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December 12, 2023

When Do College Decisions Come Out for the Class of 2028?

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Learn when college decisions come out at America’s highly selective universities (photo credit: Namkota).

Previously Published on January 17, 2023:

If you applied to the Class of 2028 and you’re wondering when college decisions will be rolling out for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle, you’ve come to the right place. While some colleges jump the gun at times and others can be slower than expected to release notifications, these dates will give you a pretty good idea of when you should expect to hear from the colleges to which you submitted applications.

Class of 2028 College Admissions Decisions Dates & Timelines

As a rule of thumb, most Early Decision I notifications are sent out around mid-December 2023. Early Action notifications tend to come out sometime between mid-December 2023 and late January 2024. Early Decision II notifications tend to be released in mid to late-February 2024. Regular Decision notifications generally go out between mid-March to April 1, 2024. And still other schools offer rolling admissions in which decisions tend to go out about four to six weeks after submitting an application.

Admissions PolicyTypical Notification Date
Early Decision IMid-December 2023
Early ActionMid-December 2023 to Late January 2024
Early Decision IIMid to Late February 2024
Regular DecisionMid-March 2024 to April 1, 2024
Rolling AdmissionUsually 4-6 weeks after the submission of an application (from fall through spring)

Specific Timeline for Admissions Decision Notifications by College

Top National Universities

When exactly will candidates to the best national universities for the Class of 2028 learn of their Early Decision I, Early Decision II, Early Action, or Regular Decision results? Wonder no more! Here are the dates for the list of schools ranked among the top 50 national universities by US News & World Report in the 2024 ranking:

College / University2024 US News Rank (“Best National Universities”)Early Decision I Notification DateEarly Decision II Notification DateEarly Action Notification DateRegular Decision Notification Date
Princeton University#1

Mid-December 2023End of March or Beginning of April 2024
Massachusetts Institute of Technology#2

December 17, 2023 at 12:17 PM ETMarch 14, 2024 (Pi Day)
Harvard University#3

Mid-December 2023End of March 2024
Stanford University#3

By Mid-December 2023Early April 2024
Yale University#5

Mid-December 2023By April 1, 2024
University of Pennsylvania#6By Mid December 2023By April 1, 2024
California Institute of Technology#7Mid-December 2023Mid-March 2024
Duke University#7Mid December 2023

Late March/Early April 2024
Brown University#9Mid-December 2023
By Early April 2024
Johns Hopkins#9December 15, 2023
February 16, 2024

March 20, 2024
Northwestern University#9December 2023

Late March 2024
Columbia University#12Mid-December 2023

Late March 2024
Cornell University#12Mid-December 2023

Late March 2024
University of Chicago#12Mid-December 2023Mid-February 2024Mid-December 2023Late March 2024
University of California, Berkeley#15
March 31, 2024 (Single Deadline)
University of California, Los Angeles#15March 31, 2024 (Single Deadline)
Rice University#17Mid-December 2023
By April 1, 2024
Dartmouth College#18Mid-December 2023

Late March or Early April 2024
Vanderbilt University#18Mid-December 2023Mid-February 2024
Late March 2024
University of Notre Dame#20


Mid-December 2023
Late March 2024
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor#21

By Late January 2024March 31, 2024
Georgetown University#22By December 15, 2023By April 1, 2024
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill#22January 31, 2024March 31, 2024
Carnegie Mellon University#24December 15, 2023February 15, 2024By April 1, 2024
Emory University#24December 15, 2023February 15, 2024By April 1, 2024
University of Virginia#24December 15, 2023
February 15, 2024By April 1, 2024
Washington University in St. Louis#24December 15, 2023February 16, 2024
By April 1, 2024
University of California, Davis#28

March 31, 2024 (Single Deadline)
University of California, San Diego#28March 31, 2024 (Single Deadline)
University of Florida#28February 23, 2024 (Single Deadline)
University of Southern California#28

Mid to Late January 2024By April 1, 2024
University of Texas at Austin#32

February 1, 2024 (Priority)No Later Than March 1, 2024
Georgia Institute of Technology#33

EA I (TBD) & EA II (TBD)
TBD (Typically in March)
University of California, Irvine#33March 31, 2024 (Single Deadline)
New York University#35December 15, 2023February 15, 2024
April 1, 2024
University of California, Santa Barbara#35

March 31, 2024 (Single Deadline)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign#35

January 26, 2024Early March 2024
University of Wisconsin – Madison#35

On or Before January 31, 2024On or Before March 31, 2024
Boston College#39December 5, 2023By February 15, 2024
By April 1, 2024
Rutgers University#40

By January 31, 2024By March 31, 2024
Tufts University#40By Mid-December 2023By Mid-February 2024
By April 1, 2024
University of Washington#40March 1, 2024 – March 15, 2024 (Single Deadline)
Boston University#43Mid-December 2023Mid-February 2024Late March 2024 – Early April 2024
The Ohio State University#43

December 8, 2023; January 19, 2024February 16, 2024; March 22, 2024
Purdue University#43January 15, 2024Between January 15, 2024 – March 31, 2024
University of Maryland, College Park#46February 1, 2024By April 1, 2024
Lehigh University#47Mid-December 2023Mid-February 2024Late March 2024
Texas A&M University#47

By Mid-December 2023January 1, 2024 – Late March 2024
University of Georgia#47Early December 2023Mid-March 2024
University of Rochester#47Mid-December 2023Early February 2024April 1, 2024
Virginia Institute of Technology#47Late February 2024Mid-March 2024
Wake Forest University#47RollingFebruary 15, 2024January 15, 2024No Later Than April, 2 2024

Top Liberal Arts Colleges

When exactly will candidates to the best liberal arts colleges for the Class of 2028 learn of their Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision results? Here are the dates for the list of schools ranked among the top 25 liberal arts colleges by US News & World Report in the 2024 ranking:

College / University2023 US News Rank (“Best Liberal Arts Colleges”)Early Decision I Notification DateEarly Decision II Notification DateEarly Action Notification DateRegular Decision Notification Date
Williams College#1By December 15, 2023

By April 1, 2024
Amherst College#2Early to Mid-December 2023

March 20, 2024
United States Naval Academy#3By April 15, 2024 (Rolling)
Pomona College#4By December 15, 2023By February 15, 2024
By April 1, 2024
Wellesley College#4Mid-December 2023Mid-February 2024
Late March 2024
United States Air Force Academy#7
By April 21, 2024 (Rolling)
United States Military Academy#8By April 15, 2024 (Rolling)
Bowdoin College#9Mid-December 2023Early February 2024
Mid-March 2024
Carleton College#9December 15, 2023February 15, 2024
April 1, 2024
Barnard College#11Mid-December 2023Late March 2024
Claremont McKenna College#11December 15, 2023February 15, 2024
April 1, 2024
Grinnell College#11Mid to Late December 2023Early February 2024
Late March/Early April 2024
Middlebury College#11Mid-December 2023Mid-February 2024
Late March 2024
Wesleyan University#11Mid-December 2023Mid-February 2024
Late March 2024
Davidson College#16December 16, 2023 at 10 AM ETJanuary 31, 2024
By April 1, 2024
Hamilton College#16By December 15, 2023By February 15, 2024
Late March 2024
Harvey Mudd College#16December 15, 2023February 15, 2024
April 1, 2024
Smith College#16December 15, 2023January 30, 2024
March 30, 2024
Vassar College#16Mid-December 2023Early February 2024
Late March/Early April 2024
Colgate University#21December 15, 2023March 1, 2024
April 1, 2024
Haverford College#21December 15, 2023Early February 2024
Early April 2024
Washington and Lee University#21December 15, 2023February 1, 2024
April 1, 2024
Bates College#24By December 20, 2023By February 15, 2024
By April 1, 2024
Colby College#25On or Before December 15, 2023On or Before February 15, 2024
On or Before April 1, 2024
University of Richmond#25Approximately December 15, 2023Approximately February 15, 2024
Mid-March 2024

Difference Between Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Early Action

As you’ll note from the above charts, some schools offer Early Decision and Regular Decision, others Early Decision I and II along with Regular Decision, others Early Decision I and II, Early Action, and Regular Decision, others Early Action and Regular Decision, and others just Regular Decision. Early Decision is a binding policy under which students are obliged to enroll if admitted. The difference between Early Decision I and II is the deadlines by which students must apply (it also is easier to get in through Early Decision I than through Early Decision II). Early Action is a non-binding policy under which students must let the college know where they intend to enroll by May 1, 2024.

What to Do While You Wait

Many students often wonder what they should do while they await decisions. But unless the college specifically requests material (e.g., first-quarter or mid-year grades), there’s nothing for students to do. Suppose an alum of a school reaches out to them for an interview. In that case, the student should seize that opportunity (securing an alumni interview isn’t an indication of one’s chances but instead of the availability of alumni interviewers in the student’s area to meet). But beyond doing the alumni interview, there’s nothing to do. Students should not be sending in unrequested updates to the colleges (unless it’s a meaningful update, like Regeneron Science Talent Search semi-finalist). They should not be pestering admissions officers as they’re in the crux of reading season.

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