Class of 2025 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Tuesday, December 1, 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 the UGA admissions office, 30% of early action admits did not submit an SAT or ACT score.

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 15th
Babson CollegeMid-December
Barnard CollegeMid-December
Bates CollegeDecember 20th (Early Decision I)
Boston CollegeED I: December 3, 2020
Boston UniversityDecember 15
Bowdoin CollegeMid-December
Brandeis UniversityDecember 15
Brown UniversityMid-December
Cal TechMid-December
Carleton CollegeDecember 10, 2020 at 8:00pm CT
Carnegie Mellon UniversityDecember 15th
Columbia UniversityMid-December
Cornell UniversityDecember 12th, 7pm ET
Dartmouth CollegeMid-December
Duke UniversityMid-December
Emerson CollegeMid-December
Emory UniversityDecember 15th
George Mason UniversityMid-December
George WashingtonUniversityLate-December
Georgetown UniversityDecember 15th
Georgia TechEA 1: December 4 at 5 pm ET
Hamilton CollegeDecember 15
Harvard UniversityMid-December
Harvey MuddDecember 15th
Johns Hopkins UniversityDecember 11th
Middlebury CollegeMid-December
New York UniversityDecember 15th
Northwestern UniversityMid-December
Oberlin CollegeDecember 15th
Occidental CollegeDecember 15th
Pomona CollegeBy December 15
Princeton UniversityApril 1st
Rice UniversityMid-December
Stanford UniversityDecember 15th
Suffolk UniversityDecember 17 & 22, 2020
Swarthmore CollegeMid-December
Tufts UniversityMid-December
Tulane UniversityED: Nov. 18, 2020
University of ChicagoMid-December
University of GeorgiaNov. 20, 2020

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of MiamiLate December
University of MichiganLate January
University of Notre DameMid-December
University of PennsylvaniaMid-December 
University of RichmondDecember 15th
University of San FranciscoMid-December
University of Texas at AustinBy February 1
University of VermontDecember 17th
University of VirginiaMid-December
Vanderbilt UniversityDecember 15th
Villanova UniversityBy December 15th
Virginia TechBy December 15th 
Washington & Lee UniversityLate-December 13th
Washington University in St. LouisDecember 15th
Wellesley CollegeMid-December
Wesleyan UniversityED 1: December 12, 2021
William & MaryEarly December
Williams CollegeMid-December
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteDecember 15th
Yale UniversityDec. 15, 2020


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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