List of Early Application Schools

Now that fall is finally here, seniors undoubtedly feel the early deadlines approaching. For students who have not found a clear Early Decision college to apply to and/or want to take some of the pressure off of the application process early on, Early Action deadlines (if available at your colleges of interest) offer an advantage, especially for Safety and Target schools. That being said, it all depends on your application strategy. For many students, Regular Decision offers additional time to increase Grade Point Average, improve test scores, and put together a stronger application.

The most common Early Action deadlines are November 1 and November 15, with decisions typically back in mid-December. Even though you receive a decision before Regular Decision deadlines, which commonly fall on January 1, you have until the May 1 national response date to make a decision.

If your early application is not accepted or denied, it will be deferred. This means that the application goes back into the Regular Decision pool to be re-evaluated in February or March. You can then send along mid-year grades, test scores, and a commitment letter to schools in which you are most interested in order to strengthen your application.

When deciding on your list of Early Action schools, there is no limit, however, some schools have Restrictive Early Action or Single-Choice Early Action. While you can still apply Regular Decision to schools, you would be limited to applying to any other private universities Early Action or Early Decision, though public or international universities are an exception to this. HarvardPrincetonStanford, and Yale are schools that offer this option.

For reference, here is a list of more popular Early Action schools followed by all Early Action schools by state below.

More Popular Eary Action Schools

Boston College
Caltech
Georgetown
Harvard
MIT
Princeton
Stanford
UNC Chapel Hill
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Virginia
Villanova
Yale

Early Action Schools by State

Alabama
Auburn University
Birmingham-Southern College
Oakwood University

Arizona
Arizona Christian University

Arkansas
Arkansas Tech University
Harding University
Hendrix College
University of Arkansas

California
Azusa Pacific University
Biola University
California Baptist University
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
California Lutheran University
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, San Bernardino
Chapman University
Concordia University Irvine
Loyola Marymount University
The Master's University
Menlo College
Mills College
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles
Notre Dame de Namur University
Point Loma Nazarene University
Saint Mary's College of California
Santa Clara University
Simpson University
Soka University of America
Stanford University
University of the Pacific
University of Redlands
University of San Francisco
Vanguard University of Southern California
Westmont College
Whittier College

Colorado
Colorado College
Colorado State University
Fort Lewis College
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver

Connecticut
Fairfield University
United States Coast Guard Academy
University of Hartford
University of New Haven
Yale University

Delaware
Delaware College of Art and Design
Delaware State University

District of Columbia
Catholic University of America
Georgetown University
Howard University
Trinity Washington University

Florida
Eckerd College
Lynn University
Palm Beach Atlantic University
University of Miami
University of Tampa

Georgia
Agnes Scott College
Emmanuel College
Georgia College and State University
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Georgia State University
Mercer University
Morehouse College
Oglethorpe University
Spelman College
University of Georgia
Wesleyan College

Idaho
College of Idaho
Northwest Nazarene University

Illinois
Augustana College
DePaul University
Governors State University
Illinois College
Illinois Wesleyan University
Knox College
Lake Forest College
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
Wheaton College

Indiana
Butler University
DePauw University
Earlham College
Grace College
Hanover College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
University of Evansville
University of Notre Dame
Wabash College

Iowa
Coe College
Cornell College
Wartburg College

Kentucky
Bellarmine University
Centre College
Transylvania University
University of Kentucky

Louisiana
Centenary College of Louisiana
Southern University at New Orleans
Tulane University

Maine
Maine Maritime Academy
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Thomas College
Unity College
University of Maine
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maine at Machias
University of New England

Maryland
Goucher College
Johns Hopkins University
Loyola University Maryland
McDaniel College
Mount St. Mary's University
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Salisbury University
St. John’s College
United States Naval Academy
University of Maryland (UMD)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Washington College

Massachusetts
Assumption College
Babson College
Bay Path College
Becker College
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Bridgewater State University
Clark University
Curry College
Dean College
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Framingham State University
Gordon College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Hellenic College
Lasell College
Lesley University
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Wheaton College
Wheelock College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester State University

Michigan
Central Michigan University
College for Creative Studies
Hillsdale College
Kalamazoo College
Michigan State University
University of Michigan

Minnesota
Bemidji State University
College of Saint Benedict
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamline University
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Saint John's University

Mississippi
Millsaps College

New Hampshire
Colby-Sawyer College
Saint Anselm College
Southern New Hampshire University
University of New Hampshire

New Jersey
Bloomfield College
Caldwell University
Felician College
Georgian Court University
Kean University
Monmouth University
Princeton University
Rider University
Saint Peter's University
Seton Hall University
William Paterson University

New Mexico
St. John's College

New York
Adelphi University
Bard College
Binghamton University
College of Mount Saint Vincent
College of Saint Rose
Columbia University, School of General Studies
Concordia College New York
Dowling College
Fordham University
Hofstra University
Iona College
Ithaca College
Le Moyne College
LIM College
LIU Brooklyn
LIU Post
Manhattanville College
Marist College
Mercy College
Molloy College
Monroe College
New York Institute of Technology
Niagara University
Pace University
Parsons School of Design (The New School)
Pratt Institute
The Sage Colleges
Siena College
SUNY Albany (University at Albany)
SUNY Binghamton (Binghamton University)
SUNY Buffalo (University at Buffalo)
SUNY Cortland
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Oneonta
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
SUNY Purchase (Purchase College)
Utica College
Wells College
North Carolina
Elon University
Fayetteville State University
Greensboro College
High Point University
Lees-McRae College
Lenoir-Rhyne University
North Carolina State University
Queens University of Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Warren Wilson College
Western Carolina University

North Dakota
Sanford College of Nursing

Ohio
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland State University
College of Wooster
John Carroll University
Miami University
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
University of Akron
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
Wittenberg University

Oklahoma
University of Tulsa

Oregon
Eastern Oregon University
George Fox University
Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
Oregon State University
University of Oregon
Willamette University

Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Dickinson College
Duquesne University
La Salle University
Lycoming College
Saint Joseph's University
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Susquehanna University
Temple University
University of Scranton
Ursinus College
Villanova University
Washington & Jefferson College
Westminster College
Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Rhode Island
Bryant University
Providence College
Roger Williams University
Salve Regina University
University of Rhode Island

South Carolina
College of Charleston
Erskine College
Furman University
Presbyterian College
University of South Carolina
Wofford College

Tennessee
Bryan College
Rhodes College
Sewanee: University of the South

Texas
Abilene Christian University
Austin College
Baylor University
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
Tarleton State University
Texas Christian University
Texas Lutheran University
Trinity University
University of Dallas
University of St. Thomas

Utah
University of Utah

Vermont
Bennington College
Green Mountain College
Johnson State College
Marlboro College
Saint Michael's College
Sterling College
University of Vermont

Virginia
Christendom College
Christopher Newport University
George Mason University
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
Hollins University
James Madison University
Longwood University
Old Dominion University
Patrick Henry College
Radford University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Sweet Briar College
University of Mary Washington
University of Virginia (UVA)
University of Virginia's College at Wise

Washington
Cornish College of the Arts
Gonzaga University
Northwest University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Whitworth University

West Virginia
Shepherd University

Wisconsin
Beloit College
Carthage College
Lawrence

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Get the Most Out of College

As thousands of students across the country begin their college careers, it's important to remember that college is what you make of it. Here are some tips by Frank Bruni that will help you make the most out of your college experience and come out happier and ready for life on the other side:

  • Keep the focus on learning how to build a happy life. Beyond academics, college is about finding your passions.
  • Establish deep connections with a mentor. Don't forget to take advantage of the professors who are there to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to create a fulfilling career.
  • Stay social. Isolating yourself can lead to anxiety and depression.
  • Maintain balance. Regulate time on social media, don't abuse drugs and alcohol, and make sure to get enough sleep.

Click here to see the full article.

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Tulane Broadens the Definition of Official Test Scores

Everyone is aware of the ever-rising cost of attending college, but the price tag on applying often gets overlooked. Not only can the applications themselves run over a thousand dollars if you're applying to a dozen schools, but there are also additional fees for sending test scores.

In an attempt to decrease costs and stress for applicants, Tulane is now accepting test score reports not submitted directly by the ACT or the College Board. Here are the steps to send them:

  • Take a screenshot or scan the official score report.
  • Email the score report to [email protected]
  • Ensure that the student’s name, date of birth, test month and year, and scores are legible on the score report.

If you have questions, please call Tulane at (800) 873-9283 or reach out to your school’s admission counselor.

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Harvard's Admissions Secrets

The now well-publicized lawsuit accusing Harvard of 'Racial Rebalancing' has led to aspects of Harvard's much-hidden admissions process to finally come to light. While Metro Academic Prep has been aware of this process for years and regularly shares it with its clients, this article allows the general public to learn more about what happens behind the scenes. Here are some of the highlights:

  • During a final review of tentatively admitted students, the dean and the director of admissions decide how many students need to be "lopped," by changing their status to waitlist or deny.
  • Applicants who are borderline academically can be "Z-ed" off the waitlist if they are on the dean's interest list (usually indicating that the family has made a large donation to the school).
  • "Tips" are given to five groups of applicants: racial and ethnic minorities; legacies, or the children of Harvard or Radcliffe alumni; relatives of a Harvard donor; the children of staff or faculty members; and recruited athletes.
  • Applicants are given a personal rating which considers character and personality, and Asian-Americans are regularly given poor ratings reducing their chances of admission.

 

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The Big Debate: ACT or SAT

For rising juniors still trying to decide which test they are better suited for, The ACT and the College Board released a new score conversion table in June.

You can find the new tables at the SAT’s site here and ACT’s here.

Once students have taken a diagnostic of each test, they can use these new tables to help decide which test they are better suited for. If students score similarly on both, there are still other reasons to choose one test over the other such as personal preference, timing issues, section scores, test dates, and computer-based vs. paper-based, etc. And if there is still no clear answer, it can be helpful for an expert to weigh in.

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Changes to the Fall 2018 ACT

The ACT recently announced that it is making two major changes to the test that will go into effect in September of this year.

First, students who have been approved for time and a half (Timing Code 6) will no longer have a self-paced block of time in which to complete the test. They will now have a hard stop after each section. Please see here for more information on these changes.

Second, for students with regular time, the ACT will be adding a mandatory experimental section that will be 20 minutes long prior to the essay. This section will not be factored into your score and, perhaps, some students will use the time as an added moment of rest before diving into the essay.

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University of Chicago Goes Test-Optional

While over 1000 schools in the United States are test-optional, there has been a growing trend over the last few years for more competitive colleges to adopt this policy. You can find a complete list of test-optional schools here, but some of these colleges include College of the Holy Cross, Connecticut College, DePaul University, and George Washington University.

The University of Chicago, the first elite college to join this trend, just announced Thursday that it would no longer require undergraduate applicants to submit standardized test scores. According to Jim Nondorf, vice president and dean of admisssions, “Despite the fact that we would say testing is only one piece of the application, that’s the first thing a college asks you. We wanted to really take a look at all our requirements and make sure they were fair to every group, that everybody, anybody could aspire to a place like UChicago.” For more details, see this article.

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Changes for the 2018-2019 Admissions Season

Every year the admissions landscape shifts as colleges react to the past season and the changing practices of top colleges. There are a number of notable changes for this season, a few of which have been recently announced.

Washington University in St. Louis and the College of William and Mary are adding an Eary Decision II, following a growing number of schools beginning to offer this option. Not only does ED II help increase a school's yield, it also gives students more time to decide on their first choice and make their applications as competitive as possible.

Baylor will be adding Early Decision, and Penn State and Virginia Tech will be adding Early Action in the fall, giving students more options to choose from.

Wash U is adding a supplementary essay this year, making it more difficult for students who want to apply without doing any additional work. Now, they will need to demonstrate their interest by writing a dedicated essay for Wash U. See this article for more details.

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Early Application Decision Notification Dates

Waiting for early application decisions can be nerve-racking. And if you’ve applied to several schools early, you may be having trouble keeping up with all of the early notification dates. Here’s a list of some commonly applied to schools and their expected notification dates to help you get organized!

Barnard College – mid-December
Boston College - by December 25
Case Western Reserve University – December 17
Colorado College – end of December
Cornell University – December 11
CUNY – mid-February
Dartmouth University – mid-December
Fordham University – December 19
George Mason University – December 15
Georgetown University – in December
Indiana University – by January 15
Loyola University Maryland – January 15
Marist College – mid-January
Northeastern University – by December 15
Ohio State University – mid-January
Parsons The New School – end of December
Penn State University – by January 31
Rutgers University – January 31
Smith College – January 15
Stanford University – December 11
SUNY Binghamton – by January 15
Tulane University – December 15
University of Chicago – mid-December (will email applicants the exact date)
University of Colorado Boulder – by February 1
University of Connecticut – March 1
University of Massachusetts Amherst – by mid-January
University of Miami – mid-February
University of Michigan – by December 24
University of North Carolina – end of January
University of Pennsylvania – December 13
University of Richmond – January 20
University of Texas Austin – end of February
University of Virginia – end of January
University of Wisconsin – end of January
Villanova University – by December 15
Wake Forest University – December 22
Washington University – by December 15
Yale University – mid-December

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The College Admissions Process is Unfair

Now that those early application deadlines have passed, you have plenty of time to fret over whether or not you'll be admitted to your dream college. Regardless of how well you're handling the anticipatory stress, this article from the New York Times will help put the application process into perspective. Here are the take-home points to remember:

It's not all about you.
Colleges have their own agenda as to who they'll admit to create the perfect incoming class. Don't blame yourself if you are not a good fit with a particular college. You will find that it will all work out in the long run.

Grades and Test Scores are the number one factor.
Especially with larger schools, the process can be extremely data driven, but once you've made the first cut, individual differences among essays, activities, and recommendations become much more important.

Let the real you shine through.
Colleges can tell when essays are over-polished. They would prefer to see who you really are. More and more applications are including video formats that allow for a more authentic glimpse of applicants.

Diversity has an impact.
If your background sets you apart, make sure to share this in your personal story. Colleges will notice.

Money talks.
Colleges do need students who can pay all or part of the tuition, so it's not unlikely that a student could get rejected due to financial reasons alone.

Geography matters.
Colleges want to say that they have students from across the United States, so applying outside your region can benefit you.

Legacy doesn't always help.
Legacy can make the difference between similar applicants, but it will only take you so far if your qualifications are below what's expected for that school.

Community impact goes a long way.
Colleges are paying more attention to community service over a long period of time. While a fancy service trip won't help you (any may even hurt your application), service activities continued throughout high school will have an impact.

Demonstrate interest.
Colleges want to know that you value them and will attend if accepted, so make sure to show your love by visiting, connecting with admissions counselors, and opening emails.

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