you as early decision notification dates 2021-2022 start getting closer. 

Don’t sweat all through November since the minute you press “submit” on your application. Colleges won’t be getting around to sending your decisions for another month. The results for ED I and ED II usually arrive in mid-December. 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 2026. While many columns in the table say “mid-December,” we will update with the exact dates as the colleges make announcements closer to early December. Keep your eyes peeled on this page!

Early Decision Notification Dates 2021-2022 for the Top 50 National Universities

School Early Action/Early Decision Notification Date
Princeton University Mid-December
Columbia University December 15
Harvard University Mid-December
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mid-December
Yale University December 15
Stanford University December 15
University of Chicago Mid-December
University of Pennsylvania Mid-December
California Institute of Technology Mid-December
Johns Hopkins University December 10; 3 PM ET
Duke University Mid-December
Northwestern University Mid-December
Dartmouth College Mid-December
Brown University December 15
Vanderbilt University December 15
Washington University in St. Louis December 17
Cornell University Mid-December
Rice University Mid-December
University of Notre Dame Mid-December
Emory University Mid-December
Georgetown University December 15
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor January 15
Carnegie Mellon University December 15
University of Virginia Mid-December
New York University December 15
Tufts University Mid-December
University of Florida February 26
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill January 31
Wake Forest University Rolling basis
University of Rochester Mid-Rochester
Boston College December 2, evening
Georgia Institute of Technology December 11, 12 PM ET
William & Mary Early December
Boston University Mid-December
Brandeis University December 15
Case Western Reserve University December 4 (ED), December 21 (EA)
Tulane University November 22
University of Wisconsin - Madison January 31
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign Mid-February
University of Georgia November 20
Lehigh University Mid-December
Northeastern University December 31
Ohio State University February 18
Pepperdine University January 10
Purdue University January 15
Villanova University December 15

Early Decision Notification Dates 2021-2022 for the Top 50 Liberal Arts College

School Early Action/Early Decision Notification Date
Williams College Mid-December
Amherst College Mid-December
Swarthmore College Mid-December
Pomona College December 15
Wellesley College Mid-December
Bowdoin College Mid-December
Claremont McKenna December 15
Carleton College December 15
Hamilton College December 15
Middlebury College Mid-December
Washington and Lee University Late December
Grinnell College Mid-December
Vassar College Mid-December
Colby College December 15
Davidson College December 15
Haverford College Mid-December
Smith College Mid-December
Colgate University Mid-December
Wesleyan University Mid-December
Barnard College December 15
Bates College December 20
University of Richmond Mid-December
Colorado College Mid-December (ED); Late December (EA)
Harvey Mudd College December 11
Macalester College December 5
Bryn Mawr College Late December
Kenyon College Mid-December
Scripps College Mid-December
Soka University of America Mid-December
Berea College Mid-December
Bucknell University Mid-December
Mount Holyoke College Mid-December
College of the Holy Cross Mid-December
Oberlin College Mid-December
Pitzer College Mid-December
Skidmore College Mid-December
Lafayette College Mid-December
Occidental College Mid-December
Thomas Aquinas College Rolling
Franklin and Marshall College Mid-December
Denison University Mid-December
Trinity College Mid-December
Union College Mid-December
DePauw University Mid-December
Dickinson College Mid-December
Sewanee - the University of the South Mid-December
Whitman College Mid-December

As you await the impending arrival of the early decision notification dates 2021-2022, don’t forget to keep working hard on your regular decision applications and senior year classes. It’s an overwhelming time and even though you might be anxious thinking about what your early schools might say in their letter, remember that there are other options out there if things don’t work out. But if the early decision notification dates 2021-2022 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!

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