Early Action & Early Decision 2017-2018 Deadlines

September 28, 2017

Early Action and Early Decision deadlines are coming up! How soon? Here’s a list of EA/ED deadlines we’ve put together for you.

As a quick refresher, here are what all the different terms mean:

Early Action: The EA program allows applicants to get a headstart with the application process and express their early interest in universities. Early Action application are not binding, so students are not obligated to enroll and have until May 1st to make their decision if accepted. Student can apply EA to multiple schools.

Restrictive/Single-Choice Early Action: The restrictive or single-choice early action program is similar to the EA program except it restricts applicants from applying to any other school’s Early programs. Students, too, are not obligated to enroll and have until May 1st to make their decision if accepted.

Early Decision: Early Decision applicants have the opportunity to truly commit to a single university. The ED program is binding, which mean if admitted, they are required to enroll and must immediately withdraw all application submitted to other universities. Students are only allowed to apply ED to one school, but are eligible to apply to other non-binding Early Action programs.

Early Decision II: Early Decision II is the same as the ED program, but with a later deadline. The deadline often corresponds to the Regular Decision deadline. Students will be notified earlier, typically mid-February, and if accepted, will have to withdraw all applications submitted to other universities during the Regular Decision round.

This is just a quick recap of the different early admissions programs that are available. Please check with the university you’re interested to see which program they offer and any other specific application restrictions.

Most EA/ED Deadlines are on November 1st, 2017 or November 10th, 2017 at 11:59PM local time (where you have indicated you live and where you’re applying from). Here’s a list of EA/ED programs and deadlines by university:

Amherst College

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Amherst EA application information

Babson College

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Babson EA & ED application information

Boston College

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Boston College EA application information

Brown University

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Brown ED application information

Columbia University

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Columbia ED application information

Dartmouth College

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Dartmouth ED application information

Emerson College

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Emerson EA application information

Emory University

Early Decision I

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Early Decision II

Deadline: January 1st, 2017

Emory ED application information

Fordham University

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Fordham EA & ED application information

Georgetown University

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Georgetown EA application information

Harvard University

Restrictive Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Harvard EA application information 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

MIT EA application information

Northwestern University

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Northwestern ED application information

Princeton University

Single-Choice Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Princeton SCEA application information

Stanford University

Restrictive Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Stanford EA application information

University of Chicago

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Early Decision II

Deadline: January 2nd, 2018

UChicago EA & ED application information

University of Maryland

Early Action

Priority Deadline: November 1st, 2017

UMD Early Action application information

University of Michigan

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

UMich EA application information

University of North Carolina - Asheville

Early Action & for Scholarship Consideration

Deadline: November 15th, 2017

UNC Asheville EA application information

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Early Action

Deadline: October 15th, 2017

UNC Chapel Hill EA application information

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

UNC Charlotte EA application information

University of North Carolina - Wilmington

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

UNC Wilmington EA application information

University of Notre Dame

Restrictive Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Notre Dame EA application information

University of Pennsylvania

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

UPenn ED application information

University of Virginia

Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

UVA Early Action application information

Wesleyan University

Early Decision I

Deadline: November 15th, 2017

Early Decision II

Deadline: January 1st, 2017

Wesleyan ED application information

Williams College

Early Decision

Deadline: November 15th, 2017

Williams ED application information

Yale University

Single-Choice Early Action

Deadline: November 1st, 2017

Yale SCEA application information

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