Admission Statistics: Acceptance Rates – Early vs. Regular

Many colleges and universities continue to offer early action and early decision programs.  When considering early vs. regular admission options, applicants should keep in mind recent acceptance rates for those applying early vs. regular admission.  The acceptance rate differential has been significant at many colleges and universities including: Bowdoin, Boston College, Brown, Columbia University, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Northwestern, Stanford, Williams College, Wellesley and Yale.

With early action, students can apply for early notification without having to make a binding commitment.   Early action and early decision applicants generally learn by year end whether they’ve been accepted, rejected or deferred to the regular admissions pool.  U.S. News compiled two lists of interest to those considering early action and early decision:

  • “Colleges Where Applying Early Action Helps”
  • “Colleges Where Applying Early Decision Helps”

The chart below contains selected information (based on recent years) from U.S. News.  Consult U.S. News, Specific College and University Web Sites and the Common Data Set for confirmation and additional information.

 

College or University

State

Early Program

Early Accept %

Overall Accept %

Difference

American University

DC

ED

75%

53%

22%

Barnard College

NY

ED

48%

29%

19%

Bates College

ME

ED

46%

29%

16%

Boston College

MA

EA

36%

26%

10%

Bowdoin College

ME

ED

30%

19%

11%

Brandeis University

MA

ED

53%

32%

21%

Brandeis University

MA

EA

40%

32%

8%

Brown University

PA

ED

23%

14%

9%

Bryn Mawr College

PA

ED

53%

49%

4%

Bucknell University

PA

ED

65%

30%

35%

California Institute of Technology

CA

EA

27%

17%

9%

Carleton College

MN

ED

55%

28%

28%

Case Western Reserve University

OH

EA

89%

73%

15%

Claremont McKenna College

CA

ED

28%

19%

9%

Clark University

MA

ED

73%

56%

17%

Colby College

ME

ED

47%

31%

16%

Colgate University

NY

ED

51%

24%

27%

College of the Holy Cross

MA

ED

56%

34%

22%

College of William and Mary

VA

ED

54%

34%

20%

Columbia University

NY

ED

24%

10%

14%

Connecticut College

CT

ED

65%

37%

28%

Cooper Union

NT

ED

16%

9%

7%

Cornell University

NY

ED

37%

21%

16%

Dartmouth College

NH

ED

28%

14%

14%

Davidson College

NC

ED

40%

26%

15%

Denison University

OH

ED

78%

38%

40%

DePauw University

IN

ED

82%

65%

17%

Duke University

NC

ED

38%

22%

16%

Elon University

NC

ED

75%

42%

33%

Emerson College

MA

EA

47%

37%

10%

Flagler College

FL

ED

73%

45%

28%

Franklin and Marshall College

PA

ED

70%

36%

35%

Furman University

SC

ED

66%

57%

9%

George Washington University

DC

ED

67%

37%

29%

Grinnell College

IA

ED

69%

43%

26%

Hamilton College

NY

ED

36%

28%

8%

Hampshire College

MA

ED

71%

53%

18%

Harvey Mudd College

CA

ED

34%

31%

3%

Hobart and William Smith

NY

ED

68%

54%

15%

Howard University

DC

ED

71%

49%

23%

Kenyon College

OH

ED

55%

31%

24%

Lafayette College

PA

ED

56%

37%

19%

Lehigh University

PA

ED

58%

28%

30%

MIT

MA

EA

13%

12%

1%

Northeastern University

MA

EA

48%

35%

13%

Northwestern University

IL

ED

40%

26%

14%

Pomona College

CA

ED

22%

16%

6%

Pratt Institute

NY

EA

79%

42%

37%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

NY

ED

50%

44%

6%

Rhode Island School of Design

RI

EA

37%

29%

8%

Rice University

TX

ED

34%

23%

11%

Skidmore College

NY

ED

59%

30%

30%

Smith College

MA

ED

64%

48%

16%

Stanford University

CA

EA

16%

10%

7%

Stetson University

FL

ED

91%

54%

37%

Stevens Institute of Technology

NJ

ED

70%

52%

18%

SUNY College–Oneonta

NY

EA

50%

37%

12%

Swarthmore College

PA

ED

34%

16%

18%

Syracuse University

NY

ED

77%

53%

25%

Trinity College

CT

ED

69%

42%

28%

Tulane University

LA

EA

66%

27%

39%

Union College

NY

ED

77%

39%

38%

University of Connecticut

CT

EA

70%

55%

16%

University of Georgia

GA

EA

66%

56%

10%

University of Miami

FL

EA

52%

39%

14%

U N C –Chapel Hill

NC

EA

43%

34%

9%

University of Notre Dame

IN

EA

42%

27%

16%

Vanderbilt University

TN

ED

36%

25%

11%

Vassar College

NY

ED

38%

25%

13%

Wellesley College

MA

ED

51%

36%

15%

Wesleyan University

CT

ED

46%

27%

18%

Wheaton College

MA

ED

86%

39%

47%

Williams College

MA

ED

37%

17%

20%

Yale University

CT

EA

18%

9%

10%

 

As reported in The College Finder, in recent years, a number of leading colleges accepted a large percentage of the freshman class through early decision:

  • Cornell (41%)
  • U of Penn (32%)
  • Columbia (25%
  • Brown (22%)
  • Williams (19%)
  • Dartmouth (18%)
  • Bowdoin (17%)
  • Swarthmore (17%)
  • Middlebury (16%)
  • Colby (15%
  • Colgate (15%)
  • Barnard (15%)
  • Wesleyan (14%)
  • Johns Hopkins (13%)
  • Duke (11%)
  • Emory (11%)
  • Tufts (10%)

Sources: U.S. News – Early Decision   U.S. New Early Action

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