05 October 2020

Early Decision Schools That Double Admission Odds

Posted in Your College List, Early Admission, Class of 2025

earlydecisionLooking for a way to enhance admission odds? Here's a list of schools with early decision admission rates that are at least twice as high as their regular decision admission rates.  

Because Early Decision is a binding commitment, it only makes sense if you're a competitive applicant, affordability isn't an issue, and you're absolutely certain it's the school for you. But as the list shows, there can be a meaningful advantage in applying this way if you are.  For example, at NYU, roughly 67% of the Class of 2023 was admitted through Early Decision, and the admission rate was 28% vs. 14% for those who applied via Regular Decision.  Or at Bates College in Maine, roughly 70% of the incoming class was admitted through Early Decision and the admission rate was 42% vs. 9% for those who applied via Regular Decision.  These are differences too big to ignore.

Note: most early decision deadlines occur in early November, so the time is now to consider if it makes sense for you. Click here for more information about early admission, and here to find out how College Kickstart can help you take full advantage. 


Early Decision Schools That Double Admission Odds

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SchoolED/RD AdvantageAdmit % (ED)Admit % (RD)ED/Enrolled %
American University2.5885 3347
Amherst College2.9132 1144
Barnard College2.2725 1145
Bates College4.6742 970
Bowdoin College3.2923 750
Brown University3.6018 548
Claremont McKenna College3.5035 1070
Colby College3.6329 855
College of the Holy Cross2.6883 3150
Colorado College4.8024 558
Cornell University2.6724 948
Dartmouth College3.7126 751
Davidson College2.9447 1659
Denison University2.1157 2754
Duke University3.5021 651
Franklin and Marshall2.4669 2861
Furman University2.0785 4120
Gettysburg College2.2164 2939
Grinnell College2.5957 2243
Hamilton College2.7341 1551
Haverford College3.3143 1356
Johns Hopkins University4.0028 750
Middlebury College2.3547 2065
New York University2.0028 1467
Northwestern University3.5725 755
Pitzer College2.6437 1477
Rice University2.1119 940
Skidmore College2.0060 3057
Swarthmore College3.0024 856
Tulane University33.0033 140
University of Miami2.4048 2034
University of Pennsylvania3.3320 653
University of Richmond2.5348 1942
Vanderbilt University2.1021 1055
Washington and Lee University2.6943 1655
Washington University in St. Louis2.5736 1457
Wesleyan University2.1641 1964
Williams College3.3637 1147