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Colleges Offering Early Decision 2

Early Decision (ED I) policies afford applicants the chance to apply in the fall—typically in early-to-mid November—and receive an admissions decision by around the holiday season. In applying via Early Decision, students are making a binding commitment to a particular university; if they are accepted they are obligated to withdraw all other applications and enroll their ED school. In exchange, students generally receive a boost to their admissions odds, as ED acceptance rates tend to be higher than those in the regular round. In recent years, many selective colleges have instituted a later Early Decision option known as ED 2. Also a binding compact, ED 2 gives students a second chance to pledge their loyalty to an institution in exchange for an increased probability of acceptance. Colleges Transitions’ list of Colleges Offering Early Decision 2 will tell you 1) which schools offer this option 2) the Early Decision (ED) acceptance rate (both rounds) 3) the Regular Decision (RD) acceptance rate and 4) the ED 2 deadline.

* Data collected from institution websites and Common Data Set (CDS) forms.

Table updated July 2020.

InstitutionED Admission RateRD Admission RateED 2 Deadline
American University85%33%January 15
Babson College35%26%January 2
Bates College42%9%January 1
Bennington College51%58%January 15
Bentley UniversityNot Reported43%January 7
Boston University30%18%January 1
Bowdoin College23%7%January 1
Brandeis University37%29%January 1
Bryant University78%58%January 15
Bryn Mawr College52%31%January 1
Bucknell University64%32%January 15
Carleton College26%18%January 15
Case Western Reserve University39%23%January 15
Claremont McKenna College28%8%January 5
Colby College38%11%January 1
Colgate University46%20%January 15
College of the Atlantic81%71%January 15
College of the Holy Cross83%31%January 15
College of William and Mary49%37%January 1
College of Wooster100%53%January 15
Colorado College27%5%January 15
Connecticut College58%36%January 1
Davidson College49%14%January 2
Denison College57%27%January 15
Dickinson College62%39%January 15
Emory University23%15%January 1
Franklin & Marshall College69%28%January 15
George Washington University71%39%January 5
Gettysburg College64%47%January 15
Grinnell College57%22%January 1
Hamilton College41%15%January 1
Harvey Mudd College19%14%January 5
Haverford College44%19%January 1
Hobart and William Smith Colleges86%66%January 15
Kenyon College62%32%January 15
Lafayette College51%30%January 15
Lehigh University66%29%January 1
Macalester College58%31%January 1
Middlebury College45%13%January 1
Mount Holyoke College57%36%January 1
New York University28%14%January 1
Northeastern University37%18%January 1
Oberlin College49%35%January 2
Occidental College49%36%February 1
Pitzer College34%11%January 1
Pomona College15%6%January 8
Reed College48%39%December 20
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute65%47%December 15
Rhodes College66%44%January 15
St. Olaf College76%45%January 8
Santa Clara University68%37%January 7
Sarah Lawrence College66%41%January 2
Scripps College47%31%January 5
Sewanee: The University of the South84%43%January 15
Skidmore College58%28%January 15
Smith College61%30%January 1
Swarthmore College24%8%January 1
Syracuse University58%50%January 1
Trinity College58%31%January 15
Trinity University63%28%January 15
Tufts UniversityNot Reported15%January 1
Tulane University33%1%January 6
Union College61%42%January 15
University of ChicagoDid not report6%January 4
University of Miami48%20%January 1
University of Richmond48%19%January 1
Vanderbilt University20%8%January 1
Vassar College40%22%January 1
Wake Forest University31%29%January 1
Washington and Lee University43%16%January 1
Washington University in St. Louis42%13%January 2
Wellesley College33%20%January 1
Wesleyan University37%15%January 1
Whitman College72%55%January 15
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