Your Complete List of Early Action Deadlines for Every EA College

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Early Action, or EA, has become a popular program among colleges in the United States. This admissions program allows students to apply to colleges and hear back from them early, but leaves them the option to apply elsewhere during the normal admissions timeline, compare options, and make a more informed decision about where to attend.

 

While not everyone chooses to apply somewhere under an early application program, there are notable benefits to making use of this timeline, from the potential security of knowing you’re already admitted to a college early in the process, to improved chances of acceptance at certain schools. It’s an option that’s well worth considering as you’re planning your approach to college applications.

 

Keeping track of deadlines during college application season can already be a challenge, and the EA process complicates your calendar further. Never fear! In this post, we’ve compiled a list of application deadlines for colleges with EA programs, as well as some helpful tips and background information to help you navigate the EA process. 

 

 

Early Action: A Refresher

The “normal” timeline for college admissions involves submitting your college applications in the fall of your senior year of high school, hearing back from colleges in late March or early April, and having to make a decision about where to attend by May 1st. This timeline is known as the Regular Decision (RD) timeline.

 

However, you’ll also find variations on this typical timeline. In addition to the RD process, many colleges now also offer some kind of early application process, though which applicants can submit applications, have them assessed, and receive an admission decision much earlier.

 

If you apply under the early application option at a college, you’ll submit your application early, during the fall of your senior year of high school. Your application will be considered early, and you’ll receive a decision early, sometimes before your spring semester even starts. While you may be “deferred,” meaning that your application is pushed back to the RD round for further consideration before a decision is made, you may also be actually accepted or rejected at this point.

 

Early application programs come in two major types: Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA). There are a few other types of early application programs that you might encounter, and a given college may offer a variety of different application plans.

 

Some colleges offer rolling admissions, in which applications are evaluated and decisions are made as they’re received, rather than waiting for a standard application deadline and notification date. Some colleges offer a second, later round of ED, known as ED II. Special programs, such as Questbridge or special scholar programs, may have early application dates as well. However, ED and EA are the main options you’ll have to make choices about. 

 

ED programs generally have strict rules; they’re single-choice, meaning that you can’t apply to any other schools early, and they’re binding, meaning that if you’re accepted, you’re contractually obligated to attend. EA programs are more flexible, and give students more freedom to delay a final decision and compare different admissions offers.

 

The defining feature of EA programs is that they’re not binding—if accepted, you still get to choose whether to attend that college, and you usually don’t have to make a decision right away. You can even apply to other colleges during the regular admissions round and wait for them to make admissions decisions before you make your final college choice.

 

Some EA programs are also not single-choice, meaning that they don’t ask you to refrain from applying to any other colleges early. However, some EA programs do have this restriction. This approach is known as Single-Choice Early Action (SCEA), or alternatively, Restricted Early Action (REA). If you apply to an SCEA program, you’re not allowed to apply to any other colleges under EA or ED programs.

 

The most popular due dates for EA applications are in November, either on November 1st or November 15th, or around December 1st. Top-tier, highly competitive schools are particularly likely to use one of these dates. However, plenty of colleges have earlier or later deadlines, so it’s essential to look up the dates for your particular school. We’ll give a full list of deadlines for EA schools at the end of this post.

 

Applying EA spreads out your application workload, demonstrates your strong interest in the college, and may improve your chances of being admitted at certain schools. If you’re accepted in the EA round, you get to celebrate and enjoy the security of already having one college option secured—and since EA isn’t binding, you can still consider offers from other colleges.

 

For more detailed information about EA and how to prepare for an EA application, visit these posts from the CollegeVine blog:

 

 

 

 

Tips for Early Action Applicants

If you’re interested in applying EA, it’s important to understand what the process entails, when your deadlines will be, and how the EA experience differs from the regular admissions process. As we’ve mentioned above, you can find tons of posts on the CollegeVine blog that cover every aspect of applying EA. Here are a few additional tips to get you started.

 

Tip #1: Remember, earlier application deadlines also mean that your standardized test scores, recommendations, and all other application components will need to be ready earlier, so be prepared. You’ll also have less time to bring up your GPA and rack up accomplishments. If you need a little more time to build a strong applicant profile, EA and other early application programs may not be for you.

 

Tip #2: Don’t stake your college prospects on one EA school; the admissions process is complex and unpredictable, and you may not be accepted. Always plan and prepare to apply to additional colleges besides your EA school, no matter how strong an applicant you are.

 

Tip #3: Take advantage of the opportunity EA gives you to compare different admissions offers. Even if you feel sure that your EA school is your first choice, it’s very common for students to change their minds, especially when factors like financial aid and admission to specific majors or programs are involved. There’s no downside to waiting to make your decision.

 

Tip #4: If you’re applying SCEA, carefully read and follow the restrictions; you can only apply to one school, even if the others aren’t as restrictive. Colleges sometimes share information about ED and SCEA applicants, and if you get caught breaking the single-choice rule, you may be summarily rejected or have acceptances rescinded by all the colleges involved.

 

 

Early Action Application Deadlines: The Full List

This list is organized chronologically according to application deadline. Under each application due date, you’ll find an alphabetical list of schools that use that due date as their EA application deadline. Alongside the college’s name, we’ve included when that college is expected to respond to EA applicants, if that information is available right now. We’ve also provided links to past CollegeVine blog posts about colleges we’ve discussed before.

 

Keep in mind that these colleges aren’t the only colleges that allow you to apply early. Other schools may also accept early applications under ED, rolling, or other application programs. The schools included here are those that specifically use EA terminology and do not have a rolling admissions process overall.

 

Remember, before you submit an application to any college, visit the college’s undergraduate admissions website and thoroughly read all the application instructions. Application dates and requirements may change later on or be more complicated than shown here. Also, schools may have ED or other early application programs in addition to EA, so when you submit your application, double-check that you’re submitting it within the correct program.

 

Good luck!

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October 15

School                                                                                                                                                Expected Response Date

Georgia Institute of Technology January 10
Hanover College December 20
LaSalle University December 15
Lake Forest College Not available
North Carolina State University January 30
University of Georgia December 1
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill January 30
Westmont College December 15

 

 

November 1

Abilene Christian University November 15
Assumption College December 15
Augustana College December 1
Babson College January 1
Bard College January 1
Baylor University January 15
Bellarmine University November 15
Berklee College of Music January 31
Binghampton University January 15
Boston College December 25
Butler University December 20
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) December 15
California Lutheran University January 15
Case Western Reserve University December 15
Catholic University of America December 15
Chapman University January 10
Clark University December 15
College of Charleston January 1
Emerson College December 15
Emmanuel College December 15
Erskine College November 15
Fairfield University December 20
Fordham University December 20
George Fox University December 15
Georgetown University December 15
Georgia College and State University December 1
Green Mountain College (round one) Within 1-2 weeks
Gustavus Adolphus College November 15
Hampton University December 15
Harvard University Mid-December
Howard University December 24
Illinois Wesleyan University Between November 15 and December 15
Kalamazoo College December 20
Knox College December 31
Lawrence University (round one) December 15
Lewis and Clark College December 31
Loyola Marymount University December 20
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences December 19
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) December 20
Massachusetts Maritime Academy December 31
Morehouse College December 15
New York Institute of Technology December 31
Northeastern University December 31
Ohio State University January 15
Oregon State University December 20
Pace University January 1
Princeton University December 15
Roger Williams University Not available
Saint Michael’s College January 1
Salve Regina University December 25
Santa Clara University December 23
Simmons College December 15
Soka University of America December 1
Southern Methodist University December 31
Stanford University December 15
Stonehill College December 31
Susquehanna University December 1
Sweet Briar College December 14
Temple University January 10
Texas Christian University January 1
Trinity University December 15
University of Akron Not available
University of Arkansas December 15
University of Chicago December 17
University of Dallas January 15
University of Dayton February 15
University of Denver January 15
University of Massachusetts Amherst Not available
University of Massachusetts Boston Not available
University of Massachusetts Lowell December 15
University of Miami January 20
University of Michigan December 24
University of North Carolina at Charlotte January 20
University of North Carolina at Wilmington January 20
University of Notre Dame December 21
University of Oregon December 15
University of Tulsa December 15
University of Vermont December 15
University of Virginia January 31
Ursinus College After February 1
Villanova University December 20
Wabash College December 19
Wheaton College (Illinois) January 1
Wheaton College (Massachusetts) December 31
Worcester Polytechnic Institute December 15
Yale University December 15

 

 

November 2

University of Illinois at Chicago Not available

 

 

November 7

Lenoir-Rhyne University December 21

 

 

November 10

Elon University December 20

 

November 14

High Point University December 18

 

 

November 15

Agnes Scott College December 15
Azusa Pacific University January 15
Becker College December 15
Biola University January 15
Birmingham-Southern College December 15
Bloomfield College December 15
Bridgewater State University December 15
Bryant University January 15
College of Mount St. Vincent December 15
College of St. Benedict December 15
College of Wooster December 31
Concordia College New York December 15
DePaul University January 15
Eckerd College December 15
Framingham State University December 15
Furman University December 20
Gonzaga University January 15
Gordon College December 1
Hendrix College December 15
Hofstra University January 15
Hollins University December 1
Lasell College December 1
Le Moyne College December 15
LIM College December 15
Linfield College January 15
Loyola University Maryland January 15
Marist College January 30
Master’s College December 22
McDaniel College December 22
Menlo College January 15
Merrimack College December 15
Mills College December 1
Millsaps College January 15
Northwest Nazarene University January 15
Oglethorpe University December 20
Point Loma Nazarene University December 21
Presbyterian College December 15
Purchase College December 15
Randolph College December 15
Randolph-Macon College January 1
Rhodes College January 15
Rider University December 15
Saint Anselm College January 15
Saint John’s College (Maryland) December 15
Saint John’s College (New Mexico) December 15
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine December 17
Saint John’s University December 15
Saint Joseph’s University December 25
Saint Mary’s College of California January 15
School of the Art Institute of Chicago February 15
Seattle Pacific University January 5
Seton Hall University December 30
Shepherd University December 15
Southern New Hampshire University December 15
Spelman College December 31
State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz December 15
SUNY Cortland January 1
SUNY Oneonta December 15
SUNY Institute of Technology December 15
Suffolk University December 15
Texas Lutheran University Two weeks after submission
Tulane University December 15
University at Buffalo January 15
University of Colorado Boulder February 1
University of Maine Farmington January 8
University of Mary Washington January 31
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth December 15
University of New Hampshire Between December 15 and January 31
University of North Carolina at Asheville December 15
University of Redlands After December 15
University of San Francisco January 1
University of Scranton December 15
University of Tampa December 15
University of the Pacific January 15
Warren Wilson College Not available
Whittier College December 31
Willamette University December 31
Wofford College Not available
Worcester State University December 15

 

 

November 21

College of Idaho December 15
Colorado College Late December

 

 

November 30

Maine Maritime Academy February 1
Whitworth University After December 20

 

 

December 1

Adelphi University December 31
Austin College January 15
Bennington College January 27
Caldwell University December 31
Centre College January 15
Colby-Sawyer College Not available
College of St. Rose December 15
Concordia University Irvine December 15
Cornell College February 1
Curry College December 15
DePauw University Not available
Dickinson College February 1
Duquesne University January 15
Earlham College February 1
Green Mountain College (round two) Within 1-2 weeks
Goucher College February 1
Hampshire College February 1
Hellenic College Not available
Illinois College Not available
Iona College December 19
Ithaca College February 1
John Carroll University December 20
Kean University January 1
Lawrence University (round two) January 25
Lesley University December 23
Longwood University January 15
Manhattanville College December 31
Massachusetts College of Art and Design January 5
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts December 15
Miami University February 1
Minneapolis College of Art and Design December 15
Molloy College December 15
Monmouth University January 15
Montserrat College of Art December 15
Mount St. Mary’s University December 25
Notre Dame de Namur University Not available
Ohio Wesleyan University January 15
Old Dominion University January 15
Radford University January 15
Regis College December 23
Salisbury University January 15
Sewanee: University of the South Mid-February
Siena College January 7
Southwestern University February 15
Transylvania University December 20
Trinity Washington University January 1
University of Cincinnati Not available
University of Evansville Not available
University of Kentucky Not available
University of Maine January 31
University of New England December 31
University of Rhode Island January 31
University of St. Thomas December 15
University of Utah January 15
Vanguard University of Southern California Not available
Washington College January 15
Wheelock College December 20
William Paterson University January 15
Wittenberg University January 1

 

 

December 10

Coe College Within two weeks of submission

 

 

December 15

Bay Path College January 2
California Baptist University January 31
Centenary College of Louisiana Not available
Greensboro College January 15
Hampden-Sydney College February 15
Sacred Heart University Not available
Sterling College January 15
Thomas College December 31
Unity College Not available
University of New Haven January 15
Wells College February 1

 

 

January 15

Washington and Jefferson College Not available

 

Learning More

Did you find a college you’re interested in on this list? Your next step will be to research the requirements of that school’s particular EA program and plan out how you might fit an EA application to that school into your college planning timeline. In addition to resources like the college’s admissions office and your school guidance counselor, you can always come to the CollegeVine blog for more information about every aspect of your applications.

 

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Monikah Schuschu

Monikah Schuschu

Senior Blogger at CollegeVine
Monikah Schuschu is an alumna of Brown University and Harvard University. As a graduate student, she took a job at the Harvard College Office of Financial Aid and Admissions, and discovered the satisfaction of helping students and parents with the often-baffling college admissions process. She also enjoys fiber art, murder mysteries, and amateur entomology.
Monikah Schuschu
Monikah Schuschu
Senior Blogger at CollegeVine
Short bio
Monikah Schuschu is an alumna of Brown University and Harvard University. As a graduate student, she took a job at the Harvard College Office of Financial Aid and Admissions, and discovered the satisfaction of helping students and parents with the often-baffling college admissions process. She also enjoys fiber art, murder mysteries, and amateur entomology.