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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 admission rates and regular decision 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 2019-20 Common Data Set (CDS) forms and institution websites, and indicates admission outcomes for students entering in Fall 2019, the most recent year for which data is made available.

Table updated August 18, 2020

InstitutionEarly Action Admission RateEarly Decision Admission RateRegular Decision Admission Rate
Adelphi University84%68%
Agnes Scott College80%65%
Albion College82%57%
Allegheny College87%18%49%
American University85%33%
Amherst College36%10%
Augustana College (IL)90%56%
Babson College25%35%26%
Bard College89%65%
Barnard College24%10%
Bates College42%9%
Baylor University88%45%
Beloit College56%62%
Bennington College67%51%58%
Binghamton University64%27%
Boston College37%24%BC
Boston University30%18%BU
Bowdoin College23%7%
Brandeis University37%29%
Brown University18%6%
Bryant University86%78%58%
Bryn Mawr College52%31%
Bucknell University64%32%
California Institute of Technology10%5%caltech
Carleton College26%18%
Carnegie Mellon University19%15%cmu
Case Western Reserve University32%39%23%
Catholic University93%81%77%
Centre College88%76%
Chapman University59%56%
Claremont McKenna College28%8%
Clark University63%53%
Clarkson University83%71%
Colby College38%11%
Colgate University46%20%
College of Charleston83%82%69%
College of New Jersey, The65%48%
College of St. Benedict85%64%
College of the Atlantic81%71%
College of the Holy Cross83%31%
College of William & Mary49%37%
Colorado College19%27%5%
Colorado State University86%70%
Columbia University18%4%
Connecticut College58%36%
Cooper Union26%14%
Cornell College73%57%
Cornell University23%9%
Creighton University87%56%
Dartmouth College23%6%
Davidson College49%14%
Denison University57%27%
DePauw University92%64%
Dickinson College62%39%
Drew University80%71%
Drexel University92%82%65%
Duke University15%7%
Earlham College74%63%
Elon University73%88%92%
Emory University23%15%
Fairfield University59%78%53%
Fordham University54%40%
Franklin & Marshall College69%28%
Furman University64%85%41%
George Mason University92%81%
George Washington University71%39%
Georgetown University12%18%
Georgia Institute of Technology20%21%
Gettysburg College64%47%
Goucher College96%81%
Grinnell College57%22%
Hamilton College41%15%
Harvard University13%3%
Harvey Mudd College19%13%
Haverford College43%13%
High Point University81%76%61%
Hobart and William Smith Colleges86%64%
Hofstra University77%59%
Hollins University78%91%65%
Howard University51%36%29%
Illinois Wesleyan University77%45%
Ithaca College94%73%
Juniata College84%90%60%
Kalamazoo College87%74%66%
Kenyon College62%32%
Kettering University82%52%
Knox College82%47%58%
Lafayette College51%30%
Lawrence University86%71%49%
Lehigh University66%29%
Lewis & Clark College84%84%64%
Loyola Marymount University62%44%33%
Macalester College58%31%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%6%mit
Miami University87%80%
Middlebury College45%13%
Mount Holyoke College57%36%
New College of Florida86%100%68%
New York University28%14%nyu
North Carolina State University47%40%nc state
Northeastern University37%18%
Northwestern University25%7%
Oberlin College49%35%
Occidental College49%36%
Oglethorpe University78%58%
Ohio State University64%35%OSU
Ohio University82%77%
Old Dominion University87%93%odu
Penn State UniversityNot Reported
Pitzer College34%11%
Pomona College15%6%
Princeton University14%5%
Providence College81%46%
Ramapo College of New Jersey93%65%
Reed College48%39%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute65%47%
Rhodes College66%44%
Rice University16%8%
Rollins College58%58%
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology80%63%
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame88%81%
Saint Michael's College89%68%
Santa Clara University61%68%37%
Sarah Lawrence College74%66%41%
Scripps College47%31%
Sewanee - University of the South82%84%43%
Simmons University85%56%
Skidmore College58%28%
Smith College61%30%
Southern Methodist University65%47%SMU
Southwestern University66%26%37%
Spelman College60%40%33%
St. John's College (MD)81%49%
St. John's College (NM)98%54%
St. John's University (MN)84%63%
St. Joseph's University88%58%57%
St. Lawrence University74%41%
St. Mary's College of Maryland94%89%74%
St. Olaf College76%45%
Stonehill College85%88%52%
SUNY, Geneseo84%65%
SUNY, Oswego76%48%
SUNY, Polytechnic Institute94%59%
Susquehanna University85%56%85%
Swarthmore College24%8%
Texas Christian University62%51%28%tcu
The College of Wooster100%53%
Towson University81%62%
Trinity College (CT)58%31%
Trinity University63%63%28%
Tufts UniversityNot Reported15%
Tulane University17%33%1%
Union College61%42%
University at Buffalo (SUNY)77%56%
University of ChicagoNot Reported6%
University of Dayton67%83%
University of Denver37%59%
University of Mary Washington90%74%
University of Massachusetts Amherst75%53%
University of Miami32%48%20%
University of MichiganNot Reportedumich
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill28%12%unc
University of Notre Dame26%12%
University of Pennsylvania18%6%Penn
University of Puget Sound81%84%
University of Redlands70%70%77%
University of Rhode Island86%51%
University of Richmond33%48%19%
University of Rochester33%29%
University of San Francisco73%33%61%
University of Scranton83%66%
University of Vermont77%49%
University of Virginia26%21%uva
Ursinus College92%93%70%
Vanderbilt University20%8%vandy
Vassar College40%22%
Villanova University56%27%
Virginia Military Institute68%56%
Virginia Tech85%44%73%
Wabash College68%91%50%
Wake Forest University31%29%wfu
Washington & Lee University43%16%
Washington University in St. Louis42%13%
Wayne State University8%74%
Wellesley College33%20%
Wesleyan University37%15%
Westmont College69%59%
Wheaton College (IL)79%93%
Wheaton College (MA)84%80%67%
Whitman College72%55%
Willamette University71%78%
Williams College37%11%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute64%22%wpi
Yale University14%5%