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
UNC Chapel Hill
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Virginia

Early Action Schools by State

Auburn University
Birmingham-Southern College
Oakwood University

Arizona Christian University

Arkansas Tech University
Harding University
Hendrix College
University of Arkansas

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

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

Delaware College of Art and Design
Delaware State University

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

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

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

College of Idaho
Northwest Nazarene University

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

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

Coe College
Cornell College
Wartburg College

Bellarmine University
Centre College
Transylvania University
University of Kentucky

Centenary College of Louisiana
Southern University at New Orleans
Tulane University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

University of Tulsa

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

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

Bryan College
Rhodes College
Sewanee: University of the South

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

University of Utah

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

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

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

West Virginia
Shepherd University

Beloit College
Carthage College

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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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Why Do You Want to Apply to Columbia University?

Columbia Universcolumbiaity's Early Decision deadline is November 1 giving students only ten more days to polish off a maximum of eight supplemental essays in addition to the Common App main essay! Perhaps one of the most important essay questions Columbia and many other schools ask is why you want to attend. On Columbia's application, the exact wording is, "Please tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia and why."

This is your chance to demonstrate your interest! Definitely spend time thinking about how you can best convey your goals and dreams and how Columbia is the perfect place for those to blossom. Unfortunately, these types of essay questions generally lead to students regurgitating the college's brochure, which is not the way to go. Log into your Essay RoadMap account here to see a successful essay sample for this type of question.

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Early Decision Results for Penn Will Be Announced December 12

This is an important week for seniors who applied early to their first-choice schools as most schools notify students in mid-December. Early Decision results for Penn will be announced to students slightly earlier than some schools, with the release scheduled at 6:00pm on Wednesday, December 12.

While many will be celebrating this week, countless others will be bearing down to finish the rest of their applications in the few short weeks that precede regular college deadlines. Don't forget to log into your College Essay Organizer accounts to make this last part of the process as efficient and stress-free as possible. It will truly save you hours of time and help you churn out those remaining essays in record time.

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Early Application Deadlines Looming

The tension is mounting for tens of thousands of seniors applying early to their first-choice schools. November 1, a popular early deadline, is looming just around the corner, and students are scrambling to polish their essays and send off their applications. Other students are worrying about their test scores, and wondering whether or not they will be good enough.

The New York Times' Choice Blog is answering common questions about the application process this week, and regarding test scores, Kathryn Juric, vice president of the SAT program, advises, "The most important thing for students and families to keep in mind is that college entrance exams represent only one part of your overall college application." Jon Erickson, president of the educational division at the ACT, adds that in cases where a student feels that her scores are not reflective of the rest of her accomplishments, she can explore the following: "retaking the test, after more thorough academic preparation; highlighting other aspects of her academic profile (personal recommendations, course work, grades, other accomplishments); and, if the opportunity exists, meeting personally with an admission officer to demonstrate her personal qualities." We, at College Essay Organizer, also know that using your essays to show who you are can be the most important way to stand out even if your scores fall short.

For more questions and answers on the college admissions process, click here.

Diversity is Up in Early Admissions Applications

The Early Decision applicant pool continues to widen

According to a recent article in the New York Times, Early Decision, once popular only among east coast applicants from elite private schools, has widened its appeal. Jess Lord, dean of admissions and financial aid at Haverford, describes this shift: “Early decision historically tended to be more homogenous than the regular pool — more white, more upper-class and upper-middle-class, less international. That’s changing fast.”

Recent reports from top colleges indicate that two to four times as many international applicants are applying early. And this shift has affected who is getting early acceptances. Fifty-six percent of student accepted early to Princeton University were from public schools this year, up from 50 percent 5 years ago, and Harvard’s early admits were nearly 20 percent black or Hispanic, up from 15 percent in 2005.

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Early Decision Notifications Rolling In

Many of you who've applied to schools with early deadlines of 11/1 and 11/15 are hearing back this week. If you've been accepted, congratulations! You're about to begin the most relaxing nine months of your lives.

For those of you who are denied entry to your top choice - don't fret. There are many, many fish in the sea, and though it may seem that your top choice is all there is, once you find the school that's right for you, you'll wonder why you were every interested in anyplace else.

Now's the time to get started on the rest of your writing if you haven't already, and to get organized with the Essay RoadMap to minimize the amount of work that's required of you. As always, let us know if you need help getting started! That's what we're here for.

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Early Admission Application Rates for 2012

Harvard reinstated its early admission program this year.

As many of you know, the early admission deadlines for schools recently passed. For those of you anxiously waiting till December 15th when most results are posted, you can check out this chart of early admission application counts for top schools as well as last year’s early admission rates, published by The New York Times Choice Blog. You may notice a decrease in a few of the most selective schools due to this year's reinstatement of Early Admission programs at Harvard and Princeton.

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NACAC List of Schools Extending Nov. 1 Application Deadline

Due to the recent snowstorm on the east coast and the unexpected power outages that came along with it, a large number of schools with November 1 early action and early decision deadlines have decided to extend their deadlines. Thankfully, our friends at the National Association for College Admission Counseling have compiled a handy list to help you out.

So if you have been without power for the past few days, as I know many in New Jersey and Connecticut have been, you've got time to get your app in.

And if you've just changed your mind and really do want to send out that early app you've been procrastinating on, well, you got another chance to submit.

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Early Action and Early Decision Applications

Now that you're wrapping up your early decision and early action applications, it's time to turn to the rest of the applications on your pile. Regular decision applications make up the bulk of the work required of most applicants, and in some cases can mean ten or more additional essays, not to mention the supplemental applications themselves.

The last thing you want to do is to wait until you hear back from your early application schools in mid-December to begin the rest of your work. If, unfortunately, you are denied acceptance to your top-choice schools, you'll have a substantial numer of essays and application forms to finish in only a few weeks - weeks that happen to span the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Try to finish about 75 percent of your essays before you hear from your top-choice schools, so you're in good shape to complete your regular applications quickly and with far less stress. As always, College Essay Organizer can help you simplify and optimize the work you need to do for all your applications. Just head over to your Essay RoadMap preview and see how many essays your schools require, and how College Essay Organizer can help you make your workload much more manageable.

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