Early Action and Early Decision vs. Regular Decision Admission Rates

Here’s a fact that may surprise you—college admissions offices will be sweating every bit as much as college applicants during this college application season. While anxiety-filled students are praying for acceptance into their first-choices schools, equally nervous admissions directors are trying desperately to ensure that they meet their enrollment targets in the spring. Amazingly, the majority of colleges fail to meet this goal and they are pining for strong candidates that are willing to commit to their school. This is why applying early decision, which is binding, can be a strategic advantage for applicants. Below you will find the ED acceptance rates and regular decision acceptance rates for some of the most prestigious schools in the United States. Where applicable, we included non-binding, early action admission rates as well.

*Data collected from 2020-21 Common Data Set (CDS) forms and institution websites, and indicates admission outcomes for students entering in Fall 2020, the most recent year for which data is made available.

InstitutionED Admission RateEA Admission RateRegular Admission Rate (Excluding EA and ED)Admission Rate (Overall)
Albion College85%68%75%
Alfred University94%64%64%
Allegheny College45%87%63%73%
American University83%36%39%AU
Amherst College39%11%12%
Assumption College92%91%65%81%
Augustana College64%86%38%57%
Babson College35%24%28%27%
Barnard College26%12%14%
Bates College46%10%14%
Beloit College86%72%48%58%
Bennington College41%72%55%60%
Bentley UniversityNot Reported56%58%
Berry College91%67%77%
Binghamton University60%32%43%
Boston College39%17%19%BC
Boston University33%19%20%BU
Bowdoin College22%7%9%
Brandeis University46%33%34%
Brown University18%6%8%
Bryant University86%96%57%76%
Bryn Mawr College48%37%38%
Bucknell University55%36%38%
Butler University88%46%76%
Canisius College79%75%76%
Carleton College28%20%21%
Carnegie Mellon University25%17%17%CMU
Case Western Reserve University38%Not ReportedNot Reported30%
Catholic University of America67%89%74%82%
Centre College77%85%53%72%
Chapman University56%71%50%58%
Christopher Newport University86%85%60%76%
Claremont McKenna College35%10%13%CMC
Clark UniversityNot ReportedNot ReportedNot Reported47%
Clarkson University92%78%78%
Colby College10%10%
Colgate University45%25%27%
College of Charleston85%81%63%74%CofC
College of Saint Benedict91%72%84%
College of the Holy Cross76%35%38%
College of William and Mary51%41%42%
Colorado College24%15%10%14%CC
Colorado State University87%72%84%CSU
Columbia University17%5%6%
Connecticut College49%37%38%
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art26%17%18%
Cornell College91%79%82%
Cornell University24%9%11%
Creighton University82%71%77%
Dartmouth College26%7%9%
Davidson College47%16%20%
Denison University45%27%28%
DePauw University85%81%54%68%
Dickinson College71%50%52%
Drexel University84%92%66%77%
Duke University17%4%8%
Earlham College70%51%59%
Elon University90%68%80%72%
Emory University27%18%19%
Endicott College88%84%55%70%
Fairfield University82%58%51%56%
Florida Southern College80%50%50%
Fordham University58%56%49%53%
Franklin and Marshall College56%35%37%F&M
Furman University72%74%48%65%
George Mason University90%88%89%GMU
George Washington University65%42%43%GWU; GW
Georgetown University11%20%17%
Georgia Institute of Technology28%14%21%Georgia Tech
Gettysburg College62%0%48%
Grinnell College65%17%19%
Hamilton College46%16%18%
Hanover College76%52%69%
Harvard University14%3%5%
Harvey Mudd College23%17%18%HMC
Haverford College46%15%18%
Hendrix College79%59%71%
High Point University84%86%52%77%
Hillsdale College48%35%36%
Hobart William Smith Colleges82%61%62%HWS
Hofstra University78%58%69%
Howard University38%55%30%39%
Illinois Wesleyan University72%44%57%
Ithaca College88%94%64%76%
James Madison University77%85%80%JMU
John Carroll University94%80%88%
Johns Hopkins University29%8%9%JHU
Kalamazoo College76%84%64%74%
Kenyon College62%35%37%
Kettering University84%54%74%
Knox College58%84%60%71%
Lafayette College51%34%36%
Lake Forest College42%65%47%58%
Lawrence University58%83%58%69%
Lehigh University73%47%50%
Lewis & Clark College93%88%75%81%
Linfield College-McMinnville Campus99%70%80%
Louisiana State University73%73%LSU
Loyola Marymount University42%62%42%50%LMU
Loyola University Maryland88%67%80%
Macalester College60%38%39%
Marist College84%56%52%55%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%7%7%MIT
McDaniel College54%81%81%
Mercer University90%69%78%
Merrimack College85%82%82%
Miami University98%98%74%92%MU
Middlebury College47%20%22%
Millsaps College96%66%70%
Monmouth University85%71%79%
Montclair State University83%83%83%
Mount Holyoke College67%51%52%MHC
Muhlenberg College80%61%62%
New York UniversityNot ReportedNot Reported21%NYU
North Carolina State University47%44%46%NCSU; NC STATE
Northeastern University38%Not Reported20%
Northwestern University25%7%9%
Oberlin College44%35%35%
Occidental College52%40%41%OXY
Ohio State University79%49%68%OSU
Ohio University82%99%87%OU
Ohio Wesleyan University53%87%55%68%OWU
Pennsylvania State University - University Park68%48%54%PSU; PENN STATE
Pitzer College37%14%17%
Presbyterian College87%62%71%
Princeton University15%4%6%
Providence College85%59%41%54%
Quinnipiac University76%82%82%
Ramapo College of New Jersey95%77%53%67%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute70%96%55%57%RPI
Rhode Island School of Design42%26%27%RISD
Rhodes College65%51%51%
Rice University20%10%11%
Roanoke College97%78%78%
Rochester Institute of Technology87%73%74%RIT
Roger Williams University92%78%86%
Rollins College50%62%61%
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology83%65%77%
Saint Johns University87%74%81%SJU
Saint Joseph's University69%92%61%80%SJU
Saint Louis University56%56%
Saint Mary's College73%82%82%
Saint Mary's College of California78%75%77%
Saint Michael's College93%74%88%
Salisbury University78%86%63%78%
Salve Regina University73%77%75%
Santa Clara University69%71%37%51%SCU
Sarah Lawrence College79%67%46%55%
Scripps College50%34%35%
Simmons University90%72%83%
Skidmore College60%30%32%
Smith College65%34%37%
Soka University of America50%52%52%
Southern Methodist University65%56%43%53%SMU
Southwestern University78%64%38%49%
Spelman College29%70%41%53%
St Lawrence University83%46%47%
St Olaf College48%51%51%
St. John's College (MD)100%76%51%61%
St. John's College (NM)96%89%56%69%
St. Mary's College of Maryland95%90%66%79%
Stanford UniversityNot ReportedNot Reported5%
Stetson University87%74%81%
Stevens Institute of Technology56%53%53%Stevens Tech
Suffolk University96%80%86%
SUNY at Purchase College90%70%74%
SUNY College at Geneseo87%61%61%
Swarthmore College24%8%9%
Syracuse University56%70%69%SU
Temple University86%61%71%
Texas Christian University58%70%26%48%
The College of New Jersey79%50%51%
The College of Wooster63%81%48%65%TCNJ
The University of the South65%76%35%56%Sewanee
Towson University79%79%
Transylvania University92%92%
Trinity College60%34%36%
Trinity University66%70%16%34%
Tufts UniversityNot ReportedNot Reported16%
Tulane University23%15%1%11%
Union College64%62%29%41%
University at Buffalo85%61%67%
University of Arkansas87%52%78%
University of Colorado Boulder97%64%84%CU Boulder
University of Dallas51%61%54%
University of Dayton90%64%81%
University of Denver43%88%41%61%
University of Illinois at Chicago85%63%73%UIC
University of Mary Washington80%74%74%
University of Maryland, Baltimore County50%100%69%UMC
University of Maryland, College Park59%18%49%UMD
University of Massachusetts Amherst71%59%65%UMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts Lowell91%65%75%UMass Lowell
University of Miami52%41%22%33%UM
University of North Carolina at Asheville82%79%79%UNC Asheville; UNCA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill30%11%24%UNC Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte87%65%80%UNCC: UNC Charlotte
University of Notre Dame24%17%19%UND
University of Pennsylvania19%7%9%UPenn
University of Rhode Island91%49%76%URI
University of Richmond58%34%23%31%
University of Rochester37%35%35%URI
University of San Francisco52%78%67%70%USF
University of Scranton86%71%80%
University of Vermont81%56%71%UVM
University of Virginia-Main Campus34%21%24%23%UVA
Ursinus College79%91%70%80%
Vanderbilt University21%10%12%Vandy
Vassar College47%24%25%
Villanova University58%25%36%31%
Virginia Military Institute78%55%60%VMI
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University58%77%40%67%Virginia Tech
Wagner College93%65%70%
Wake Forest University34%32%32%WFU
Warren Wilson College94%94%80%85%
Washington & Jefferson College78%95%86%90%
Washington and Lee University53%21%24%WLU
Washington University in St. Louis35%14%16%WashU
Wayne State University4%69%68%
Wellesley College39%18%20%
Wesleyan University41%19%21%
Western Washington University97%92%94%
Westmont College83%60%70%
Wheaton College (MA)76%90%67%77%
Whitman College59%54%54%
Whittier College79%68%72%
Whitworth University93%82%91%
Willamette University82%86%75%80%
Williams College39%13%15%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute72%32%59%WPI
Yale University11%3%7%
Yeshiva University66%68%67%
Pomona College14%9%9%
University of Arkansas87%52%78%
Hendrix College79%59%71%

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