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 application decision 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 CollegeEarly to Mid-December
Babson CollegeMid-December
Barnard CollegeMid-December
Bates CollegeED 1: December 20
Boston CollegeED I: December 15
Boston UniversityEarly to Mid-December
Bowdoin CollegeEarly to Mid-December
Brandeis UniversityDecember 15
Brown UniversityEarly to Mid-December
Carleton CollegeDecember 15
Carnegie Mellon UniversityDecember 15
Case Western Reserve UniversityED I: December 4
Colorado CollegeMid-December
Columbia UniversityMid-December
Cornell UniversityMid-December
Dartmouth CollegeMid-December
Davidson CollegeDecember 15
Duke UniversityMid-December
Elon UniversityMid-December
Emerson CollegeMid-December
Emory UniversityDecember 15
Fordham UniversityMid-December
George Mason UniversityDecember 15
George Washington UniversityLate-December
Georgetown UniversityDecember 15
Georgia TechTBA
Hamilton CollegeDecember 15
Harvard UniversityMid-December
Harvey MuddTBA
Johns Hopkins UniversityDecember 11
Lehigh UniversityMid-December
Middlebury CollegeMid-December
New York UniversityDecember 15
Northeastern UniversityDecember 15
Northwestern UniversityMid-December
Oberlin CollegeDecember 15th
Occidental CollegeDecember 15th
Pomona CollegeDecember 15
Princeton UniversityMid-December
Rice UniversityTBD
Stanford UniversityTBA
Suffolk UniversityTBA
Swarthmore CollegeMid-December
Texas Christian University (TCU)TBA
Tufts UniversityMid-December
Tulane UniversityDecember 15
University of ChicagoMid-December
University of GeorgiaDecember 1

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of MiamiLate December
University of MichiganTBA
University of Notre DameTBA
University of PennsylvaniaMid-December
University of RichmondDecember 15th
University of San FranciscoMid-December
University of Texas at AustinFebruary 1
University of VermontLate December
University of VirginiaTBA
Vanderbilt UniversityDecember 15
Villanova UniversityDecember 15
EA: January 29
Virginia TechTBA
Washington & Lee UniversityLate December
Washington University in St. LouisDecember 17
Wellesley CollegeMid-December
Wesleyan UniversityMid-December
William & MaryEarly December
Williams CollegeTBA
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteDecember 15
Yale UniversityMid-December



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