Class of 2026 Early Decision (ED) Notification Dates for all Colleges (A-Z)

If you applied to a College via the Early Decision (ED) plan, it’s advisable to stay updated with the Class of 2026 early decision notification dates 2021-2022.

Many Colleges have officially scheduled the month of December for the official release of their early decision  notification for the Class of 2026.

To make it easier for students, we have decided to put together the scheduled decision dates for all Colleges for the class of 2026 early decision (ED).

Below is the detailed Early Decision(ED) notification dates class of 2026 for all colleges in alphabetical order with a link to their acceptance rate.

4 Things to Know About the Class of 2026 Early Decision

Just one more second before you move!!! Before you hover to the listing, here are some important things you need to Know about the Class of 2026 Early Decision.

  1. Early decision plans are binding (If you are accepted to a college with enough financial aid as an Early Decision (ED) applicant, you must attend the college)
  2. Some colleges that offer Early Decision admission have two deadlines known as Early Decision 1 (ED I) and Early Decision 2 (ED II).
  3. Early Decision may increase your odds of getting into your target college by 50%.
  4. Fewer students apply for Early Decision, thereby increases acceptance chances.

[Check out: 4 early signs that means College you applied to will accept you]

Early Decision(ED) Notification Dates Class of 2026

The table below has the Class of 2026 early decision notification dates Decision(ED) notification dates for all colleges arranged in alphabetical order with a link to view their acceptance rate.

[Recommended: Class 2026 Early Decision Acceptance for all Colleges]

Names of Schools ED Notification Date for Class of 2026
American University December, 31
Amherst College Early-mid December (ED)
Babson College Mid-December (ED1)
Barnard College Mid-December
Bates College December, 20
Beloit College December, 1 (ED1)
Boston College December, 2 (ED1)
Boston University December, 15
Bowdoin College December, 10
Brandeis University December, 15
Brown University Mid-December
Bryn Mawr College January 1st
Bucknell University Mid-December
California Institute of Technology Mid-December
Carleton College December, 15
Carnegie Mellon University December, 15
Case Western Reserve University December, 11 (ED1), December, 21 (EA)
Chapman University Late December (ED1)
Claremont McKenna College December, 15
Colby College December, 15
Colgate University Mid-December
College of the Holy Cross December, 15
College of William and Mary December, 8
Colorado College December, 15 (ED1)
Columbia University Mid-December
Connecticut College Mid-December
Cornell University December, 13

Cornell acceptance rate

Dartmouth College Mid-December
Davidson College December, 15
Dickinson College Mid-December
Duke University Mid-December

Duke acceptance rate

Emerson College Mid-December (ED1)
Emory University (Emory) December, 15
Emory University (Oxford) December, 15
Franklin and Marshall December, 15
George Washington University Late December
Georgetown University December, 15
Grinnell College Mid-Late December
Hamilton College December, 15
Harvard University Mid-December

Harvard acceptance rate

Harvey Mudd College December, 15
Haverford College December, 15
Johns Hopkins University December, 10
Kenyon College December, 15
Lafayette College December, 15
Lehigh University Mid-December
Loyola Marymount University December, 24 (ED1)
Macalester College December, 5 (ED1)
Middlebury College December, 15
Miami University – Oxford December, 1 (ED1)
MIT Mid-December

MIT acceptance rate

Mount Holyoke College Late December
New York University December, 15

NYU acceptance rate

North Carolina State January 30
Northeastern University December, 8 (ED1)
Northwestern University Mid-December
Oberlin College December, 15
Occidental College December, 15
Pitzer College December, 18
Pomona College December, 15
Princeton University Mid-December
Providence College December, 1 (ED1)
Purdue University January 15
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute December, 11 (ED1)
Rice University December, 9
Santa Clara University Late December (ED1)
Sarah Lawrence College Late December (ED1)
Scripps College Mid-December
Sewanee: The University of the South Early December (ED1)
Skidmore College Mid-December
Smith College Mid-December
Southern Methodist University Mid-December (ED1)
Stanford University December, 15
Swarthmore College Mid-December
Texas Christian University December, 3 (ED1)
Trinity College Mid-December
Tufts University December, 14
Tulane University November 22 (ED1)
Union College December, 7 (ED1)
University of Chicago December, 17 (ED1)
University of Georgia November 19
University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign Mid-February
University of Massachusetts – Amherst December, 7 (through January)
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Late January
University of Notre Dame Mid-December
University of Pennsylvania Mid-December
University of Richmond December, 15 (ED1)
University of Vermont Late December
University of Virginia December, 10 (ED1)
Vanderbilt University Mid-December
Vassar College Mid-December
Villanova University December, 15 (ED1)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute Mid-December (ED1)
Washington and Lee University Late December
Washington University in St. Louis December, 9
Wellesley College Mid-December
Wesleyan University Mid-December
Willamette University December, 30 (ED1)
Williams College December, 15
Worcester Polytechnic Institute December, 15 (ED1)
Yale University December, 15

Disclaimer: some Colleges may adjust or make changes to their decision date. So we advise you check often for updates.

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