Class of 2027 Early Decision Notification Dates

The college admissions season is flying by, and before you know it early admission decisions will be released. Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

Compared to the last two years, this college admissions cycle has likely felt like more of a return to “normal.” After two years of primarily virtual college tours, many schools have reopened their campuses for visitors. Students applying during the 2022-2023 admissions cycle have also largely avoided remote classes during their senior year of high school. 

However, some of the college admissions changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic remain. Most notably, many schools are maintaining test-optional admissions policies. Students also still have the option to discuss how the pandemic impacted their admissions process in the Common App’s optional section. 

Early Decision and Early Action Trends

Colleges are continuing to rely heavily on Early Decision and Early Action application rounds to encourage more students to apply and better manage their yield (the percentage of admitted students who enroll). This year the University of Southern California announced an Early Action application round for class of 2027 applicants – something they said they did due to demand. Overall, early rounds are becoming more popular for both colleges and applicants.

It’s worth noting, as more students and universities utilize early rounds, admissions decisions might get more creative. Two years ago Tulane University released early decisions almost a month ahead of schedule, and in those acceptances, a number of students were admitted to the spring 2022 term. While invited students were not obligated to attend like those who applied ED and were admitted for fall enrollment, their decision was final and they were not able to switch their enrollment to the fall term. 

Since college enrollment is down approximately 4% from the year prior, more schools are likely to develop new strategies in an effort to boost yield rates. However, an increase in FAFSA applications for the 2022-2023 academic year suggests that colleges may soon see an uptick in the number of applications they receive.

When Do Early Action Decisions Come Out?

Most colleges notify Early Decision and Early Action applicants of admission around December 15. Because of the usual deadlines for applications, this means that if a student is rejected by their ED college, there are only about two weeks left to send in other applications.

2022-23 Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates

At IvyWise, we aim to relieve some of the stress commonly associated with the college admissions process, and that includes bringing you the most updated information on early decision release dates every year. Our annual release date list is exceptionally comprehensive and updated daily as new information becomes available. Be sure to check the links provided within the list for the most recent dates and information.

Here are the early decision application notification dates for the Class of 2027:

Expect these dates to change as we draw closer to mid-December. Check back regularly for updated dates and times – especially for those without specific dates and times or those labeled “TBD.” See a school we left out or an updated release date we haven’t included yet? Tell us in the comments below and we will add it to our list!

SchoolEarly Decision Notification Date
American UniversityED I: By December 31
Amherst CollegeED: December 9 at 6:21pm ET
Babson CollegeED: Mid-December
EA: January 1
Barnard CollegeED: December 14 at 6:30pm ET
(confirmed via email)
Bates CollegeED I: By December 20
Boston CollegeED I: December 6
Boston UniversityED: December 13
Bowdoin CollegeED I: December 9 at 7pm ET
(confirmed via Instagram stories)
Brandeis UniversityDecember 15
Brown UniversityDecember 20 at 7pm ET
Bryn Mawr CollegeED I: TBA
Bucknell UniversityMid-December
CaltechDecember 10 at 8:06am PT
(confirmed via email)
Carleton CollegeDecember 15
Carnegie Mellon UniversityDecember 10 after 9am ET
(confirmed via email)
Case Western Reserve UniversityED I: December 5
EA: December 21
Chapman UniversityED: Late December
EA: Late December, rolling through early February
Claremont McKenna CollegeED I: By December 15
Colby CollegeOn or before December 15
Colgate UniversityED I: Mid-December
Colorado CollegeEDI: December 13
Columbia UniversityED: December 15 after 7pm ET
Connecticut CollegeDecember 9, 2022 at 7 pm ET
Cornell UniversityED: December 15 at 7pm ET
Dartmouth CollegeED I: December 16
(confirmed via phone)
Davidson CollegeED I: December 15 at 9pm ET
DePaul UniversityEA: By December 15
Drexel UniversityED I: Mid-December
EA: Mid-December
Duke UniversityED: December 17 at 2pm ET
(confirmed via phone)
Elon UniversityED I: December 1
EA: December 20
Emerson CollegeED I: Mid-December
EA: Mid-December
Emory UniversityED I: December 15 after 6pm ET
Fordham UniversityED: December 20
EA: December 20
Furman UniversityED I: December 1
EA: January 15
George Mason UniversityEA: December 15
George Washington UniversityED: Late December
Georgetown UniversityEA: December 15
Georgia TechEA I: December 9
EA II: Late January
Hamilton CollegeED I: December 15
Harvard UniversityREA: December 15 at 7pm ET
Harvey Mudd CollegeED I: December 15
Haverford CollegeED I: December 15
Johns Hopkins UniversityED I: December 16
Lafayette CollegeED I: December 15 at 4 pm ET
Lehigh UniversityED I: December 9
Loyola Marymount UniversityED I: Mid-December
EA: Late December
Middlebury CollegeED I: December 10
MITEA: December 17 at 12:17pm ET
New York UniversityED I: December 15
Northeastern UniversityED I: December 8
EA: By February 1
Northwestern UniversityED: December 16
Oberlin CollegeDecember 15
Occidental CollegeDecember 15
Parsons, The New School for DesignEA: Mid-December
Penn State UniversityEA: December 24
Pomona CollegeED: December 15 at 5pm PT
Pratt InstituteEA: November 28 rolling through Mid-December
Princeton UniversitySCEA: December 15 at 7pm ET
(confirmed via email)
Purdue UniversityEA: January 15
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteED I: December 10
EA: January 28
B.S./M.D. Program: Early April
Rice UniversityED I: December 14 after 5pm CT
(confirmed via email)
Rutgers UniversityEA: January 31
Sarah Lawrence CollegeED I: Late December
EA: Late December
Sewanee: The University of the SouthED I: Early December
EA: Late January
Skidmore CollegeED I: December 8
Stanford UniversityREA: December 16 at 4pm PT
Swarthmore CollegeFall ED: December 13 at 7pm ET
Syracuse UniversityED: Late December rolling through January
Temple UniversityEA: By January 10
Texas Christian University (TCU)ED I: By January 1
Trinity CollegeBy Mid-December
Tufts UniversityED I: December 13 at 7pm ET
Tulane UniversityED I: December 1 at 4pm CT
EA: January 15
University of ChicagoED I: December 21
EA: December 21
ED II: Mid-February
University of Colorado – BoulderEA: By February 1
University of GeorgiaNovember 18 at 4pm ET
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignEA: January 27
University of Massachusetts AmherstEA: By the end of January
University of MiamiED I: December 9
EA: By the end of January
University of MichiganEA: By late January 
University of MinnesotaEA I: By January 31
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillEA: By January 31
University of Notre DameREA: Mid-December
University of PennsylvaniaED: December 15 at 7pm ET
(confirmed via phone)
University of RichmondED I: December 9
EA: Around January 25
University of San FranciscoED: Mid-December
EA: Late January
University of Southern CaliforniaEA: Mid-to-late January
University of South CarolinaEA: December 14
University of TennesseeEA: Week of December 19
(confirmed via phone)
University of Texas at AustinFebruary 1
University of VermontED: Late December
EA: Late December
University of VirginiaED: December 13 at 5pm ET
EA: By February 15
Vanderbilt UniversityED I: December 14 at 5:30pm CT
(confirmed via email)
Vassar UniversityED I: Mid-December
Villanova UniversityED I: December 14 at 5pm ET
EA: By January 20
Virginia TechED: December 9 at 5pm ET
EA: Late February
Wake Forest UniversityED I: Rolling
Washington & Lee UniversityED I: December 16 at 8pm ET
(confirmed via Instagram story)
Washington University in St. LouisED: December 13
Wellesley CollegeED I: December 10
Wesleyan UniversityED I: December 10
William & MaryED I: December 9
Williams CollegeED: Evening of December 9
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteED I: December 13 at 5pm ET
EA: January 15
Yale UniversitySCEA: December 15 after 5pm ET
(confirmed via phone)

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