Class of 2027 – Ivy League & Elite College Early Decision Acceptance Rates

January 18, 2023

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Welcome to College Transitions’ first look at early round acceptance rates at Ivy League and other highly-selective colleges and universities for the 2022-23 cycle. As of this posting in January of 2023, there are still many schools who have yet to report their early round results. As such, you will see a number of “TBD” designations in the charts below. These will be updated as soon as more Class of 2027 early decision acceptance rates become available.

What follows are two charts, both showing Class of 2027 and Class of 2026 data for the Early Action, Early Decision, and Single Choice Early Action/Restrictive Early Action rounds. One is for Ivy League schools and the other is for additional elite schools who are known for reporting their early acceptance information in a timely manner. We will also highlight trends and notable facts from schools that have reported their present-year acceptance rates.

2027 Ivy League Acceptance Rates ED/SCEA 

School Name #of Early Applicants Accepted for Class of 2027 # of Early Applicants for the Class of 2027 Early Acceptance Rate for Class of 2027 Early Acceptance Rate for Class of 2026
Brown University (ED) 879 6,770 13% 15%
Columbia University (ED) TBD 5,738 TBD 10%
Cornell University (ED) TBD TBD x Not yet reported
Dartmouth College (ED) 528 3,009 19% 20%
Harvard University (SCEA) 722 9,553 7.6% 7.9%
University of Pennsylvania (ED) TBD 8,000+ TBD 16%
Princeton University (SCEA) TBD TBD x N/A
Yale University (SCEA) 776 7,744 10% 11%

Ivy League Early Decision Facts & Trends:


  • 1,286 students — 19% of early decision applicants  — were deferred, and will receive decisions from the University along with regular decision applicants on March 30.
  • This was the largest pool of students to apply early decision to Brown on record, with a 10.2% increase from last year’s number.
  • Last year, the University accepted 14.6% of early decision applicants — 896 total — from a pool of 6,146 applicants,


  • The acceptance rate of 19% is an all-time low for the College’s early decision cohort.
  • Additionally, 17% of accepted applicants came from low-income households and the projected average scholarship this year is $63,600 based on preliminary results — another record high.
  • This year’s ED applicant pool saw a 14% increase in the number of applications compared to last year’s class.


  • The early acceptance rate marks a 0.3 percentage point decline from the Class of 2026
  • This is Harvard College’s second biggest early applicant pool, up from 9,406 for the Class of 2026.
  • Of the applications received, roughly 78 percent of applicants were deferred and 9.5 percent were denied.


  • Of the remaining applications, 21 percent were deferred for reconsideration in the spring, 67 percent were denied admission.
  • The 67 percent of denied applicants is the largest percent of early action rejections since at least the class of 2022.
  • This year marked the lowest acceptance rate in the two-decade history of Yale’s early action program, as well as its second-largest early applicant pool.

Other Highly-Selective Colleges ED/EA Acceptance Rates

School Name #of Early Applicants accepted for Class of 2027 # of Early Applicants for the Class of 2027 Early Acceptance Rate for Class of 2027 ED Acceptance Rate for Class of 2026
Duke University (ED) 800 4,855 16.5% 21%
Emory University (ED1) 903 2,414 37% 37%
Georgia Tech (EA1) 2,577 6,437 40% 39%
Notre Dame (REA) 1,701 11,163 15.2% 17%
MIT (EA) 685 11,924 5.7% 4.7%
University of Virginia (ED) 1,040 4,243 25% 32%
Williams College (ED) 255 943 27% 31%

Highly-Selective Colleges & Universities Early Decision Facts & Trends:


  • This represents a 4.5% decrease from the 21% acceptance rate for the Class of 2026.
  • Of the admitted students, 634 students plan to enroll in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and 166 plan to enroll in the Pratt School of Engineering.
  •  North Carolina, New York, California, Texas and Florida are the states most represented among the Class of 2027’s Early Decision admits.


  • This year, 38% of admitted ED1 Emory College students and 41% of admitted ED1 Oxford students did not submit test scores.
  • In total, 722 Early Decision I (ED1) students were admitted to ECAS and 353 students to Oxford College.
  • Emory College admitted 50 more ED1 students than last year, which is a 7.44% increase.

Georgia Tech

  • Students came from 369 Georgia high schools.
  • 12% were first-generation students.
  • 36% of admitted students will be studying engineering; 12% will concentrate on computer science.

Notre Dame

  • The University is in its third year of a test-optional practice, one which will extend through at least 2024.
  • Students attending 4,601 high schools from 50 states and 126 different countries applied.
  • There was a 15 percent increase over the 9,683 REA applications received in the prior year.


  • 7,892 applicants were deferred.
  • 2,815 students were rejected.
  • 532 withdrew.

University of Virginia

  • The in-state offer rate was 31% compared to 17% for non-resident applicants.
  • 1,166 students were deferred.
  • Applications were up from the 3,474 received in the previous cycle.

Williams College

  • This year’s early acceptance rate, a six-percent decrease from last year’s, is also the lowest on record.
  • The College deferred 144 applicants for early decision — 15.2 percent — for reconsideration during the regular decision process.
  • The College expects to receive between 10,000 and 15,000 additional applications via the regular decision process.

Check back for more updates on Class of 2027 acceptance rate data as it becomes public. You can view additional data on acceptance rate trends on our Dataverse.