Class of 2026 Early Admission Rates
The first members of the College Class of 2026 are in! Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the Class of 2026. More decisions and statistics will be released in the coming weeks, so we will be updating this post as more information becomes available!
Early Admission Rates
Once again, the academic year has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and college admissions are no exception. The Class of 2026 has faced an unprecedented number of changes, including extended test-optional admissions policies, online learning arrangements, and restrictions around campus activities.
So, how have these changes impacted college admissions rates? Some schools experienced record-high application numbers, which resulted in yet another year of 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 2026 Early Admission Rate||Class of 2025 Early Admission Rate|
|Emory University||ED I: 36.5%||ED I: 38.9%|
|Johns Hopkins University||TBA||ED I: 19%|
|University of Georgia||41.4%||38.69%|
|University of Notre Dame||17.3%||21.6%|
|University of Pennsylvania||15.6%||15%|
|University of Virginia||32%||32.9%|
|Vanderbilt University||24.1% (ED I only)||18.1% (ED I and II)|
|Wesleyan University||ED I: 44%|
ED II: 31%
|ED I: 62%|
ED II: 43%
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’s more information on what a deferral means and how you can improve your chances of admission in the Regular Decision round. 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!