27 October 2022

Early Decision Schools That Double Admission Odds

Posted in Your College List, Early Admission, Class of 2027

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 Barnard College, roughly 60% of the Class of 2026 was admitted through Early Decision, and the admission rate was 29% vs. 8% for those who applied via Regular Decision.  Or at Washington University in St. Louis, over 70% of the incoming class was admitted through Early Decision and the admission rate was 27% vs. 8% 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 %
Tulane University8.5068 868
Dartmouth College6.3319 350
Northeastern University6.0030 550
Barnard College4.8329 661
Northwestern University4.8024 553
Bates College4.3648 1161
Claremont McKenna College4.2930 768
Middlebury College4.2042 1069
Vanderbilt University4.0016 455
Cornell University3.8019 552
Hampden-Sydney College3.8057 1517
University of Pennsylvania3.7515 449
Bowdoin College3.7126 753
Haverford College3.4241 1249
Pomona College3.4017 567
Washington University in St. Louis3.3827 876
Williams College3.3827 846
Wesleyan University3.3340 1257
Davidson College3.3143 1364
Brown University3.2513 452
Amherst College3.2526 840
Hamilton College3.2032 1050
Duke University3.2016 546
Swarthmore College3.1719 651
University of Miami3.1757 1841
Pitzer College3.1347 1546
Washington and Lee University3.0042 1458
Colorado College2.9238 1348
Boston University2.8926 957
Villanova University2.6756 2146
Johns Hopkins University2.6013 558
Rice University2.5718 744
Smith College2.4549 2056
Wellesley College2.4229 1244
Howard University2.3349 218
Boston College2.3130 1357
Vassar College2.2939 1753
Colgate University2.2725 1158
American University2.2186 3942
Skidmore College2.1351 2452

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