Early Action/Decision vs. Regular Decision Admission Rates

Early Action/Decision vs. Regular Decision Admission Rates

The following table compares Early Action/Decision vs. Regular Decision admission rates at America’s most selective colleges and universities. Data was collected from the College Board and institutional websites.
EA=Early Action
ED=Early Decision
RD=Regular Decision

College EA Acceptance Rate ED Acceptance Rate RD Acceptance Rate
Amherst College 35% 13%
Bates College 42% 23%
Boston College 41% 32%
Boston University 42% 34%
Bowdoin College 28% 13%
Brandeis University 41% 35%
Brown University 18% 8%
Bucknell University 53% 23%
California Institute of Technology 19% 9%
Carleton College 37% 21%
Carnegie Mellon University 33% 24%
Claremont McKenna College 27% 9%
Colby College 50% 26%
Colgate University 44% 24%
College of William and Mary 50% 27%
Columbia University 20% 6%
Cornell University 28% 12%
Dartmouth College 28% 10%
Davidson College 41% 19%
Duke University 26% 10%
Emory University 39% 25%
Georgetown University 20% 16%
Georgia Institute of Technology 31% 35%
Grinnell College 52% 27%
Hamilton College 36% 25%
Harvard University 21% 3%
Harvey Mudd College 17% 14%
Haverford College 49% 23%
Johns Hopkins University 33% 9%
Macalester College 51% 36%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 9% 7%
Middlebury College 33% 15%
New York University 34% 36%
Northwestern University 35% 11%
Pomona College 19% 11%
Princeton University 19% 5%
Rice University 20% 15%
Smith College 58% 41%
Stanford University 11% 4%
Swarthmore College 36% 15%
Tufts University 39% 15%
Tulane University 39% 14%
University of Chicago 12% 7%
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 32% 17%
University of Notre Dame 36% 14%
University of Pennsylvania 25% 8%
University of Richmond 39% 31%
University of Rochester 69% 36%
Vanderbilt University 23% 12%
Vassar College 43% 21%
Wake Forest University 48% 33%
Washington and Lee University 41% 17%
Washington University in St. Louis 42% 16%
Wellesley College 42% 25%
Wesleyan University 45% 22%
Williams College 43% 17%
Yale University 16% 5%

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