Class of 2025 Early Decision Notification Dates

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

class of 2024 early decision notification datesEarly Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2020-21 Application Season

The college admissions season is flying by, and before you know it early admission decisions will be released. Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

This year’s college admissions cycle has been characterized by several changes brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many colleges have temporarily moved to test-optional admissions due to SAT/ACT cancellations, while others have extended their deadlines to give applicants more time to compile their applications. Although some elements of this year’s application process may feel a bit different, the anticipation surrounding decision notification dates remains high.

Early Decision and Early Action Trends

In a college admissions cycle marked by unusual circumstances, students can expect that colleges will get creative when it comes to admitting the first members of the class of 2025. For example, Tulane University released early decisions almost a month ahead of schedule, and in those acceptances, a number of students were admitted to the spring 2022 term. While those students are not obligated to attend like those who applied ED and were admitted for fall 2021, their decision is final and they won’t be able to switch their enrollment to the fall 2021 term. This is one sign that colleges are approaching the decision and enrollment process a little differently this year in order to manage their yield (the percentage of admitted students who enroll) and account for a fall class that might be larger than normal because of students who deferred from the previous admissions cycle.

In a year with an unprecedented number of test-optional and flexible admissions policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Georgia gave us a first look at how optional test-optional really was this year. According to the UGA admissions office, 30% of early action admits did not submit an SAT or ACT score.

When Do Early Action Decisions Come Out?

Time crunch for other applications: Most colleges do not notify ED and EA applicants of admission until 15th December. Because of the usual deadlines for applications, this means that if a student is rejected by the ED college, there are only two weeks left to send in other applications.

At IvyWise, we aim to relieve some of the stress commonly associated with the college admissions process, and that includes bringing you the most updated information on early decision release dates every year. Our annual release date list is the most comprehensive and updated daily as new information becomes available. Be sure to check the links provided within the list for the most recent dates and information.

Here are early application decision notification dates for the Class of 2025. Expect these dates to change as we draw closer to mid-December. Check back regularly for updated dates and times – especially for those without specific dates and times or those labeled “TBD.”


SchoolEarly Decision Notification Date
Amherst CollegeDecember 11, 2020 after 6 pm ET
Babson CollegeMid-December
Barnard CollegeDecember 14, 2020
Bates CollegeED 1: December 20, 2020
Boston CollegeED I: December 3, 2020
Boston UniversityDecember 14, 2020
Bowdoin CollegeDecember 11, 2020 at 7 pm ET
Brandeis UniversityDecember 15, 2020
Brown UniversityDecember 17, 2020 at 2 pm ET
CaltechEA: December 13
Carleton CollegeDecember 10, 2020 at 8:00pm CT
Carnegie Mellon UniversityDecember 12, 2020 at 9 am ET
Case Western Reserve UniversityED I: December 7, 2020
EA: December 22, 2020 at 8 pm ET
Colorado CollegeDecember 16, 2020 at 4pm MT
Columbia UniversityDecember 15, 2020 after 7 pm ET
Cornell UniversityDecember 17, 2020 at 7 pm ET
Dartmouth CollegeDecember 16, 2020 in the afternoon
Davidson CollegeDecember 15, 2020 at 9 pm ET
Duke UniversityDecember 18, 2020
Elon UniversityEA: December 18, 2020
Emerson CollegeED I: December 12, 2020
EA: December 12, 2020
Emory UniversityED I: December 9, 2020 at 6 pm ET
Fordham UniversityDecember 19, 2020
George Mason UniversityDecember 11, 2020
George Washington UniversityDecember 17, 2020
Georgetown UniversityDecember 13, 2020
Georgia TechEA 1: December 4 at 5 pm ET
Hamilton CollegeDecember 15
Harvard UniversityDecember 17, 2020 at 7 pm ET
Harvey MuddDecember 11, 2020 at 6 pm PT
Johns Hopkins UniversityED I: December 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET
Lehigh UniversityED I: December 10, 2020
Middlebury CollegeDecember 12, 2020 after 8 am ET
MITDecember 19, 2020 at 3:14 pm ET
New York UniversityDecember 15, 2020
Northeastern UniversityDecember 9, 2020
Northwestern UniversityDecember 18, 2020
Oberlin CollegeDecember 15th
Occidental CollegeDecember 15th
Pomona CollegeJanuary 1, 2020
Princeton UniversityN/A
Rice UniversityDecember 10, 2020 after 5 pm CT
Stanford UniversityDecember 11, 2020 at 4 pm PT
Suffolk UniversityDecember 17 & 22, 2020
Swarthmore CollegeED I: December 15, 2020 at 7 pm ET
Texas Christian University (TCU)EA: December 11, 2020 at 5 pm CT
Tufts UniversityDecember 15, 2020 at 7 pm ET
Tulane UniversityDecember 17, 2020 at 3:30pm CT
University of ChicagoDecember 21, 2020 in the afternoon
University of GeorgiaNov. 20, 2020

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of MiamiED: December 11, 2020
University of MichiganLate January
University of Notre DameDecember 16, 2020 at 6:42 pm ET
University of PennsylvaniaDecember 16, 2020 at 7 pm ET
University of RichmondDecember 15th
University of San FranciscoEA: December 14, 2020
University of Texas at AustinEA: December 12, 2020
University of VermontDecember 17th
University of VirginiaDecember 11, 2020
Vanderbilt UniversityDecember 15, 2020 after 5 pm CT
Villanova UniversityDecember 15, 2020 after 5 pm ET
EA: January 29, 2020
Virginia TechBy December 15th 
Washington & Lee UniversityDecember 16, 2020 at 8 pm ET
Washington University in St. LouisDecember 14, 2020
Wellesley CollegeDecember 12, 2020 at 10 am ET
Wesleyan UniversityED 1: December 12, 2020
William & MaryDecember 7, 2020 at 5 pm ET
Williams CollegeDecember 11, 2020
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteDecember 14, 2020 at 5 pm ET
Yale UniversityDecember 16, 2020 after 5 pm ET

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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