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 College9.0027 355
Northeastern University6.0030 550
Barnard College5.8029 562
Williams College4.4331 746
Bates College4.2960 1463
Duke University4.2021 550
Middlebury College4.0945 1163
Dartmouth College4.0020 546
Swarthmore College4.0024 652
Tulane University3.8831 860
Bowdoin College3.8627 751
Grinnell College3.8265 1768
Brown University3.7515 453
University of Pennsylvania3.7515 451
Vanderbilt University3.6018 556
Hamilton College3.4241 1250
Wesleyan University3.3340 1260
Claremont McKenna College3.2229 956
Davidson College3.1444 1459
Pitzer College3.1347 1546
Amherst College3.0024 841
Cornell University3.0021 752
Johns Hopkins University3.0015 563
Washington and Lee University3.0048 1657
Haverford College2.8743 1548
Emory University (Emory)2.6724 967
Washington University in St. Louis2.6429 1160
Wellesley College2.6437 1448
University of Virginia2.4632 1330
University of Miami2.4165 2735
Harvey Mudd College2.3321 946
Pomona College2.1713 645
Smith College2.1558 2744
Vassar College2.1140 1944
University of Richmond2.0455 2745
Boston University2.0026 1353
College of the Holy Cross2.0082 4136
Trinity University2.0066 3322