Class of 2026 Early Decision Notification Dates

Monday, October 25, 2021

class of 2024 early decision notification datesEarly Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2021-22 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!

Much like last year, this year’s college admissions cycle has been characterized by several changes brought about by the 0ngoing COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps most notably, many colleges are still utilizing a test-optional admissions policy due to prior SAT/ACT cancellations. In-person touring options are also limited at some institutions and students will once again have the opportunity to discuss how the pandemic impacted their admissions process in the Common App’s optional section. However, despite these differences, 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 2026. For example, last year, 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 were not obligated to attend like those who applied ED and were admitted for fall 2021, their decision was final and they wouldn’t be able to switch their enrollment to the fall 2021 term. This is one sign that colleges might be approaching the decision and enrollment process a little differently in order to manage their yield (the percentage of admitted students who enroll).

During a second 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 has really been. 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 around December 15. 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 the early decision application notification dates for the Class of 2026. 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.” 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!


SchoolEarly Decision Notification Date
Amherst CollegeED: December 10, 2021
Babson CollegeED: December 15, 2021 at 4pm ET
Barnard CollegeED: December 14, 2021 at 6:30pm ET
Bates CollegeED I: December 20
Boston CollegeED I: December 2, 2021 in the evening
Boston UniversityED: December 14, 2021
Bowdoin CollegeED I: December 10, 2021 at 7pm ET
Brandeis UniversityDecember 15
Brown UniversityED: December 16, 2021 at 7pm ET
Bucknell UniversityTBA
Carleton CollegeDecember 15
Carnegie Mellon UniversityDecember 15
Case Western Reserve UniversityED I: December 11, 2021 at 12pm ET
Colby CollegeTBA
Colgate UniversityED I: December 13, 2021

ED II: February 21, 2021 at 7pm ET

Colorado CollegeMid-December
Columbia UniversityED: December 14, 2021 at 7pm ET
Cornell UniversityED: December 13, 2021 at 7pm ET
Dartmouth CollegeED: December 10, 2021 at 5pm ET
Davidson CollegeDecember 15
Duke UniversityED: December 16, 2021 at 7pm ET
Elon UniversityMid-December
Emerson CollegeMid-December
Emory UniversityED I: December 15, 2021 at 6pm ET
Fordham UniversityEarly to Mid-December
George Mason UniversityDecember 15
George Washington UniversityED: December 16, 2021
Georgetown UniversityEA: December 13, 2021
Georgia TechEA I: December 11, 2021 at 12pm ET
EA II: January 29, 2022
Hamilton CollegeDecember 15
Harvard UniversityREA: December 16, 2021 at 7pm ET
Harvey MuddTBA
Johns Hopkins UniversityED I: December 10, 2021 at 3pm ET
ED II: February 11, 2021 at 3pm ET
Lafayette CollegeED: December 15, 2021 at 4pm ET
Lehigh UniversityTBA
Middlebury CollegeMid-December
MITEA: December 18, 2021 at 3:14pm ET
New York UniversityDecember 15, 2021
Northeastern UniversityED I: December 8, 2021
Northwestern UniversityED: December 17, 2021
Oberlin CollegeDecember 15
Occidental CollegeDecember 15
Pomona CollegeED: December 15, 2021
Princeton UniversitySCEA: December 16, 2021 at 7pm ET
Rice UniversityED 1: December 9 after 5pm CT
Stanford UniversityREA: December 15, 2021 at 4pm ET
Suffolk UniversityTBA
Swarthmore CollegeED I: December 14, 2021 at 7pm ET
Texas Christian University (TCU)TBA
Trinity CollegeTBA
Tufts UniversityED I: December 14, 2021
Tulane UniversityED: November 22, 2021 at 5pm ET
EA: December 20, 2021 at 5pm ET
University of ChicagoDecember 17, 2021
University of GeorgiaNovember 19, 2021

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


University of Massachusetts Amherst

Released first batch of EA decisions on December 7
University of MiamiED: December 10, 2021
University of MichiganTBA
University of Notre DameREA: December 16, 2021 at 6:42 p.m. ET
University of PennsylvaniaED: December 16, 2021 at 7pm ET
University of RichmondDecember 15th
University of San FranciscoMid-December
University of Texas at AustinFebruary 1
University of VermontLate December
University of VirginiaED: December 10, 2021
EA: February 4, 2022 in the evening
Vanderbilt UniversityDecember 15, 2021 after 5pm CT
Villanova UniversityED I: December 15, 2021 by 5pm EST
Virginia TechED: December 10, 2021 at 5pm ET
Washington & Lee UniversityED I: December 15, 2021 at 8pm ET
Washington University in St. LouisED I: December 9, 2021
Wellesley CollegeMid-December
Wesleyan UniversityMid-December
William & MaryED I: December 8, 2021
Williams CollegeED: December 10, 2021 in the evening
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteDecember 15, 2021 at 5pm ET
Yale UniversityDecember 15, 2021 in the evening



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