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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, Early Decision, Regular Decision: 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, through 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 submit your application early, during the fall of your senior year of high school. You’ll also get a decision earlier, often in December, before your fall semester even ends. While you may be deferred, meaning that your application has been pushed back to the RD round for further consideration, you may also be 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, may have early application dates as well. However, ED and EA are the main options for most applicants. 

 

ED programs generally have strict rules. They’re single-choice, meaning that you cannot apply to any other schools early. They’re also binding, meaning that if you’re accepted, you are 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 usually you 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 likely to use one of these dates. However, plenty of colleges have earlier or later deadlines, so it is essential to look up the dates for your particular school. We offer 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:

 

 

Early Action Application Tips

 

This list is organized by the month of each school’s first EA deadline. For each application due date, you’ll find an alphabetical list of schools that use that due date as their EA application deadline. For schools that offer a second, later Early Action deadline (EA II), we have included those dates as well.

 

Keep in mind that these colleges aren’t the only ones that allow you to apply early. Other schools also accept early applications under ED, rolling, or scholarship application programs. The schools included here are specifically those that 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. Schools may have ED or other early application programs in addition to EA. When you submit your application, double-check that you’re submitting it within the correct program.

 

Application dates and requirements may change. Every year, a few of these deadlines switch, so it is important to double check each school admissions website. Occasionally, schools have special timeline requirements associated with their EA deadlines, so it is very important that you check out the admissions page before submitting your application.

 

Early Action Deadlines by Month

 

Schools with EA Deadlines in October

 

School Name

Early Action Deadline

Early Action II Deadline

Georgia State University

October 1

February 1

Hampden-Sydney College

October 15

December 1

Nebraska Wesleyan University

October 15

 

University of Georgia

October 15

 

Westmont College

October 15

November 1

Georgia College

October 15

 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

October 15

 

University of South Carolina—Columbia

October 15

 

Georgia Institute of Technology

October 17

November 1

American University in Beirut (AUB)

October 31

 

Transylvania University

October 31

December 1

 

Schools with EA Deadlines in November

 

School Name

Early Action Deadline

Early Action II Deadline

Appalachian State University

November 1

 

Assumption College

November 15

December 15

Augustana College (Illinois)

November 1

 

Austin College

November 1

February 1

Babson College

November 1

 

Bard College

November 1

 

Bard College Berlin

November 1

 

Baylor University

November 1

 

Bellarmine University

November 1

 

Beloit College

November 1

December 1

Berry College

November 1

 

Butler University

November 1

 

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

November 1

 

Carroll College (Montana)

November 1

 

Case Western Reserve University

November 1

 

Centenary University

November 1

 

Chapman University

November 1

 

Clark Atlanta University

November 1

 

Clark University

November 15

 

Colorado College

November 1

 

Concordia College

November 1

 

Creighton College

November 1

 

Dean College

November 1

December 1

Drexel University

November 1

 

Duquesne University

November 1

December 1

Earlham College

November 1

December 1

Elmira College

November 15

 

Elon University

November 1

 

Emmanuel College (MA)

November 1

December 15

Fairfield University

November 1

 

Fisk University

November 1

February 1

Florida Gulf Coast University

November 1

 

Florida Southern College

November 1

 

Fordham University

November 1

 

George Fox University

November 1

 

George Mason University

November 1

 

Georgetown University

November 1

 

Gustavus Adolphus College

November 1

 

Hamline University (MN)

November 1

 

Hanover College

November 1

December 1

Harvard University

November 1

 

Howard University

November 1

 

Indiana University Bloomington

November 1

 

Johnson & Wales University—Charlotte

November 1

 

Johnson & Wales University—Denver

November 1

 

Johnson & Wales University—North Miami

November 1

 

Johnson & Wales University—Providence

November 1

 

Kalamazoo College

November 1

 

Knox College

November 1

December 1

Lake Forest College

November 1

January 15

Lawrence University

November 1

December 1

Lewis & Clark College

November 1

 

Linfield College

November 1

 

Lourdes University

November 1

December 15

Loyola Marymount University

November 1

 

Macalester College

November 1

 

Massachusetts College for Pharmacy & Health Sciences

November 1

December 1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

November 1

 

Mercer University

November 1

December 1

Miami University (Ohio)

November 1

December 1

Minerva Schools at KGI

November 1

 

Morehouse College

November 1

 

Mount St. Mary’s University

November 1

December 1

New College of Florida

November 1

 

North Carolina AT&T State University

November 1

December 15

North Carolina State University

November 1

 

Northeastern University

November 1

 

Northwestern University in Qatar

November 1

 

Nova Southeastern University

November 1

 

Oregon State University

November 1

 

Penn State

November 1

 

Pennsylvania State University

November 1

 

Pepperdine University

November 1

 

Princeton University

November 1

 

Providence College

November 1

 

Purdue University

November 1

 

Rhodes College

November 1

January 15

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

November 1

 

Saint Mary’s College of California

November 1

 

Saint Michael’s College

November 1

(Extended to November 10 – 2022)

December 1

Salve Regina University

November 1

 

Santa Clara University

November 1

 

Sarah Lawrence College

November 1

 

Simmons University

November 1

December 1

Soka University of America

November 1

 

Southern Methodist University

November 1

 

Spelman College

November 1

 

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

November 1

 

Stanford University

November 1

 

Stonehill College

November 1

 

SUNY Binghamton University

November 1

 

Susquehanna University

November 1

December 1

Temple University

November 1

 

Texas Christian University

November 1

 

The Catholic University of America

November 1

 
     

The Ohio State University

November 1

 

The University of Tennessee Knoxville

November 1

 

The University of Utah

November 1

February 1

Thomas Jefferson University—East Falls Campus

November 1

 

Trinity University

November 1

 

Union College

November 1

 

University of Akron

November 1

 

University of Chicago

November 1

 

University of Dallas

November 1

December 1

University of Dayton

November 1

 

University of Delaware

November 1

 

University of Denver

November 1

 

University of Detroit Mercy

November 1

 

University of Evansville

November 1

 

University of Illinois at Chicago

November 1

 

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

November 1

 

University of Maryland, College Park

November 1

 

University of Massachusetts Boston

November 1

 

University of Massachusetts Lowell

November 1

 

University of Miami

November 1

 

University of Michigan

November 1

 

University of Minnesota Morris

November 1

December 15

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

November 1

 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

November 1

 

University of North Carolina Greensboro

November 1

December 1

University of North Carolina Wilmington

November 1

 

University of Notre Dame

November 1

 

University of Oregon

November 1

 

University of Richmond

November 1

 

University of St. Thomas (MN)

November 1

 

University of Vermont

November 1

 

University of Virginia

November 1

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

November 1

 

University San Francisco

November 1

 

Ursinus College

November 1

 

Villanova University

November 1

 

Western Colorado University

November 1

 

Wheaton College (IL)

November 1

 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

November 1

January 1

Yale University

November 1

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst

November 5

 

Stetson University

November 11 (2023 extension)

January 15

Agnes Scott College

November 15

January 17

Bridgewater State University

November 15

 

Bryant University

November 15

 

California College of the Arts

November 15

 

California Lutheran University

November 15

 

College of Mount Saint Vincent

November 15

 

College of Saint Benedict

November 15

 

College of St. Scholastica

November 15

 

College of Wooster

November 15

 

Concordia University, Irvine

November 15

February 15

Concordia University, Portland, OR

November 15

 

Covenant College

November 15

 

DePaul University

November 15

 

Eckerd College

November 15

 

Emerson College

November 15

 

Emory & Henry College

November 15

January 15

Framingham State University

November 15

 

Frostburg State University

November 15

 

Goucher College

November 15

 

Hampton University

November 15

 

Hawaii Pacific University

November 15

 

Hendrix College

November 15

February 1

High Point University

November 15

 

Hobart College

November 15

 

Hofstra University

November 15

December 15

Hollins University

November 15

 

Illinois Institute of Technology

November 15

January 15

Illinois Wesleyan University

November 15

 

John Cabot University in Rome

November 15

 

John Carroll University

November 15

 

Kettering University

November 15

January 15

La Salle University

November 15

 

Lasell University

November 15

 

Le Moyne College

November 15

 

Long Island University

November 15

 

Loyola University Maryland

November 15

 

Loyola University New Orleans

November 15

 

Lynn University

November 15

 

Lyon College

November 15

February 1

Marist College

November 15

 

Marymount University

November 15

 

McDaniel College

November 15

 

Menlo College

November 15

 

Merrimack College

November 15

January 15

Millsap College

November 15

 

Mitchell College

November 15

 

Monmouth College (IL)

November 15

December 15

New England Institute of Technology

November 15

 

New Jersey Institute of Technology

November 15

December 15

Northwest Nazarene University

November 15

 

Ohio University

November 15

 

Pace University

November 15

December 1

Pacific University Oregon

November 15

 

Point Loma Nazarene University

November 15

 

Purchase College, SUNY

November 15

 

Queens University of Charlotte

November 15

January 18

Quinnipac University

November 15

 

Randolph College

November 15

 

Randolph-Macon College

November 15

 

Reed College

November 15

 

Rider University

November 15

 

Roger Williams University

November 15

 

Saint Anselm College

November 15

 

Saint John’s University (MN)

November 15

December 15

Saint Joseph’s University

November 15

 

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

November 15

December 15

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

November 15

January 15

Seattle Pacific University

November 15

 

Seattle University

November 15

 

Seattle University

November 15

December 15

Shepherd University

November 15

 

Siena College

November 15

 

Southern New Hampshire University

November 15

 

St. John’s College (MD)

November 15

January 15

St. John’s College (NM)

November 15

January 15

St. John’s University (NY)

November 15

 

Suffolk University

November 15

 

SUNY University at Albany

November 15

 

SUNY College at Old Westbury

November 15

 

SUNY College at Oneonta

November 15

 

SUNY Cortland

November 15

 

SUNY New Paltz

November 15

 

SUNY Oswego

November 15

 

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

November 15

 

SUNY University at Buffalo

November 15

 

Sweet Briar’s College

November 15

 

Texas Lutheran University

November 15

 

The American University of Paris

November 15

October 1

The College of Idaho

November 15

January 16

The College of Saint Rose

November 15

 

The Culinary Institute of America (CA)

November 15

 

The Culinary Institute of America (NY)

November 15

 

The Culinary Institute of America (TX)

November 15

 

The University of Scranton

November 15

 

Tulane University

November 15

 

University of Colorado Boulder

November 15

 

University of Hartford

November 15

 

University of Mary Washington

November 15

 

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

November 15

 

University of Michigan—Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

November 15

 

University of New England

November 15

 

University of New Hampshire

November 15

 

University of New Haven

November 15

January 15

University of Puget Sound

November 1

 

University of Redlands

November 15

 

University of the Pacific

November 15

 

University Tampa

November 15

January 15

Warren Wilson College

November 15

 

Westminster College (Pennsylvania)

November 15

 

Wheaton College (MA)

November 15

 

Whittier College

November 15

 

Whitworth University

November 15

January 15

Willamette University

November 15

 

Wofford College

November 15

 

Birmingham-Southern College

November 16

 

Manhattanville College

November 18

 

Maine Maritime Academy

November 30

 

University of Maine

November 30

 

 

Schools with EA Deadlines in December

 

School Name

Early Action Deadline

Early Action II Deadline

Adelphi University

December 1

 

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

December 1

 

Albion College

December 1

 

Alfred University

December 1

 

Allegheny College

December 1

February 1

Bennington College

December 1

 

Caldwell University

December 1

 

Canisius College

December 1

 

Centenary College of Louisiana

December 1

 

Centre College

December 1

 

Christopher Newport University

December 1

 

Colby-Sawyer College

December 1

 

Colorado State University

December 1

 

Curry College

December 1

 

DePauw University

December 1

 

D’Youville College

December 1

 

Franklin University Switzerland

December 1

 

Furman University

December 1

 

Guilford College

December 1

 

Hampshire College

December 1

 

Illinois College

December 1

 

Ithaca College

December 1

 

Jacobs University Bremen

December 1

February 1

Juniata College

December 1

January 15

King’s College

December 1

 

Lesley University

December 1

 

Lewis University

December 1

 

Lycoming College

December 1

 

Maine College of Art

December 1

 

Maryland Institute College of Art

December 1

 

Marymount Manhattan College

December 1

 

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

December 1

 

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

December 1

 

Molloy College

December 1

 

Monmouth University

December 1

 

Montserrat College of Art

December 1

 

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles

December 1

 

Neumann University

December 1

 

Notre Dame de Namur University

December 1

February 1

Oglethorpe University

December 1

 

Ohio Wesleyan University

December 1

 

Old Dominion University

December 1

 

Otis College of Art and Design

December 1

 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

December 1

 

Presbyterian College

December 1

 

Quest University Canada

December 1

 

Radford University

December 1

 

Regis College

December 1

 

Russell Sage College

December 1

February 1

Salisbury University

December 1

 

Sewanee: The University of the South

December 1

 

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

December 1

 

University of Cincinnati

December 1

 

University of Kentucky

December 1

 

University of Southern Maine

December 1

 

University of Maine at Farmington

December 1

 

University of Rhode Island

December 1

 

Wabash College

December 1

 

Wagner College

December 1

 

Washington College

December 1

 

Wittenberg University

December 1

 

Meredith College

December 1

 

Longwood University

December 1

 

Nichols College

December 1

 

Coe College

December 10

 

College of Charleston

December 15

 

Drew University

December 1

 

Iona College

December 15

 

Otterbein University

December 15

 

Ramapo College of New Jersey

December 15

 

Sacred Heart University

December 15

February 1

Wells College

December 15

 

Western Michigan University

December 15

 

 

Schools with EA Deadlines in January

 

Note that none of these schools have EA II Deadlines, so none are listed in this table.

 

School Name

Early Action Deadline

Kean University

January 1

Luther College

January 1

University of Guelph

January 12

Marlboro College

January 15

Washington & Jefferson College

January 15

 

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Bijal is a senior at UCLA studying Anthropology with minors in Global Health and Gerontology. Working as a Bruin Ambassador in the Undergraduate Admissions office throughout college and having gone through the application cycle again for graduate school, she is eager to share her knowledge!