Early Application Decision Notification Dates

This is a big week for the thousands of students who applied early to schools this season as the majority of colleges release their admissions decisions this week. As the results trickle in, keep in mind that even if things don't work out with your dream school, you will end up at the right college for you. And ultimately, it's not the college that makes you, it's what you make of the college experience.

Here's a list of popular schools and their notification dates (subject to change).

School Early Decision Notification Date Early Action Notification Date
Adelphi University Dec 31
Agnes Scott College Dec 1 Dec 15
Amherst College Dec 15
Augustana College Nov 15 Dec 20
Austin College Dec 4 Jan 15
Babson College Mid-Dec Mid Dec
Barnard College Mid-Dec
Bates College Dec 20
Boston College Dec 25
Boston University Dec 15
Brandeis University Dec 13 at 7pm EST
Brown University Mid-Dec
Bryant College Mid Jan
California Institute of Technology Mid Dec
Carnegie Mellon University Dec 15
Chapman University Mid-Dec Mid Dec
Clemson College Feb 15
Colby College Dec 15
Columbia University Dec 13, 2018 after 7pm EST
Cornell University Dec 10, 2018 at 7pm EST
Dartmouth College Mid-Dec
Dickinson College Mid-Dec Mid Feb
Duke University Dec 13 at 7pm
Earlham College Dec 15 Jan 15
Eckerd College Dec 15
Elon University Dec 1 Dec 20
Emory University Dec 12 at 6pm EST
Fordham University Dec 19
Furman University Nov 15 Dec 20
George Fox University Dec 7
George Washington University By late Dec
Georgetown University Dec 15
Georgia College Early Dec
Georgia Institute of Technology Jan 12
Gonzaga University Jan 15
Gordon College Nov 15
Goucher College Dec 15 Feb 1
Grace College Nov 15
Gustavus Adolphus College Nov 15
Hamilton College Dec 15
Hamline University Dec 20
Hampshire College Dec 15 Feb 15
Hampton University Dec 28
Harvard University Mid Dec
Harvey Mudd College Dec 15
High Point University Nov 28 Dec 17
Illinois Wesleyan University Dec 17
Johns Hopkins University Dec 14 at 3pm EST
Marist College Mid-Dec Mid Jan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dec 15 at 12:15 pm EST
Middlebury College Mid-Dec
Mount Holyoke College Jan 1
New York University (NYU) Dec 13 by the afternoon
Northeastern University Dec 15
Pomona College Dec 15
Princeton University Dec 12 after 7pm EST
Purdue University Jan 15
Rutgers University Jan 31
Santa Clara University Late Dec Late Dec
Sarah Lawrence College Late Dec Late Dec
Skidmore College Mid Dec
Smith College Mid Dec
South Methodist University Mid Dec
Stanford University Dec 7 at 4 pm PT
Swarthmore University Mid Dec
Tufts University Mid Dec
Tulane University Nov 19 at 4pm CT Dec 20 at 3:30pm CT
University of Chicago Mid Dec
University of Illinois at Chicago Dec 1
University of Maryland Feb 1
University of Miami Late Dec Late Jan
University of Michigan by Dec 24
University of North Carolina (UNC) Late Jan
University of Notre Dame Mid Dec
University of Pennsylvania Dec 13 at 7pm EST
University of Richmond Dec 15 Jan 25
University of San Francisco Jan 15 Feb 1
University of South Carolina Dec 12
University of Virginia Late Jan
University of Wisconsin Late Jan
Vanderbilt University Dec 15
Villanova University Dec 20 Jan 15
Wake Forest University Rolling
Washington University in St. Louis Dec 15
Wellesley College Mid Dec
Williams College Dec 7
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Dec 20
Yale University Dec 14 after 5pm EST
York College Rolling
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You're Not Too Late to Apply Early Decision II

Even if you're waiting to hear back from your Early Decision school, make sure to keep working on your Regular Decision applications so you're not scrambling during your holiday break. The most successful students pace themselves and have a backup plan!

With that in mind, make sure to check out the below list of some of the universities that offer Early Decision II. In the event that you don't get accepted to your Early Decision I school or you held off on early applications to give yourself extra time to boost your test scores and finalize your college list, Early Decision II can be the perfect option. Students gain an admissions edge when committing to a school, but remember it is binding, so make sure you would be thrilled to attend!

American University - Jan. 15
Bates College - Feb. 1
Boston University - Jan. 3
Bowdoin College - Jan. 1
Brandeis University - Jan. 1
Bryn Mawr College - Jan. 1
Bucknell University - Jan. 15
Carleton College - Jan. 15
Claremont McKenna College - Jan. 5
Colby College - Jan. 1
Colgate University - Jan. 15
Colorado College - Jan. 15
Emory University - Jan. 3
George Washington University - Jan. 5
Hamilton College - Jan. 1
Harvey Mudd College - Jan. 5
Haverford College - Jan. 1
Lehigh University - Jan. 1
Middlebury College - Jan. 1
New York University - Jan. 1
Pitzer College - Jan. 1
Pomona College - Jan. 1
Scripps College - Jan. 4
Smith College - Jan. 1
Swarthmore College - Jan. 1
Tufts University - Jan. 1
University of Chicago - Jan. 1
University of Miami - Jan. 1
Vassar College - Jan. 1
Wesleyan University - Jan. 1
Washington University in St. Louis - Jan. 2

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College Application Deadlines and How You Should Apply

While we recently passed the October 15 early deadline, the majority of early deadlines are still approaching, with November 1 being the most common deadline. It can be confusing to know which deadline to choose, but don't feel like you're in trouble if you haven't made your decision yet or are still figuring out your college list. Here's what you need to know!

Here are the main ways to apply:

Early Action: This option allows you to apply earlier (usually from mid-October to mid-November). It doesn't demonstrate interest as it's non-binding (though some colleges have restrictive early action which limits other schools you can apply to and forbids early decision). However, it does allow you to receive a decision earlier (usually by mid-December), which takes the stress off the process and can give you some acceptances early on.

Early Decision: This option is the best way to demonstrate your commitment to a school, and you usually hear back by mid-December. While this option can give you an admissions edge, you need to be absolutely sure that you'll be happy to attend if accepted. Also, if a school is a Reach (meaning that based on your stats it's a long shot for you to get in), then waiting for the Regular Decision deadline or Early Decision #2 (a later Early Decision option offered by some schools) will be a better choice as you can use the additional time to focus on increasing your Grade Point Average and bringing up your SAT/ACT scores.

Early Decision #2: More and more schools are offering a later Early Decision #2 option (usually with a deadline of January 1) which is great for students who couldn't decide early, needed extra time to strengthen their application, or got rejected from their Early Application schools.

Regular Decision: This is a non-binding option which usually has a deadline of January 1. Students usually receive a decision in April.

Rolling: Schools with this option may have a later Regular Decision deadline, but when you apply, you usually get a decision within a few weeks.

No matter when you get a decision, you have until May 1, the National Reply Date, to respond with your decision (unless it's Early Decision, in which case you have already decided).

Here are some Early Decision #1 and #2 deadlines for popular colleges:

School Early Decision #1 Early Decision #2
American University November 15 January 15
Boston University November 1 January 3
Bowdoin November 15 January 1
Brandeis November 1 January 1
Brown November 1 N/A
Colby November 15 January 1
Columbia November 1 N/A
Cornell November 1 N/A
Dartmouth November 1 N/A
Duke November 1 N/A
Emory November 1 January 1
Johns Hopkins November 1 N/A
New York University November 1 January 1
Northwestern November 1 N/A
Pomona November 1 January 1
Smith November 15 January 1
Tufts November 1 January 1
University of Chicago November 1 January 2
University of Pennsylvania November 1 N/A
Vanderbilt November 1 January 1
Villanova November 1 N/A
Wellesley November 1 January 1
Wesleyan November 15 January 1
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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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