Class of 2021 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Thursday, November 10, 2016

class of 2021 early decision notification dates.jpgEarly Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2016-17 Application Season


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There’s only a little more than a month left before the first early applcation decisions are released. Are you ready? Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

For the class of 2021, this has been an interesting college admissions season, with the launch of the Coalition Application and the new SAT. With admission rates reaching record-lows for the class of 2020, more colleges are expecting a higher number of early applications this year as many students use the early round to boost their chances of admission and demonstrate their interest in their top-choice colleges.

Applying early decision or early action to a college is a big decision, and can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety for college bound students. By knowing what to expect and when, inclduing early application decision release dates, students can better prepare for the next step in the admissions process, no matter the outcome of their early application.

At IvyWise, we aim to make the admissions process a little more clear by bringing you the most updated information on early decision release dates every year. Our annual admission decision release date list is the most comprehensive and up-to-date, as other lists tend to repost old information and early decision dates and from our previous lists. Be sure to check the links provided within the list for the most recent early application notification dates and information.

Right now, it looks like the best guess for the first round of Ivy League admission deicison releases is Dec. 13, which was reported in this piece for the Harvard Crimson.

Here are early application decision notification dates for the Class of 2021.

Expect these dates to change as we draw closer to mid-December, so check back regularly for updated date and times – especially for those without specific dates and times or those labeled “TBD.”


SchoolEarly Decision Notification Date
Amherst CollegeDecember 9, 2016 late in the day
Babson CollegeMid December (Early Decision)

January 1st (Early Action)

Barnard CollegeDecember 13, 2016 in the evening
Boston CollegeWeek of December 11, 2016
Boston UniversityDecember 15
Brandeis UniversityDecember 15
Brown UniversityDecember 14, 2016 after 5 pm ET
Cal TechMid December
Carleton CollegeDecember 11, 2016 at 6 pm CT
Carnegie Mellon UniversityDecember 10, 2016
Case WesternAround December 17, 2016
Claremont McKennaDeccember 15th at 5pm PST
ColgateMailed December 12, 2016
Colorado CollegeMid- December
Columbia UniversityDecember 12, 2016 after 6 pm ET
Cornell UniversityDecember 8, 2016 at 5 pm ET
Dartmouth CollegeDecember 14, 2016 in the afternoon (confirmed by admissions office)
Duke UniversityDecember 14, 2016 at 7 pm ET
Emory UniversityBy December 15
George Washington


Mid December
Georgetown UniversityDecember 15
Georgia TechJanuary 14, 2017
Hamilton CollegeDecember 14, 2016 at  8 pm
Harvard UniversityDecember 13, 2016, after 5 pm ET
Harvey MuddDecember 15 (decisions mailed)
Johns Hopkins UniversityDecember 16, 2016
Middlebury CollegeMid December
MITDecember 15, 2016 at 6:28 pm ET
New York UniversityDecember 15, 2016 at 5 pm EST
NortheasternED- By December 15, 2016
EA- By December 31, 2016
Northwestern UniversityDecember 15
Notre Dame UniversityMid December
Pomona College
Princeton UniversityDecember 15, 2016 after 3 p.m. ET
RISDPossibly December 12, 2016
Santa ClaraLate December
Skidmore CollegeMailed by December 15, 2016
Smith CollegeDecember 13, 2016
Stanford UniversityFriday December 9, 2016 at 3 pm PST
Swarthmore CollegeBy December 15
Syracuse UniversityWill begin releasing decisions in Mid-December (they do not all go out at once)
Tufts UniversityBy December 16, 2016
Tulane UniversityDecember 15 (Early Action)

December 20 (Early Decision)

University of ChicagoDecember 19, 2016 late in the afternoon
University of MichiganBy December 24
University of North Carolina – Chapel HillBy end of January 2017
University of PennsylvaniaDecember 9, 2016 at 3 pm ET
University of VirginiaJanuary 31
Vanderbilt UniversityDecember 15
VassarDecember 12, 2016 at the end of the day
Washington and LeeBy December 25, 2016
Washington University in St. LouisMid December
Wellesley CollegeDecember 8, 2016 
WesleyanDecember 10th 2:45 pm
Williams CollegeDecember 9, 2016 in the evening
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteDecember 20
Yale UniversityDecember 15, 2016


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!

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