25 October 2023

Early Decision Schools That Double Admission Odds

Posted in Your College List, Early Admission, Class of 2028

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 2027 was admitted through Early Decision, and the admission rate was 25% vs. 3% 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 26% 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 %
Tulane University22.6768 364
Northeastern University9.7539 452
Colby College5.8335 654
Barnard College5.4027 563
Trinity University4.5054 1224
Middlebury College4.2534 870
Dartmouth College4.2517 453
Bates College4.2042 1067
College of the Holy Cross3.9467 1762
Northwestern University3.8323 656
Williams College3.8323 6
University of Miami3.5360 1742
Brown University3.5014 4
Vanderbilt University3.4017 554
Duke University3.2513 4
Davidson College3.1835 1168
Spelman College3.1253 1718
Boston University3.1128 9
Amherst College3.0027 938
Hamilton College3.0030 1053
Haverford College3.0033 1155
Cornell University3.0018 647
Claremont McKenna College2.7825 963
Swarthmore College2.6716 652
Wesleyan University2.6740 1558
Boston College2.6732 12
Washington University in St. Louis2.6026 1063
Wellesley College2.5030 1251
Emory University (Emory)2.4632 1346
Texas Christian University2.4659 2427
Providence College2.3881 3435
Pitzer College2.3633 1453
Johns Hopkins University2.3314 660
Washington and Lee University2.2734 1559
Loyola Marymount University2.2162 2824
Babson College2.2033 1549
Hobart and William Smith Colleges2.2090 4135
Colorado College2.1935 1650
Pomona College2.1713 652
Bowdoin College2.1713 6
Rice University2.1415 7
University of Virginia2.0825 12
Vassar College2.0633 1649
Colgate University2.0022 1158
Skidmore College2.0042 2157

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