21 October 2021

Early Decision Schools That Double Admission Odds

Posted in Your College List, Early Admission, Class of 2026

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 Bucknell University, roughly 60% of the Class of 2025 was admitted through Early Decision, and the admission rate was 73% vs. 31% for those who applied via Regular Decision.  Or at Bates College in Maine, roughly 80% of the incoming class was admitted through Early Decision and the admission rate was 46% vs. 10% 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 %
Colorado College7.5030 456
Williams College5.5033 641
Bates College4.6046 1081
Dartmouth College4.2021 549
Brown University4.0016 451
Grinnell College3.8265 1768
University of Pennsylvania3.7515 451
Amherst College3.5725 745
Claremont McKenna College3.5035 1070
Duke University3.4017 549
Wesleyan University3.3557 1763
Middlebury College3.1541 1369
Bowdoin College3.1422 752
Davidson College3.0743 1459
Haverford College3.0746 1559
Johns Hopkins University3.0015 563
Swarthmore College3.0024 863
Hamilton College2.8846 1658
Vassar College2.7647 1752
Pitzer College2.6437 1477
Washington University in St. Louis2.6429 1160
Bucknell University2.3573 3162
American University2.3183 3650
Boston College2.2939 1754
Barnard College2.1726 1246
College of the Holy Cross2.1776 3556
Wellesley College2.1739 1844
Skidmore College2.0060 3057