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2020-21 Application Deadlines – First-Year Applicants

With many high school seniors applying to more than a handful of colleges, it is of vital importance that applicants keep track of their prospective institutions’ various deadlines. This can be more challenging than it sounds given that many schools have Early Action, Early Decision, Early Decision II, Priority, and Regular Decision deadlines. Fortunately, College Transitions has compiled all of this information in one, easy-to-navigate table. Listed below are admission deadlines for students planning to enroll in spring or fall 2021.

*Data collected from institutional websites in August 2020.

Table updated August 18, 2020

InstitutionEarly Action DeadlineEarly Decision DeadlineEarly Decision 2 DeadlinePriority DeadlineRegular DeadlineRolling Admissions?
Agnes Scott CollegeNovember 15November 1March 15
American UniversityNovember 15January 15January 15
Amherst CollegeNovember 16January 4
Appalachian State UniversityNovember 1February 1Yes
Arizona State UniversityNovember 1January 15Yes
Auburn UniversityOctober 1February 1Yes
Babson CollegeNovember 1November 1January 2January 2
Bard CollegeNovember 1November 1January 1
Barnard CollegeNovember 1January 1
Bates CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Baylor UniversityNovember 2November 2February 1February 1
Belmont UniversityDecember 1August 1Yes
Beloit CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15
Bentley UniversityNovember 15January 7January 7
Berea CollegeOctober 31November 30March 31
Binghamton University (SUNY)November 1January 15
Boston CollegeNovember 1January 1January 1
Boston UniversityNovember 1January 1January 1
Bowdoin CollegeNovember 15January 5January 5
Bradley UniversityOctober 15December 1February 1Yes
Brandeis UniversityNovember 1January 1January 1
Brigham Young UniversityNovember 2December 15
Brown UniversityNovember 1January 5
Bryant UniversityNovember 15November 1January 15February 1
Bryn Mawr CollegeNovember 15January 1January 15
Bucknell UniversityNovember 15January 15January 15
Butler UniversityNovember 1February 1
Cal Poly, PomonaDecember 4
Cal Poly, San Luis ObispoDecember 4
California Institute of TechnologyNovember 1January 3
California State University - Long BeachDecember 4
California State University - Monterey BayDecember 4
California State University - San MarcosDecember 4
Carleton CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNovember 1January 4
Case Western Reserve UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
Catholic UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
Centre CollegeDecember 1November 15January 15
Chapman UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15
Citadel Military College of South CarolinaYes
Claremont McKenna CollegeNovember 1January 5January 5
Clark UniversityNovember 15November 15January 15January 15
Clarkson UniversityDecember 1January 15
Clemson UniversityDecember 1December 1
Colby CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Colgate UniversityNovember 15January 15January 15
College of CharlestonDecember 1October 15February 15
College of the Holy CrossNovember 15January 15January 15
College of William and MaryNovember 1January 1January 1
Colorado CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
Colorado School of MinesNovember 1January 15
Colorado State UniversityDecember 1February 1Yes
Columbia UniversityNovember 1January 1
Connecticut CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Cooper UnionNovember 1January 5
Cornell UniversityNovember 1January 2
Creighton UniversityNovember 1January 5
CUNY, Baruch CollegeFebruary 1Yes
CUNY, Brooklyn CollegeFebruary 1Yes
CUNY, City CollegeFebruary 1Yes
CUNY, Hunter CollegeFebruary 1Yes
Dartmouth CollegeNovember 1January 2
Davidson CollegeNovember 15January 4January 11
Denison UniversityNovember 15January 15January 15
DePaul UniversityNovember 15February 1
DePauw UniversityDecember 1November 15January 15February 1
Dickinson CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Drake UniversityDecember 1March 1Yes
Drew UniversityDecember 1November 1January 15February 1
Drexel UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15
Duke UniversityNovember 16January 4
Duquesne UniversityDecember 1July 26Yes
Earlham CollegeDecember 1March 1
East Carolina UniversityNovember 25March 1
Eckerd CollegeNovember 15July 10
Elon UniversityNovember 1November 1January 10
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachJanuary 15Yes
Emerson CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15
Emory UniversityNovember 1January 1January 1
Endicott CollegeNovember 1November 1February 15
Eugene Lang College at The New School for Liberal ArtsNovember 1January 15
Fairfield UniversityNovember 1November 15January 15January 15
Flagler CollegeNovember 1March 1
Florida Atlantic UniversityFebruary 15April 15Yes
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNovember 1March 1Yes
Florida Institute of TechnologyYes
Florida State UniversityDecember 1March 1Yes
Fordham UniversityNovember 1November 1January 1
Franklin and Marshall CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringJanuary 1
Furman UniversityDecember 1November 15January 15January 15
George Mason UniversityNovember 1January 15Yes
George Washington UniversityNovember 1January 5January 5
Georgetown UniversityNovember 1January 10
Georgia College & State UniversityOctober 15April 2
Georgia Institute of TechnologyOctober 15January 4
Georgia State UniversityNovember 15March 1Yes
Gettysburg CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Gonzaga UniversityDecember 1February 1
Grinnell CollegeNovember 15January 1January 15
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeNovember 1May 1Yes
Hamilton CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Hampshire CollegeDecember 1November 15January 1January 15
Harvard UniversityNovember 1January 1
Harvey Mudd CollegeNovember 15January 5January 5
Haverford CollegeNovember 15January 1January 15
High Point UniversityNovember 15November 2February 1March 1
Hobart and William Smith CollegesNovember 15January 15February 1
Hofstra UniversityNovember 15July 28Yes
Howard UniversityNovember 1November 1February 15
Illinois Institute of TechnologyNovember 15August 1Yes
Indiana University BloomingtonNovember 1February 1
Iowa State UniversityJuly 21Yes
Ithaca CollegeDecember 1November 1February 1
James Madison UniversityNovember 1January 15
Johns Hopkins UniversityNovember 2January 4January 4
Kalamazoo CollegeNovember 1November 1February 1January 15
Kansas State UniversityDecember 1Yes
Kenyon CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Knox CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15
Lafayette CollegeNovember 15February 1January 15
Lake Forest CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15February 15
Lawrence UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15
Lehigh UniversityNovember 1January 1January 1
Lewis & Clark CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15
London School of EconomicsJanuary 15
Louisiana State UniversityDecember 15February 1
Loyola Marymount UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15
Loyola University ChicagoFebruary 1Yes
Loyola University MarylandNovember 15January 15
Macalester CollegeNovember 1November 1January 1January 15
Maine Maritime AcademyNovember 30March 1
Manhattan CollegeNovember 15July 28
Marist CollegeNovember 15November 15February 1February 1
Marquette UniversityDecember 1Yes
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNovember 1January 1
McGill UniversityJanuary 15
Miami University-OxfordDecember 1December 1February 1
Michigan State UniversityNovember 1February 1
Middlebury CollegeNovember 1January 1January 1
Mills CollegeNovember 15January 15
Milwaukee School of EngineeringYes
Mississippi State UniversityYes
Morehouse CollegeNovember 1November 1February 1
Mount Holyoke CollegeNovember 16January 4January 15
Muhlenberg CollegeNovember 15February 1February 1
New College of FloridaDecember 2April 15
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNovember 15March 1
New York UniversityNovember 1January 1January 5
North Carolina State University at RaleighNovember 1January 15
Northeastern UniversityNovember 1November 1January 1January 1
Northwestern UniversityNovember 1January 3
Norwich UniversityFebruary 1
Oberlin CollegeNovember 15January 2January 15
Occidental CollegeNovember 15February 1January 10
Ohio State University-Main CampusNovember 15February 1
Ohio UniversityNovember 15February 1Yes
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityDecember 1November 15March 1
Oregon State UniversityFebruary 1Yes
Penn State UniversityNovember 1December 1Yes
Pepperdine UniversityNovember 1January 15
Pitzer CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityNovember 15February 15
Pomona CollegeNovember 15January 8January 8
Princeton UniversityJanuary 1
Providence CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
Purdue UniversityNovember 1January 15
Quinnipiac UniversityNovember 15November 1February 1
Ramapo College of New JerseyDecember 15November 1February 1
Reed CollegeNovember 15November 15December 20January 15
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteDecember 1November 1December 15January 15
Rhodes CollegeNovember 15November 1January 15January 15
Rice UniversityNovember 1January 1
Rochester Institute of TechnologyNovember 1January 1January 15
Roger Williams UniversityNovember 15February 1
Rollins CollegeNovember 15January 5February 1
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyNovember 1February 1
Rutgers UniversityNovember 1December 1Yes
Saint Joseph's University (PA)November 15November 15January 15February 1
Saint Louis UniversityDecember 1Yes
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaNovember 15January 15
Samford UniversityDecember 1Yes
San Diego State UniversityDecember 4
San Francisco State UniversityDecember 4
San Jose State UniversityDecember 4
Santa Clara UniversityNovember 1November 1January 7January 7
Sarah Lawrence UniversityNovember 1November 1January 2January 15
Scripps CollegeNovember 15January 5January 5
Seattle UniversityNovember 15January 15
Seton Hall UniversityNovember 15March 1
Sewanee - University of the SouthDecember 1November 15January 15February 1
Skidmore CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Smith CollegeNovember 15January 1January 15
Southern Methodist UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
Spelman CollegeNovember 15November 1February 1
St. John's College (MD)November 15November 1Yes
St. John's College (NM)November 15November 1Yes
St. Lawrence UniversityNovember 1February 1
St. Mary's College of MarylandNovember 1November 1January 15
St. Olaf CollegeNovember 15November 15January 15
Stanford UniversityNovember 1January 2
Stetson UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15March 1
Stevens Institute of TechnologyNovember 15January 15January 15
Stony Brook University (SUNY)January 15Yes
SUNY Maritime CollegeDecember 2April 15
Swarthmore CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Syracuse UniversityNovember 15January 1
Temple UniversityNovember 1February 1
Texas A & M University - College StationDecember 1
Texas Christian UniversityNovember 1November 1February 1
Texas Tech UniversityDecember 1Yes
The College of New JerseyNovember 1January 1February 1
The College of WoosterNovember 15November 1January 15February 15
Towson UniversityDecember 1December 1January 15
Trinity CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Trinity UniversityNovember 1November 1February 1February 1
Truman State UniversityMarch 15Yes
Tufts UniversityNovember 1January 1January 1
Tulane UniversityNovember 15November 1January 15
Union CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
United States Air Force AcademyJanuary 31
United States Coast Guard AcademyJanuary 15
United States Merchant Marine AcademyFebruary 1
United States Military AcademyJanuary 31
United States Naval AcademyJanuary 31
University at Albany (SUNY)November 15February 1Yes
University at Buffalo (SUNY)November 15February 1Yes
University of AlabamaFebruary 1May 1Yes
University of ArizonaMay 1Yes
University of ArkansasNovember 15July 26Yes
University of British ColumbiaJanuary 15
University of California, BerkeleyNovember 30
University of California, DavisNovember 30
University of California, IrvineNovember 30
University of California, Los AngelesNovember 30
University of California, MercedNovember 30
University of California, RiversideNovember 30
University of California, San DiegoNovember 30
University of California, Santa BarbaraNovember 30
University of California, Santa CruzNovember 30
University of CambridgeOctober 15
University of Central FloridaMay 1
University of ChicagoNovember 2November 2January 4January 4
University of CincinnatiDecember 1March 1Yes
University of Colorado BoulderNovember 15January 15
University of ConnecticutDecember 1January 15
University of DaytonNovember 1February 1
University of DelawareNovember 1January 15
University of DenverNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
University of EdinburghJanuary 15
University of FloridaNovember 1
University of GeorgiaOctober 15January 1
University of Hawaii at ManoaJanuary 5March 15Yes
University of HoustonNovember 1May 31Yes
University of Illinois at ChicagoNovember 1February 1Yes
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNovember 15January 5
University of IowaMay 1Yes
University of KansasNovember 1May 1Yes
University of KentuckyDecember 1February 15
University of LouisvilleYes
University of MaineDecember 1March 1Yes
University of Mary WashingtonNovember 15November 1February 1
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyNovember 1February 1
University of Maryland, College ParkNovember 1January 20
University of Massachusetts AmherstNovember 5January 15
University of MiamiNovember 1November 1January 1January 1
University of MichiganNovember 15February 1
University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesNovember 1January 1
University of MississippiJanuary 5March 1Yes
University of MissouriNovember 15Yes
University of NebraskaJune 1Yes
University of New HampshireNovember 15February 1Yes
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNovember 15January 15February 1
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillOctober 15January 15
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNovember 1February 1Yes
University of North Carolina at GreensboroDecember 1March 1Yes
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonNovember 1February 1
University of North TexasFebruary 1March 1Yes
University of Notre DameNovember 1January 1
University of OklahomaNovember 1December 15February 1Yes
University of OregonNovember 1January 15Yes
University of OxfordOctober 15
University of PennsylvaniaNovember 1January 5
University of PittsburghDecember 1Yes
University of PortlandNovember 15January 15
University of RedlandsNovember 15November 15January 15
University of Rhode IslandDecember 1February 1
University of RichmondNovember 1November 1January 1January 1
University of RochesterNovember 1January 5January 5
University of San DiegoDecember 15
University of San FranciscoNovember 1November 1January 15
University of South CarolinaOctober 15December 1
University of South FloridaNovember 1November 1March 1Yes
University of Southern CaliforniaDecember 1January 15
University of St. Andrew'sJanuary 15May 1
University of TampaNovember 15March 1
University of TennesseeNovember 2December 15Yes
University of Texas at AustinNovember 1December 1
University of Texas at DallasDecember 1May 1Yes
University of the PacificNovember 15January 15
University of TorontoNovember 7January 15
University of TulsaNovember 1February 1
University of UtahDecember 1February 1April 1
University of VermontNovember 1January 15
University of VirginiaNovember 1November 1January 1
University of WashingtonNovember 15
University of Wisconsin - MadisonNovember 1February 1
Vanderbilt UniversityNovember 1January 1December 1January 1
Vassar CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Villanova UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNovember 1January 15Yes
Virginia Military InstituteNovember 15February 1
Virginia TechDecember 1November 1January 15
Wabash CollegeDecember 1November 15January 15
Wake Forest UniversityNovember 15January 1January 1
Washington and Lee UniversityNovember 1January 1January 1
Washington State UniversityJanuary 31Yes
Washington University in St. LouisNovember 1January 2January 2
Wellesley CollegeNovember 1January 1January 8
Wesleyan UniversityNovember 15January 1January 1
Wheaton College (IL)October 15February 15
Wheaton College (MA)November 15November 15January 15January 15
Whitman CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Williams CollegeNovember 15January 8
Wofford CollegeNovember 15November 1January 15
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNovember 1Novmeber 1January 15February 15
Yale UniversityNovember 1January 1
Yeshiva UniversityJanuary 20
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