Class of 2021 Early Notifications

Class of 2021 Admission, Class of 2021 Early Decision Notification, Class of 2021 Early Action Notification

We’ve got the Early Decision / Early Action notification dates for selective and highly selective colleges across America.

We have so many folks writing in over the last few days asking us when just about every highly selective college will be notifying applicants to the Class of 2021 of their decisions from the Early Decision / Early Action round. It’s exhausting. While we put out information every day about highly selective college admissions, we are a business. Not an information service. So for those folks writing in demanding to know when a certain school will notify applicants, don’t be too surprised when you don’t get a reply. After all, we need to devote our time and attention to our clients. But, as the leading source of advice on highly selective college admissions, we figured we’d post one final update on when we anticipate various selective and highly selective colleges to notify Early Decision / Early Action applicants of their decisions. So here goes. And if our readers know of a more recent update (since some schools update this information), do post a Comment below and we’ll verify accordingly.

Amherst CollegeAlready notified
Barnard CollegeDecember 13th
Bates CollegeDecember 20th
Boston CollegeTowards the end of this week
Bowdoin CollegeAlready notified
Brown UniversityDecember 14th at 5 PM ET
California Institute of TechnologyAlready notified
Carnegie Mellon UniversityAlready notified
Claremont McKenna CollegeDecember 15th
Colby CollegeDecember 15th
Columbia UniversityTomorrow after 6 PM ET
Cornell UniversityAlready notified
Dartmouth CollegeDecember 14th
Duke UniversityDecember 14th at 7 PM ET
Emory UniversityDecember 15th
Georgetown UniversityDecember 15th
Harvard UniversityDecember 13th
Haverford CollegeDecember 15th
Johns Hopkins UniversityBy December 16th
Middlebury CollegeAlready notified
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyDecember 15th at 6:28 PM ET (yes, they’re always this specific!)
New York UniversityDecember 15th at 5 PM ET
Northwestern UniversityDecember 15th
Princeton UniversityDecember 15th after 3 PM ET
Rice UniversityMid-December
Stanford UniveresityAlready notified
Swarthmore CollegeAlready notified
Tufts UniversityMid-December
University of ChicagoMid-December
University of MichiganBy December 24th
University of North CarolinaBy January 31st
University of VirginiaJanuary 31st
Vanderbilt UniversityDecember 15th
Vassar CollegeTomorrow at 5 PM ET
Washington University in St. LouisAlready notified
Wellesley CollegeAlready notified
Wesleyan UniversityAlready notified
Williams CollegeAlready notified
Yale UniversityDecember 15th


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  • Patrick Walsh says:

    Do you have a list of dates that these schools will relate their decisions for RD?

  • San says:

    What about Harvey Mudd? It is quite selective, especially because unlike MIT or Caltech, where students apply “just because”, the students who apply to Harvey Mudd know how good the school is. In my area, I talked to many Guidance Counselors, and they did not even know that this school existed – I was not surprised. GCs were asking the students to apply to “Known” Ivy Leagues.

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