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Class of 2028 Early Admission Rates

Monday, May 20, 2024

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The first members of the college class of 2028 are in! Here’s our breakdown of the early admission rates for the class of 2028. We will continue updating this post as more information becomes available!

Early Admission Trends

Early application rounds have gained popularity in recent years with both colleges and applicants. More schools are offering more early admission rounds, with some even offering three (or even four!) opportunities to apply early with Early Action (EA), Early Decision (ED) I and II, and even “hidden” Early Decision III rounds. Admission rates in early pools tend to be higher, with a smaller pool of highly qualified applicants indicating the school is their top-choice. Since colleges care about informed interest and yield rates, it’s important that these applicants are sure to attend if applying in a binding round (ED), or more likely to enroll if admitted EA.

Early Admission Rates

So, how have these trends impacted college admissions rates? Some schools experience record-high application numbers, which can result in record-low acceptance rates at some of the most selective institutions. To learn about the early round acceptance rates at the colleges on your best-fit list, check out our chart below:

School Class of 2028 Early Admission Rate Class of 2027 Early Admission Rate Class of 2026 Early Admission Rate
American University TBA ED I and II: 84.69% ED I and II: 85.94%
Amherst College TBA ED: 27.13% ED: 31.79%
Auburn University TBA EA: 44.00% EA: 24.00%
Barnard College TBA ED: 27.05% ED: 29.00%
Boston College TBA ED I and II: 30.00% ED I and II: 28.14%
Boston University TBA ED I and II:
ED: 25.34%
Bowdoin University ED I and II: 13.47% ED I and II: 17.56% ED I and II: 27.46%
Brown University ED: 14.38% ED: 13.03% ED: 14.58%
Carleton College TBA ED I and II: 38.78% ED I and II: 22.91%
Carnegie Mellon University TBA ED I and II:
ED I and II: 12.52%
Chapman University TBA EA: Unknown
ED: 62.04%
EA: Unknown
ED: 60.75%
Colgate University ED I: 32.00%
ED II: 32.00%
EA: 20.00%
ED I and II: 22.42% ED I and II: 25.19%
Colorado College TBA ED I: 39.00%
ED II: 39.00%
EA: 23.00%
ED I: 26.00%
ED II: 26.00%
EA: 15.00%
Cornell University TBA ED: 17.55% ED: 19.16%
Dartmouth College ED: 17.07% ED: 19.94% ED: 21.27%
Denison University TBA ED I and II: 21.95% ED I and II: 31.46%
Duke University ED: 12.92% ED: 16.48%  ED: 20.25%
Emory University ED I: 31.99%
(rate calculated overall across both campuses)
ED II: Emory College: 12.00%
ED II: Oxford College: 11.00%
ED I: 37.41%
(rate calculated overall across both campuses)
ED II: Emory College: 11.73%
ED II: Oxford College: Unknown
ED I: 36.46%
(rate calculated overall across both campuses)
ED II: Emory College: 14.00%
ED II: Oxford College: 13.00%
George Washington University TBA ED I and II: 63.96% ED I and II: 66.08%
Georgetown University EA: 10.26%  EA: app. 11.76%  EA: 9.98%
Georgia Tech EA I (In-State): 39.00%
EA II (Out-of-State and International): 9.42%
EA I (In-State): app. 40.00%
EA II (Out-of-State): app. 10.00%
EA I (In-State): 39.00%
EA II (Out-of-State): 12.00%
Grinnell College ED I and II: 34.06% TBA ED I and II: 52.80%
Harvard University REA: 8.74% REA: 7.56%  REA: 7.87%
Johns Hopkins University TBA ED I and II: 13.61% ED I and II: 14.75%
Middlebury College TBA ED I and II: 34.02% ED I and II: 42.25%
MIT EA: 5.26% EA: 5.74% EA: 4.72%
Northeastern University TBA ED I and II: 38.67%
EA: Not announced
ED I and II: 32.88%
EA: Not announced
Northwestern University TBA ED: 22.55% ED: 22.09%
Rice University ED: 15.32%  ED: 16.46% ED: 18.75% 
Santa Clara University ED I and EA combined: 52.00% ED I and EA combined: 49.00%
ED I and II: 71.30%
ED I and II: 82.68%
EA: Not announced
Smith College TBA ED I and II: 32.58% ED I and II: 49.22%
University of Georgia EA: In-State: 50.00%
Out-of-State: 25.00%
EA: 31.74% EA: 41.40%
University of Notre Dame REA: 14.99%  REA: 15.24% REA: 17.30%
University of Pennsylvania TBA  TBA ED: 15.52%
University of Rochester TBA ED I and II: 39.22% ED I and II: 43.73%
University of Southern California EA: ~7.20% EA: 6.12% N/A
University of Virginia ED: In-State: 30.39%
Out-of-State: 18.54%
EA: In-State: 28.23%
Out-of-State: 13.31%
ED: In-State: 31.11%
Out-of-State: 17.06%
EA: In-State: 27.47%
Out-of-State: 12.37%
ED: In-State: 37.35%
Out-of-State: 24.86%
EA: In-State: 30.21%
Out-of-State: 16.22%
Vanderbilt University ED I and II: 15.24% ED I and II: 16.94% ED I and II combined: 17.62%
ED I: app. 24.10%
ED II: app. 10.30%
Washington University in St. Louis TBA ED I and II: 25.64% ED I and II: 26.16%
Wesleyan University TBA ED I and II: 40.07%  ED I and II: 40.50%
Williams College ED: 23.31% ED: 27.04% ED: 31.21%
Yale University REA: 9.02% REA: 10.02% REA: 10.98%



Often, instead of an acceptance or rejection, applicants are deferred, meaning that their applications will be reviewed again in the Regular Decision round. If you were deferred, here are some additional resources on what a deferral means and how you can improve your chances of admission:

For a deeper dive into deferrals, register for our free webinar recording: What to Know About Deferrals: Understanding Deferrals and the Next Steps to Take.

At IvyWise, we work with students to help them navigate deferral decisions, including how to approach it and what their application strategy should be for the regular round. Contact us today for more information on our Deferral Consultation!


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Admission Rates, Early Decision/Early Action
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