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December 14, 2022

Class of 2027 Early Action and Early Decision Notification Dates

Harvard College and the other seven Ivy League schools release their Early Action / Early Decision notifications in mid-December.

The 2022-2023 admissions cycle for the Class of 2027 has, in some ways, marked a return to normalcy after a couple of years significantly impacted by the pandemic. After months of canceled in-person college tours and a dearth of visits by regional admissions representatives from our nation’s elite universities to local high schools, campus tours and high school visits were back this year with gusto. One elite university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, even chose to reinstate an SAT / ACT testing requirement after so many top universities went test-optional during the pandemic, joining Georgetown University in declaring that test scores, while surely flawed, still matter as a barometer to judge students from one high school against students from another.

Early Action and Early Decision 1 Notification Dates Are Right Around the Corner

And now we’re just a couple of weeks away from applicants to the Class of 2027 learning of their decisions stemming from the Early Action / Early Decision 1 round of admissions. Most colleges release Early Action and Early Decision 1 notifications around mid December (Early Decision 2 notifications tend to come out in February), but we know you want more specifics than that — if indeed the schools have been more specific in their verbiage. So we’ve got the Early Action, Decision 1, and even the Early Decision 2 notification dates for students and parents wondering just when they’ll learn their fates. But before we dive into those Early Action and Early Decision admission notification dates, let’s first put the 2022-2023 admissions cycle for the Class of 2027 in context.

2022-2023 Early Trends in Elite College Admissions

The Pandemic Served as an Impetus for Admissions Changes

Of course, some of the changes spurred by the pandemic are still in play for the Class of 2027. Most elite universities remain test-optional. Students do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores to these institutions. As we’ve long argued, all else being equal, applicants to top universities with great scores will always enjoy an advantage over applicants with no scores. In addition to most top colleges remaining test-optional, virtual information sessions, sparked by the pandemic, are still very much a part of the admissions process this cycle even though in-person information sessions are back in action. And, yes, students continue to be applying to more and more colleges.

The Pandemic’s Impact on Applications to the Class of 2025

During the 2020-2021 admissions cycle for the Class of 2025, applications soared to the most selective institutions, including 43% at Harvard College, 33% at Yale University, 12.56% at Princeton University (Princeton did not offer an Early Action round that cycle), 33% at Dartmouth College, 29.4% at Brown University, 25.07% at the University of Pennsylvania, and nearly 66% (that’s right — 66%!) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others. Applications were up at just about every highly selective school across the board — and by a wide margin. It was a year without precedent.

The Pandemic’s Impact on Applications to the Class of 2026

Last year, during the 2021-2022 admissions cycle for the Class of 2026, applications were up at most elite universities in America — often by a wide margin — but there were some schools that saw slight application declines. Among the Ivy League institutions, applications soared at Harvard College, Yale University, and Brown University, while applications dipped slightly at Dartmouth College along with the University of Pennsylvania. The acceptance rates at Harvard, Yale, and Brown also dropped to historic lows. Among other elite schools, Duke University, Northwestern University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also set new record application records. Yes, MIT’s applications went up again after climbing nearly 66% the prior year.

Our Forecast for the Class of 2027 Admissions Cycle

Most elite universities have not yet released their Early Decision / Early Action application tallies for the Class of 2027, though we got the early word at Dartmouth College where Early Decision applications are rumored to be up. This comes after applications to Dartmouth dipped slightly last year for the Class of 2026 — to a bit over 2,600 students after hitting a high of 2,664 for the Early Decision round of the Class of 2025. But we don’t need the early word to issue a crystal ball prediction. At Ivy Coach, as our loyal readers know all too well, we’ve got a crystal ball. We thus hereby forecast that applications will be up at most — though not all — highly selective universities. In short, we believe it will be more of a mixed bag: like last year rather than the year before. Applications will rise at some top schools while they will dip slightly at others.

The 2022-2023 Early Action and Early Decision Notification Dates

Without further ado, below are our compiled Early Action, Early Decision 1, and Early Decision 2 notification dates for the highly selective universities in America. Keep in mind that these dates are subject to change and we will update the information as it becomes available. Also keep in mind that some schools can jump the gun (hi, Tulane University which released Early Decision notifications to the Class of 2026 on November 22 last year!)? That was crazy. In any case, here are the announced 2022-2023 Early Action and Early Decision notification dates as they stand now:

College / UniversityEarly Action / Early Decision Notification Date
Amherst CollegeEarly Decision: December 9
Babson CollegeEarly Action & Decision I: Mid December; Early Decision II: Mid February
Barnard CollegeEarly Decision: December 14 at 6:30 PM ET
Bates CollegeEarly Decision I: By December 20; Early Decision II: By February 15
Boston CollegeEarly Decision I: By December 15; Early Decision II: February 15
Boston UniversityEarly Decision I: Mid December; Early Decision II: Early February
Bowdoin CollegeEarly Decision I: December 9 at 7 PM ET; Early Decision II: Mid February
Brandeis UniversityEarly Decision 1: December 15; Early Decision 2: February 1
Brown UniversityEarly Decision: December 20 at 7 PM ET
Bucknell UniversityEarly Decision I: Mid December; Early Decision II: Mid February
California Institute of TechnologyEarly Action: December 10 at 8:06 AM PT
Carleton CollegeEarly Decision 1: December 15; Early Decision 2: February 15
Carnegie Mellon UniversityEarly Decision I: December 10 After 9 AM ET; Early Decision II: February 1
Claremont McKenna CollegeEarly Decision 1: December 15; Early Decision 2: February 15
Colby CollegeEarly Decision 1: On or before December 15; Early Decision 2: On or before February 15
Colgate UniversityEarly Decision 1: Mid December; Early Decision 2: Mid February
Colorado CollegeEarly Action: Late December; Early Decision 1: Mid December; Early Decision 2: Mid February
Columbia UniversityEarly Decision: December 15 After 7 PM ET
Connecticut CollegeEarly Decision 1: December 9 at 7 PM ET; Early Decision 2: Mid February
Cornell UniversityEarly Decision: December 15 at 7 PM ET
Dartmouth CollegeEarly Decision: December 16
Davidson CollegeEarly Decision 1: By December 15 at 9 PM ET; Early Decision 2: By February 1
Duke UniversityEarly Decision: December 17 at 2 PM ET
Emerson CollegeEarly Action & Early Decision 1: Mid December; Early Decision II and Early Action II: By Early February
Emory UniversityEarly Decision I: December 14; Early Decision II: By February 15
Fordham UniversityEarly Action & Early Decision: December 20
Georgetown UniversityRestrictive Early Action: December 15
Georgia Institute of TechnologyEarly Action 1 (Georgia residents only): December 1; Early Action 2: Late January (all non-Georgia residents)
Hamilton CollegeEarly Decision 1: By December 15; Early Decision 2: By February 15
Harvard CollegeSingle Choice Early Action: December 15 at 7 PM ET
Harvey Mudd CollegeEarly Decision 1: By December 15; Early Decision 2: By February 15
Haverford CollegeEarly Decision 1: December 15; Early Decision 2: Early February
Johns Hopkins UniversityEarly Decision 1: December 16; Early Decision 2: February 11
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyEarly Action: December 17 at 12:17 PM ET
Middlebury CollegeEarly Decision 1: Mid December; Early Decision 2: Mid February
New York UniversityEarly Decision 1: December 15; Early Decision 2: February 15
Northeastern UniversityEarly Decision 1: By December 15; Early Action: By February 1; Early Decision 2: By March 1
Northwestern UniversityEarly Decision: Mid December
Oberlin CollegeEarly Decision 1: By December 15; Early Decision 2: By February 1
Occidental CollegeEarly Decision 1: December 15; Early Decision 2: February 20
Pomona CollegeEarly Decision 1: December 15 at 5 PM PT; Early Decision 2: By February 15
Princeton UniversitySingle Choice Early Action: December 15 at 7 PM ET
Rice UniversityEarly Decision: December 14 After 5 PM CT
Stanford UniversitySingle Choice Early Action: December 16 at 4 PM PT
Swarthmore CollegeEarly Decision 1: December 13 at 7 PM ET; Early Decision 2: By February 15
The College of William & Mary
Early Decision 1: Late December; Early Decision 2: Late January
Tufts UniversityEarly Decision 1: December 13 at 7 PM ET; Early Decision 2: Mid February
Tulane UniversityEarly Decision 1: December 1; Early Decision 2: January 15; Early Action: January 31
University of ChicagoEarly Decision 1 and Early Action: December 21 – Late Afternoon; Early Decision 2: February 11
University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignEarly Action: January 27
University of MichiganEarly Action: Late January
University of MiamiEarly Decision 1: Mid December; Early Action: Late January; Early Decision 2: Late February
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillEarly Action: January 31
University of Notre DameRestrictive Early Action: TBD
University of PennsylvaniaEarly Decision: December 15 at 7 PM ET
University of RichmondEarly Decision 1: Around December 15; Early Decision 2: Around February 15
University of Southern CaliforniaEarly Action: Mid to Late January
University of Texas at AustinPriority: By February 1
University of VirginiaEarly Decision: December 13 at 5 PM ET; Early Action: February 15
Vanderbilt UniversityEarly Decision 1: December 14 at 5:30 PM CT; Early Decision 2: Mid February
Villanova UniversityEarly Action: By January 20; Early Decision 1: December 14 at 5 PM ET; Early Decision 2: By February 15
Virginia Polytechnic InstituteEarly Decision: December 9 at 5 PM ET; Early Action: Late February
Wake Forest UniversityEarly Decision 1: As Early as December 1; Early Decision 2: As Early as February 15
Washington and Lee UniversityEarly Decision 1: December 16 at 8 PM ET; Early Decision 2: Late January
Washington University in St. LouisEarly Decision 1: December 13; Early Decision 2: February 15
Wellesley CollegeEarly Decision 1: Mid December; Early Decision 2: Mid February
Wesleyan UniversityEarly Decision 1: Mid December; Early Decision 2: Mid February
Williams CollegeEarly Decision: December 9
Yale UniversitySingle Choice Early Action: December 15 After 5 PM ET

Is a school you applied to in the Early Action or Early Decision round missing from the list? Let us know the school in question and we’ll be sure to update the chart!

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