Early Action Deadlines for Every College With EA



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If you’re in the midst of college application season, then you know it’s time to take action. For some of you, that might be

early

action, which pushes your deadlines up a couple months.


This guide has the complete list of colleges that offer early action

, along with advice on the best way to prepare for an early deadline. Before getting to the list, though, let’s go over the ins and outs of the early action admission plan.

What You Need to Know About Early Action


Many schools offer the option of

early action

. This plan means that you’ll both

apply earlier

than the regular deadline and

find out earlier

whether or not you got accepted.

The most common deadlines for early action are

November 1 and November 15

. These deadlines are not flexible; you must get all your materials, including

recommendation letters

and

test scores

, to the school by the stated deadline.

Since you apply early, you’ll also be notified of your admissions decision early. The most common notification date is in

mid-December

, so you should find out whether you were accepted, denied, or deferred before you go on winter break.

The

possibility of having your application deferred

is another unique feature of applying early action. If the early applicant pool is particularly competitive, then the admissions committee might push your application into the regular decision pool and review it again in January or February. If you get deferred and are very interested in the school, you could

call its admissions office

and ask if there’s anything else you can send to strengthen your application before its next review.

Unlike early decision,

early action is not binding

. You should have until the

national response deadline of May 1

to tell your school whether you’ll be attending or not. That means that you can still compare admissions and financial aid offers from other colleges—even if you applied to them

regular decision

—before accepting an offer and sending in your deposit.

There is one circumstance for which early action has a restriction, though. Some schools, including

Harvard

,

Yale

,

Princeton

, and

Stanford

, offer only a

restrictive or single-choice early action plan

. Restrictive early action plans do not obligate you to accept an offer of admission, but they

do

mean that you can’t apply to any other schools early action.

For most other colleges and universities, you can apply early to as many schools as you want. But

if you’re

applying to Harvard

early action, you can’t apply early action anywhere else

; rather, you have to wait until the regular decision deadlines for your other schools.

Given that early action deadlines are typically in November, what does this mean for

your college application timeline?

Your Timeline for Applying Early Action


There’s no point applying early action if you don’t have a strong application to send. If you want to apply early, you’ll need to

prepare all your application materials before the November deadline

. There are a bunch of moving parts when it comes to applying to college, so it’s best to start the process months or even a year in advance.

Read on for suggestions about how to plan out all major parts of your college application, from your SAT/ACT dates and recommendation letters to your official transcript and essays.

Schedule Your SAT or ACT Test Dates

Students almost always improve their scores when they

retake the SAT/ACT

and study in-between each test administration. If you’re applying early action, the


October SAT test date

will likely be your last opportunity to take it

.


SAT scores

are typically released within two weeks after you take the test. Fall test dates could be risky in case of delays, and you

wouldn’t really have time to see these scores before deciding whether or not to send them

. Ideally, you’d be finished testing before this October test date if you’re applying early action.

Your

last opportunity to take the ACT would likely be the

September test date (although in 2020 October test dates have been added that also work)


, assuming your scores become available in time. Again, if you’re applying early action, you will feel less pressure if you’re already all set with your test scores by the fall of your senior year.

You might

take the SAT

/

ACT for the first time

in the spring of your sophomore year. You could then take it a second time in the fall of your junior year and (if needed)

a third time in the spring of or summer after your junior year

. Alternatively, you could take it first in the fall of your junior year and then again in the spring and/or summer.

If, after all these attempts, you still see room for improvement in your SAT/ACT scores, you’d have one

last opportunity to test in the fall of your senior year

.

Make sure that your score recipients are up to date in your College Board or ACT, Inc. account

, since your official score reports will need to arrive by the deadline.

Ask Early for Your Letters of Recommendation and Transcript

Another important consideration is your

letters of recommendation

. You want to

ask at least a month before you deadlines

. This means that you should ask by October 1 if your early action deadline is November 1.

It’s a good idea to ask your junior-year teachers at the end of your junior year, as your academic work will be fresh in their minds and they’ll have the whole summer to work on your rec letters.

Since your guidance office handles sending out your


official transcript



, make this request


a month in advance of deadlines

as well.

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Work On Your Essays Over the Summer

You also should start thinking about and drafting

your personal essay

and any other

supplemental essays

, over the summer before your senior year. You don’t want to write your personal essay in a day! It’s a very important part of your application that

you should spend weeks to months on

.

Start by reading the essay prompts and letting ideas simmer in the back of your mind. You might find that the perfect topic pops into your head when you are out for a jog or are getting ready for school in the morning. You should then

give yourself ample time to go through several drafts and revisions

. Don’t forget to get feedback from teachers and ideally friends and parents, too.

Writing your personal essay is a process that takes time; you’re trying to present a meaningful and insightful story about your identity in only about 650 words!

So use your time wisely to think about, prepare, and revise a strong and memorable personal essay.

You’ll be glad you did once you get into your busy schedule of classes and activities senior year.

Since gathering and completing all these things takes a few months, you’ll want to make sure to keep track of everything in an organized way. We go over how to do this next.

Keep Track Of Your Schedule

To recap, here’s a possible timeline for the process of applying early action:


  • Leave yourself enough available test dates to take the SAT/ACT.

    You could take it during the spring of your sophomore year, the fall of your junior year, and a third time in the spring of your junior year. This way, you’ll have one last test date in the fall of your senior year.

  • Ask your teachers and counselor for recommendations by October 1

    , or at the end of your junior year.

  • Request your transcript

    and any other documents you need your school to send to colleges by October 1.

  • Work on your personal essay (and any other essays) over the summer

    , leaving yourself a few weeks or even months to brainstorm, draft, get feedback, and revise.

  • Work on your application throughout the fall of your senior year.

    Be sure to proofread it several times and have it ready to go by the stated deadlines.

As you can see,

this whole application process starts at least four months before the early action deadline

, and much earlier if you include SAT/ACT test dates and test prep.

Early action can be a great option for students because

it proves to admissions committees that you’re enthusiastic about the school

and on top of things. Plus, you can find out months earlier than normal whether or not you got into your college(s).

Ultimately, as long as you plan and prepare ahead of time, you should have a strong, impressive application to send off to your early action colleges.

Now, let’s take a look at

some popular schools that offer early action and their early action deadlines

. We’ll then give you the complete list of early action schools and their deadlines.

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Early Action Deadlines of Popular Schools


As you can see, most of the following schools have an early action deadline of

November 1

, although there are some outliers. In the full list below, you’ll find even more variation in terms of early action deadlines.


School


EA Deadline


Caltech
November 1

Georgetown
November 1

Harvard

*
November 1

MIT
November 1

Princeton

*
November 1

Stanford

*
November 1

UNC Chapel Hill
October 15

University of Chicago
November 2

University of Illinois at Chicago
November 2

University of Michigan
November 15

University of Notre Dame*
November 1

University of Virginia
November 1

Villanova
November 1

Yale

*
November 1


*Indicates Restrictive Early Action



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Beyond these popular schools,

there are tons of other early action colleges—we’ll go over them next

.

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Complete List of Colleges and Early Action Deadlines

This exhaustive list of early action schools is arranged in alphabetical order. If you’re looking for a particular school, use ctrl + F to search for the name and jump directly to it in our list.


School

State

EA Deadline

Decision Notification

Adelphi University
NY December 1 December 31

Agnes Scott College
GA November 15 / January 15 December 15 / February 15

Assumption College
MA November 1 / December 15 December 15 / January 31

Auburn University
AL December 1

Augustana College
IL November 1 December 20

Austin College
TX December 1 / February 1 January 15 / March 1

Azusa Pacific University
CA November 15 Within three weeks

Babson College
MA November 1 December 15

Bard College
NY November 1 December 31

Bay Path University
MA December 15

Baylor University
TX November 2 January 15

Becker College
MA November 16 December 15

Bellarmine University
KY November 1 November

Beloit College
WI November 1 / December 1 December 1 / January 1

Bennington College
VT December 1 February 1

Berklee College of Music
MA November 1 January 31

Binghamton University—SUNY
NY November 1 January 15

Biola University
CA November 15 / January 15 January 15 / February 15

Birmingham-Southern College
AL November 16 December 16

Bloomfield College
NJ November 30 December 31

Bridgewater State University
MA November 15 December 15

Bryant University
RI November 15 January 15

Butler University
IN November 1 December 15-31

Caldwell University
NJ December 1 December 31

California Baptist University
CA December 1

California Institute of Technology
CA November 1 December 15

California Lutheran University
CA November 1 January 15

Carthage College
WI Summer September 15

Case Western Reserve University
OH November 1 December 19

The Catholic University of America
DC November 1 January 1

Centenary College of Louisiana
LA December 1

Centre College
KY December 1 January 15

Chapman University
CA November 1 December 31 to February

Christendom College
VA December 1 December 15

Christopher Newport University
VA December 1 January 15

Clark University
MA November 15

Cleveland Institute of Art
OH December 1 / January 15 January 15 / February 15

Coe College
IA December 10 Within two weeks

College of Charleston
SC December 1 February 1

College for Creative Studies
MI December 1

College of Idaho
ID November 15 / January 15 December 15 / February 15

College of Mount Saint Vincent
NY November 15 December 15

College of Saint Benedict
MN November 15 / December 15 December 15 / January 15

College of Wooster
OH November 15 December 31

Colorado College
CO November 1 December 17

Colorado State University
CO December 1 December 31

Columbia University, School of General Studies
NY January 15 / March 1 March 1 / May 1

Concordia College New York
NY November 15

Concordia University Irvine
CA November 15 / February 15 December 15 / March 1

Cornish College of the Arts
WA December 1 December 15

Curry College
MA December 1 December 15

Dean College
MA November 1 / December 1 December 15 / January 15

Delaware College of Art and Design
DE December 1 January 1

DePaul University
IL November 15 December 15

DePauw University
IN December 1 January 15

Duquesne University
PA December 1

Earlham College
IN November 15 / January 1 December 15 / February 1

Eckerd College
FL November 15 December 15

Elon University
NC November 1 December 20

Emerson College
MA November 1 December 15

Emmanuel College
GA November 1 / December 15 After December 15 / After January 15

Fairfield University
CT November 1 December 20

Fordham University
NY November 1 December 19

Framingham State University
MA November 15

Furman University
SC December 1 January 15

George Fox University
OR November 1 Rolling

George Mason University
VA November 1 December 15

Georgetown University
DC November 1 December 15

Georgia College and State University
GA October 15 Early December

Georgia Institute of Technology
GA October 15/ November 2

Gordon College
MA November 1 / December 1 November 15 / December 15

Goucher College
MD December 1 February 1

Gustavus Adolphus College
MN November 1 November 15

Hamline University
MN December 1 December 20

Hampden-Sydney College
VA October 15 / December 1

Hampshire College
MA December 1 February 15

Hampton University
VA November 1 January 31

Hanover College
IN November 1 / December 1 Rolling

Harvard University
MA November 1 December 15

Hellenic College
MA December 1

Hendrix College
AR November 15 / February 1 Beginning December 15 / Beginning March 1

High Point University
NC November 15 December 16

Hofstra University
NY November 15 / December 15 Beginning December 15 / Beginning January 15

Hollins University
VA November 15

Howard University
DC November 1 December 15

Illinois College
IL December 1

Illinois Wesleyan University
IL November 15 November 15 to December 15

Iona College
NY December 1 December 25

Ithaca College
NY December 1 February 1

James Madison University
VA November 15

John Carroll University
OH December 1 December 21

Kalamazoo College
MI November 1 December 20

Kean University
NJ January 1 January 31

Knox College
IL November 1 / December 1 December 15 / January 15

La Salle University
PA November 1 November 30

Lake Forest College
IL November 1 / January 15 Rolling

Lasell College
MA November 15 / January 15 December 1 / February 1

Lawrence University
WI November 1 / December 1 December 15 / January 25

Le Moyne College
NY November 15 Beginning December 15

Lees-McRae College
NC December 1 December 15

Lenoir-Rhyne University
NC October 16 November 13

Lesley University
MA December 1 January 1

Lewis & Clark College
OR November 1 January 1

LIM College
NY November 15

Longwood University
VA December 1

Loyola Marymount University
CA November 1 December 31

Loyola University Maryland
MD November 15 January 15

Lycoming College
PA December 1 December 15

Lynn University
FL November 15

Maine Maritime Academy
ME November 30 February 1

Manhattanville College
NY December 1 Rolling

Marist College
NY November 15 January 15

Marlboro College
VT January 15 February 1

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
MA December 1 Early January

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
MA November 1 / December 1 December 15 / January 15

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA November 1 December 15

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
MA November 15

The Master’s University
CA November 1

McDaniel College
MD November 15 / December 15 December 15 / January 15

Menlo College
CA November 15 December 15

Mercer University
GA October 15 November 7

Merrimack College
MA November 15 / January 15 December 1 / February 1

Miami University
OH December 1 January 15

Michigan State University
MI November 1 January 15

Millsaps College
MS November 15 January 15

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
MN December 1 December 15

Molloy College
NY December 1 Decisions “made promptly”

Monmouth University
NJ December 1 January 15

Montserrat College of Art
MA December 6 December 19

Morehouse College
GA November 1 December 15

Mount Saint Mary’s University
CA December 1 January 15

Mount St. Mary’s University
MD November 1 December 25

New York Institute of Technology
NY February 15 Rolling

North Carolina State University
NC November 1 January 30

Northeastern University
MA November 1 February 1

Northwest Nazarene University
ID November 15

Northwest University
WA November 15 / January 15

Oglethorpe University
GA November 15 Within two weeks

The Ohio State University
OH November 15 January 31

Ohio Wesleyan University
OH December 1 December 15

Old Dominion University
VA December 1 January 31

Oregon State University
OR November 1 December 14

Pace University
NY November 15 / December 1

Parsons School of Design (The New School)
NY November 1 December 31

Patrick Henry College
VA November 1 Rolling

Pennsylvania State University (all undergraduate campuses)
PA November 1 December 24

Point Loma Nazarene University
CA November 15 December 15

Pratt Institute
NY November 1 Late December to early January

Presbyterian College
SC December 1 December 15

Princeton University
NJ November 1 December 15

Providence College
RI November 1 Early January

Purchase College—SUNY
NY November 15

Purdue University
IN November 1 January 15

Radford University
VA December 1 January 15

Randolph College
VA November 15 December 15

Randolph-Macon College
VA November 15 January 1

Regis College
MA November 15 Rolling

Rhodes College
TN November 15 January 15

Rider University
NJ November 15 December 20

Roger Williams University
RI November 15 December 15

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
IN November 1 December 15

Rutgers—New Brunswick
NJ November 1 February 15

The Sage Colleges
NY December 1

Saint Anselm College
NH November 15 January 15

Saint John’s University
MN November 15 / December 15 December 15 / January 15

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
ME November 15 Beginning December 15

Saint Joseph’s University
PA November 1 December 20

Saint Mary’s College of California
CA November 15

Salisbury University
MD December 1 January 15

Salve Regina University
RI November 1 January 1

Santa Clara University
CA November 1 December 31

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
IL November 15

Seattle Pacific University
WA November 1

Seattle University
WA November 15 December 21

Seton Hall University
NJ November 15 / December 15 December 30 / January 31

Sewanee: The University of the South
TN December 1 February 15

Shepherd University
WV November 15 Within 10 business days

Siena College
NY October 15 Within one week

Simmons College
MA November 1 / December 1 December 15 / January 15

Southern Methodist University
TX November 1

Southern New Hampshire University
NH November 15 December 15

Southwestern University
TX December 1 March 1

Spelman College
GA November 15 December 31

St. John’s College
MD November 15 December 15

St. John’s College
NM November 15 December 15

Stanford University
CA November 1 January 2

Sterling College
VT December 15 / January 15 January 1 / February 1

Stonehill College
MA November 1 January 1

Suffolk University
MA November 15 December 20

SUNY Cortland
NY November 15 January 15

SUNY New Paltz
NY November 15 January 15

SUNY Oneonta
NY November 15 January 15

Susquehanna University
PA November 1 / December 1 December 1 / January 15

Sweet Briar College
VA December 1

Tarleton State University
TX March 1

Temple University
PA November 1 January 10

Texas Christian University
TX November 1 January 1

Texas Lutheran University
TX November 15 Within two weeks

Transylvania University
KY October 31 / December 1 Early December

Trinity University
TX November 1 December 15

Tulane University
LA November 15 January 15

United States Coast Guard Academy
CT October 15 December 23

Unity College
ME December 15

University of Akron
OH November 1

University at Albany—SUNY
NY November 15

University of Arkansas
AR November 15

University at Buffalo—SUNY
NY November 15 “Candidates will receive an early response”

University of Chicago
IL November 2 December 15

University of Cincinnati
OH December 1

University of Colorado Boulder
CO November 15 February 1

University of Dallas
TX November 1 / December 1

University of Dayton
OH November 1

University of Denver
CO November 1

University of Evansville
IN November 1 December 15

University of Georgia
GA October 15 December 1

University of Illinois at Chicago
IL November 1 December 1

University of Kentucky
KY December 1 Rolling, usually in 4-6 weeks

University of Maine
ME December 1

University of Maine at Farmington
ME November 15 Rolling

University of Mary Washington
VA November 15 January 31

University of Maryland
MD November 1 February 1

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MD November 1 February 1

University of Massachusetts Amherst
MA November 5 January 15

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
MA November 15 December 15

University of Massachusetts Lowell
MA November 5 / January 5

University of Miami
FL November 1 Late January to early February

University of Michigan
MI November 1

University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
MN November 1 January 31

University of New England
ME November 15 December 31

University of New Hampshire
NH November 15 January 31

University of New Haven
CT December 15 Rolling, usually in 4-6 weeks

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NC October 15 January 31

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
NC November 1 January 30

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
NC October 15 Rolling

University of Notre Dame
IN November 1 December 15

University of Oregon
OR November 1 December 15

University of the Pacific
CA November 15 January 15

University of Redlands
CA November 15

University of Rhode Island
RI December 1

University of San Francisco
CA November 1 Beginning December 15

University of Scranton
PA November 15 Beginning December 15

University of South Carolina
SC October 15 December 15

University of St. Thomas
TX November 1 December 15

University of Tampa
FL November 15 / January 15 December 15 / February 15

University of Utah
UT December 1 January 15

University of Vermont
VT November 1 December 15

University of Virginia
VA November 1 February 1

University of Virginia’s College at Wise
VA December 1 / February 1

University of Wisconsin—Madison
WI November 1 January 31

Ursinus College
PA November 1 December 15

Utica College
NY November 15 December 15

Vanguard University of Southern California
CA December 1

Villanova University
PA November 1 January 15

Wabash College
IN December 1 December 31

Warren Wilson College
NC November 15

Washington College
MD December 1 January 15

Washington & Jefferson College
PA January 15 February 15

Wells College
NY December 15

Western Carolina University
NC November 15 December 15

Westminster College
PA November 15 December 15

Westmont College
CA October 15 / November 1 December 1 / Christmas break

Wheaton College
IL October 15 / November 15 Thanksgiving / Christmas

Wheaton College
MA November 15 January 15

Whittier College
CA December 1 December 31

Whitworth University
WA November 15 / January 15

Willamette University
OR November 15 December 30

Wittenberg University
OH December 1 January 1

Wofford College
SC November 15 February 1

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
MA November 1 / January 15 December 15 / March 1

Worcester State University
MA November 15

Yale University
CT November 1 December 15

Most schools with early action allow you to apply to as many colleges as you want. Just double-check that you know whether your school’s early action is

restrictive or single choice

.

By applying early action, you can

rest easy come December with the knowledge of where you’ll be attending college next fall

. Just don’t fall prey to senioritis—you’ll still be sending your senior-year grades to your colleges after all!

What’s Next?

While you’ll spend a lot of time on your essays and on prepping for tests, you also want to

put effort into filling out your application forms

. This guide goes into detail about

how to write about your extracurricular activities on your college apps

.


Are you wondering about the differences between early action and early decision?

Did you know that early decision isn’t necessarily “early”? Read our expert guide to learn more about

early decision and how it differs from early action

.


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