Early Decision Notification Dates 2027

December 2, 2022
By AdmissionSight

Early Decision Notification Dates 2027

The application period for colleges is drawing to a close quickly, and before you know it, early admission choices will be made available. Here is our yearly schedule of dates for notifying applicants of early decisions.

This college admissions cycle most likely felt like more of a return to “normal” as compared to the previous two years’ cycles, which were both somewhat chaotic. After primarily offering virtual college tours for the past two years, many institutions have recently resumed hosting actual visitors on their campuses. Students who are enrolling for the admissions cycle that will take place in 2022-2023 have, for the most part, refrained from taking any remote classes during their final year of high school.

However, some of the adjustments made to college admissions procedures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are still in effect. Most significantly, numerous educational institutions continue to practice test-optional admittance procedures. Students still have the opportunity to write an essay in the Common Application’s optional part about how the epidemic influenced the admissions process they went through.

Early Decision, Early Action, and Restrictive Early Action Trends

The Early Decision and Early Action application rounds are continuing to be extremely important for colleges as they seek to both increase the number of students who apply and improve their capacity to control the number of students who enroll (the percentage of admitted students who enroll).

This year, Caltech made a decision to move to restrictive early action (REA), deviating from the previous year’s early action option. Restrictive Early Action is nonbinding and means that students can only apply to that particular school and no other EA schools – typically private schools, although universities generally will allow students to apply to public schools.

In the past, for example, students would apply EA to MIT, Caltech, and UChicago simultaneously all under their early action plan (EA) in an effort to maximize their odds of acceptance. In addition, students will also apply EA to University of Michigan and Georgia Tech, which are public schools. UPenn, while an ED school, also allows students to apply EA to other schools, but if the student is accepted to UPenn, they must attend.

Applying Early Boosts Your Odds

The early action typically has a much higher acceptance rate than that of regular decision, sometimes by a factor of 5x! For example, the regular decision rate at Harvard may be 3%, while the restrictive early action rate can be as high as 15% in some cases.

The  Early Action application round presents an opportunity for prospective students interested in enrolling in the class of 2027.  In general, both universities and applicants are showing a growing interest in participating in early rounds.

It is important to note that as the number of applicants and universities that use early rounds increases, the admissions process may get more inventive. Tulane University made its early decisions available to applicants two years ago, about one month ahead of schedule.

Among those acceptances, a handful of students were accepted to begin their studies in the spring term of 2022. Although invited students were not required to attend the school like those who applied for ED and were accepted for fall enrollment, their decision to participate in the school was irrevocable, and they could not change their enrollment to take place during the fall term.

As a result of the nearly 4% decrease in college enrollment that occurred between the two years prior, a greater number of schools are likely to create new techniques in an effort to increase yield rates. Nevertheless, a rise in the number of FAFSA applications submitted for the academic year 2022-2023 gives rise to the possibility that colleges will soon observe a rise in the number of applications they receive.

When will the decisions about early action be made?

Around the 15th of December, the majority of universities send admission decisions to Early Decision and Early Action applicants. Because of the typical deadlines for applications, this implies that if a student’s ED college rejects them, they only have around two weeks remaining to submit applications to other schools before the deadlines pass.

Notification Dates for Early Decisions and Early Actions for 2022-2023

As part of our commitment to alleviate some of the stress that is typically involved with the process of applying to colleges, we at AdmissionSight, are committed to providing you with the most recent and accurate information on the early decision notification dates on an annual basis.

Our list of yearly release dates is extraordinarily detailed, and it is kept up to date by being revised every day as new information is obtained. Be sure to check the links that are provided within the list for the latest information and dates that have been added.

The following is a list of the notice dates for early decision applications for the Class of 2027. You should plan on these dates shifting as we get closer to the middle of December. Make sure to check back frequently for revised dates and times, particularly for events that do not have precise dates and times listed. Generally speaking, the notification dates will fall on December 15th at 7PM EST.

If you want to know more about the important details of Early Action and Early Decision, AdmissionSight is available to help. We have assisted students to be admitted to the top schools in the country with our expertise in college admissions honed by years of experience. Contact AdmissionSight and book your initial consultation today.

School Early Decision Notification Date
Amherst College ED: Early-to-mid December
Babson College ED: Mid-December
Barnard College ED: Mid-December
Bates College ED I: By December 20
Boston College ED I: By December 15
Boston University ED: Mid-December
Bowdoin College ED I: Mid-December
Brandeis University December 15
Brown University Mid-December
Bucknell University Mid-December
Caltech Mid-December
Carleton College December 15
Carnegie Mellon University December 15
Case Western Reserve University ED I: December 10
Colby College On or before December 15
Colgate University ED I: Mid-December
Colorado College Mid-December
Columbia University Mid-December
Cornell University ED: Mid-December
Dartmouth College ED: Mid-December
Davidson College By December 15
Duke University ED: Mid-December
Elon University ED: December 1
Emerson College TBA
Emory University ED I: December 15
Fordham University December 20
George Mason University December 15
George Washington University ED: Late December
Georgetown University EA: December 15
Georgia Tech EA 1: Mid-December 
Hamilton College December 15
Harvard University REA: Mid-December 
Harvey Mudd TBA
Johns Hopkins University ED I: December 16
Lafayette College ED: December 15
Lehigh University ED I: Mid-December
Middlebury College ED I: Mid-December
MIT EA: Mid-December
New York University ED I: December 15
Northeastern University ED I: By January 1
Northwestern University ED: Mid-December
Oberlin College December 15
Occidental College December 15
Pomona College ED: By December 15
Princeton University SCEA: Mid-December 
Rice University ED 1: Mid-December
Stanford University REA: Mid-December
Suffolk University TBA
Swarthmore College ED I: Mid-December 
Texas Christian University (TCU) ED I: By January 1
Trinity College By Mid-December
Tufts University ED I: By Mid-December
Tulane University By December 15
University of Chicago Mid-December
University of Georgia Late November to early December
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign EA: January 27
University of Massachusetts Amherst EA: By the end of January
University of Miami ED: Mid-December
University of Michigan EA: By late January
University of Notre Dame TBA
University of Pennsylvania ED: Mid-December
University of Richmond Around December 15
University of San Francisco ED: Mid-December
University of Texas at Austin February 1
University of Vermont Late December
University of Virginia ED: By December 15
Vanderbilt University Mid-December
Villanova University ED I: By December 15
Virginia Tech ED: TBA
Washington & Lee University ED I: Late December
Washington University in St. Louis ED: December 16
Wellesley College Mid-December
Wesleyan University Mid-December
William & Mary Early December
Williams College By December 15
Worcester Polytechnic Institute December 15
Yale University Mid-December

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