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Class of 2021 Early Decision Notification Dates

Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 01:20 PM

class of 2021 early decision notification dates.jpgEarly Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2016-17 Application Season


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There’s only a little more than a month left before the first early applcation decisions are released. Are you ready? Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

For the class of 2021, this has been an interesting college admissions season, with the launch of the Coalition Application and the new SAT. With admission rates reaching record-lows for the class of 2020, more colleges are expecting a higher number of early applications this year as many students use the early round to boost their chances of admission and demonstrate their interest in their top-choice colleges.

Applying early decision or early action to a college is a big decision, and can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety for college bound students. By knowing what to expect and when, inclduing early application decision release dates, students can better prepare for the next step in the admissions process, no matter the outcome of their early application.

At IvyWise, we aim to make the admissions process a little more clear by bringing you the most updated information on early decision release dates every year. Our annual admission decision release date list is the most comprehensive and up-to-date, as other lists tend to repost old information and early decision dates and from our previous lists. Be sure to check the links provided within the list for the most recent early application notification dates and information.

Right now, it looks like the best guess for the first round of Ivy League admission deicison releases is Dec. 13, which was reported in this piece for the Harvard Crimson.

Here are early application decision notification dates for the Class of 2021.

Expect these dates to change as we draw closer to mid-December, so check back regularly for updated date and times – especially for those without specific dates and times or those labeled “TBD.”



Early Decision Notification Date

Amherst College

December 9, 2016 late in the day

Babson College

Mid December (Early Decision)

January 1st (Early Action)

Barnard College

December 13, 2016 in the evening

Boston College

Week of December 11, 2016

Boston University

December 15

Brandeis University

December 15

Brown University

December 14, 2016 after 5 pm ET

Cal Tech

Mid December

Carleton College

December 11, 2016 at 6 pm CT

Carnegie Mellon University

December 10, 2016

Case Western

Around December 17, 2016

Claremont McKenna

Deccember 15th at 5pm PST


Mailed December 12, 2016

Colorado College

Mid- December

Columbia University

December 12, 2016 after 6 pm ET

Cornell University

December 8, 2016 at 5 pm ET

Dartmouth College

December 14, 2016 in the afternoon (confirmed by admissions office)

Duke University

December 14, 2016 at 7 pm ET

Emory University

By December 15

George Washington


Mid December

Georgetown University

December 15

Georgia Tech

January 14, 2017

Hamilton College

December 14, 2016 at  8 pm

Harvard University

December 13, 2016, after 5 pm ET

Harvey Mudd

December 15 (decisions mailed)

Johns Hopkins University

December 16, 2016

Middlebury College

Mid December


December 15, 2016 at 6:28 pm ET

New York University

December 15, 2016 at 5 pm EST


ED- By December 15, 2016
EA- By December 31, 2016

Northwestern University

December 15

Notre Dame University

Mid December

Pomona College


Princeton University

December 15, 2016 after 3 p.m. ET


Possibly December 12, 2016

Santa Clara

Late December

Skidmore College

Mailed by December 15, 2016

Smith College

December 13, 2016

Stanford University

Friday December 9, 2016 at 3 pm PST

Swarthmore College

By December 15

Syracuse University

Will begin releasing decisions in Mid-December (they do not all go out at once)

Tufts University

By December 16, 2016

Tulane University

December 15 (Early Action)

December 20 (Early Decision)

University of Chicago

December 19, 2016 late in the afternoon

University of Michigan

By December 24

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

By end of January 2017

University of Pennsylvania

December 9, 2016 at 3 pm ET

University of Virginia

January 31

Vanderbilt University

December 15


December 12, 2016 at the end of the day

Washington and Lee

By December 25, 2016

Washington University in St. Louis

Mid December

Wellesley College

December 8, 2016



December 10th 2:45 pm

Williams College

December 9, 2016 in the evening

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

December 20

Yale University

December 15, 2016


See a school we left out or an updated release date we haven’t included yet? Tell us in the comments below and we will add it to our list!


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