Early Action Colleges Admissions Deadlines 2024

Admission in US Universities for undergraduate programs start in early August. Admissions deadlines are normally in the months of November and in January. The admissions cycle for US Universities has three major categories. Admissions are offered as Early Action or Early decision, Regular Admissions and Rolling admissions. The first type is that of Early Actions and Early Decision. Normally these two terms refer to the different types of admissions, but majority of the major universities use these two terms alternatively and deadlines for these types of admissions are also the same normally.

When are Early Action Deadlines 2024?

Early Admissions normally have two deadlines: Early Action One (EA1) and Early Action Two (EA2). The EA1 deadline is normally November 1, while the EA2 deadline is typically November 15. Some schools, however, list their early action deadline as December 1 Early Action or Early Decision Admissions normally start in August and their deadline is normally November 15.

Early Action offer students the chance to confirm whether they can be accepted into their preferred schools before regular admissions starts, hence giving you more of the options and time to plan your admissions. It gives you a chance or prepare early and be ready for the upcoming cycle, which is regular Admissions. Students admitted to the university do not required to attend the school. You are required to provide the school with your final decision before the National College Day.

What Colleges Offer Early Action Admissions? 

Most of the schools offer Early Admissions but not all. Major school, which are competitive and have large number of applicants, offer early decision admission or both. Schools and colleges that are less competitive (or larger) may only offer early action. Some schools even offer restrictive early actions, which is, if you apply to a particular school on early admissions, you cannot apply to this school on early admissions. This is because they want to keep the things simple for them and would like fewer students to drop out after admission confirmation. 

Early decisions admissions also offer a chance to the students to verify their admissions status before the regular admissions. However, if you are selected through early decisions, you are required to attend the school. In early actions, commitment to enroll is not required.

As mentioned earlier, most of the universities and colleges treat Early Actions and Early Decisions Admissions terms are used synonymously and their deadline is same, however, some of the colleges and schools treat these differently. 

However, certain schools in US, such as Harvard College and Princeton University, for instance, have single-choice early action. It is also sometimes referred as restrictive early action, which requires you to choose from one of the two options for Early Admissions only. It means, if you apply to Harvard on Early Admissions, then you cannot apply to Princeton on Early Admissions, however, you will still be able to Princeton on Regular admissions and to other universities and colleges on early admissions basis.

What is EA Acceptance Rate?

Acceptance Rate of Early Action admissions is normally higher than regular admissions. This is because students who are more serious about the admissions, apply to early action. Hence fewer and above average students applying on EA options, means their chances of admissions will be higher than other. Hence, EA could be the best option for you if you want to get admitted to your preferred school/college. Also, it gives you more time and options to find out the best suitable option. Hence, those who apply on EA, are always in better position as compared to those who don’t.

When do Early Admission Action Decisions Come Out?

Early Action Decision comes out in December OR January normally. In most of the cases, applicants are informed at the end of December. In all the cases, EA applicants are informed about the decision before the regular admissions.

Most early action and early decision notifications come out within a month or two of

Complete List of schools and Colleges Early Action Deadlines 2024

CollegeStateEA Deadline
Auburn UniversityAlbama1-Dec
Birmingham-Southern CollegeAlbama15-Nov
Hendrix CollegeArcansas15-Nov
University of ArkansasArcansas15-Nov
Vanguard University of Southern CaliforniaCaliforniaDecember 1 
California Baptist UniversityCalifornia1-Dec
Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityCalifornia1-Dec
Whittier CollegeCalifornia1-Dec
Azusa Pacific UniversityCalifornia15-Nov
Biola UniversityCalifornia15-Nov
Concordia University IrvineCalifornia15-Nov
Menlo CollegeCalifornia15-Nov
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCalifornia15-Nov
Saint Mary’s College of CaliforniaCalifornia15-Nov
University of the PacificCalifornia15-Nov
University of RedlandsCalifornia15-Nov
California Institute of TechnologyCalifornia1-Nov
California Lutheran UniversityCalifornia1-Nov
Chapman UniversityCalifornia1-Nov
Loyola Marymount UniversityCalifornia1-Nov
The Master’s UniversityCalifornia1-Nov
Santa Clara UniversityCalifornia1-Nov
Stanford UniversityCalifornia1-Nov
University of San FranciscoCalifornia1-Nov
Westmont CollegeCalifornia15-Oct
Colorado State UniversityColorado1-Dec
University of Colorado BoulderColorado15-Nov
Colorado CollegeColorado1-Nov
University of DenverColorado1-Nov
University of New HavenConnecticut15-Dec
Fairfield UniversityConnecticut1-Nov
Yale UniversityConnecticut1-Nov
United States Coast Guard AcademyConnecticut15-Oct
The Catholic University of AmericaColumbia1-Nov
Georgetown UniversityColumbia1-Nov
Howard UniversityColumbia1-Nov
Delaware College of Art and DesignDelaware1-Dec
Eckerd CollegeFlorida15-Nov
Lynn UniversityFlorida15-Nov
University of TampaFlorida15-Nov
University of MiamiFlorida1-Nov
Agnes Scott CollegeGeorgia15-Nov
Oglethorpe UniversityGeorgia15-Nov
Spelman CollegeGeorgia15-Nov
Emmanuel CollegeGeorgia1-Nov
Georgia College and State UniversityGeorgia15-Oct
Georgia Institute of TechnologyGeorgia15-Oct
Mercer UniversityGeorgia15-Oct
University of GeorgiaGeorgia15-Oct
Coe CollegeIowa10-Dec
College of IdahoIdaho15-Nov
Northwest Nazarene UniversityIdaho15-Nov
Illinois CollegeIllinois1-Dec
DePaul UniversityIllinois15-Nov
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityIllinois15-Nov
School of the Art Institute of ChicagoIllinois15-Nov
Knox CollegeIllinois1-Nov
Lake Forest CollegeIllinois1-Nov
University of ChicagoIllinois1-Nov
University of Illinois at ChicagoIllinois1-Nov
Wheaton CollegeIllinois15-Oct
DePauw UniversityIndiana1-Dec
Wabash CollegeIndiana1-Dec
Earlham CollegeIndiana15-Nov
Butler UniversityIndiana1-Nov
Hanover CollegeIndiana1-Nov
Purdue UniversityIndiana1-Nov
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyIndiana1-Nov
University of EvansvilleIndiana1-Nov
University of Notre DameIndiana1-Nov
Centre CollegeKentucky1-Dec
University of KentuckyKentucky1-Dec
Bellarmine UniversityKentucky1-Nov
Transylvania UniversityKentucky31-Oct
Centenary College of LouisianaLouisiana1-Dec
Tulane UniversityLouisiana15-Nov
Bay Path UniversityMassachusetts15-Dec
Montserrat College of ArtMassachusetts6-Dec
Curry CollegeMassachusetts1-Dec
Hampshire CollegeMassachusetts1-Dec
Hellenic CollegeMassachusetts1-Dec
Lesley UniversityMassachusetts1-Dec
Massachusetts College of Art and DesignMassachusetts1-Dec
Bridgewater State UniversityMassachusetts15-Nov
Clark UniversityMassachusetts15-Nov
Framingham State UniversityMassachusetts15-Nov
Lasell CollegeMassachusetts15-Nov
Massachusetts Maritime AcademyMassachusetts15-Nov
Merrimack CollegeMassachusetts15-Nov
Regis CollegeMassachusetts15-Nov
Suffolk UniversityMassachusetts15-Nov
University of Massachusetts DartmouthMassachusetts15-Nov
Wheaton CollegeMassachusetts15-Nov
Worcester State UniversityMassachusetts15-Nov
University of Massachusetts AmherstMassachusetts5-Nov
University of Massachusetts LowellMassachusetts5-Nov
Babson CollegeMassachusetts1-Nov
Dean CollegeMassachusetts1-Nov
Emerson CollegeMassachusetts1-Nov
Gordon CollegeMassachusetts1-Nov
Harvard UniversityMassachusetts1-Nov
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesMassachusetts1-Nov
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts1-Nov
Northeastern UniversityMassachusetts1-Nov
Simmons CollegeMassachusetts1-Nov
Stonehill CollegeMassachusetts1-Nov
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteMassachusetts1-Nov
Goucher CollegeMaryland1-Dec
Salisbury UniversityMaryland1-Dec
Washington CollegeMaryland1-Dec
Loyola University MarylandMaryland15-Nov
McDaniel CollegeMaryland15-Nov
St. John’s CollegeMaryland15-Nov
Mount St. Mary’s UniversityMaryland1-Nov
University of MarylandMaryland1-Nov
Unity CollegeMaine15-Dec
University of MaineMaine1-Dec
Maine Maritime AcademyMaine30-Nov
Saint Joseph’s College of MaineMaine15-Nov
University of Maine at FarmingtonMaine15-Nov
University of New EnglandMaine15-Nov
College for Creative StudiesMichigan1-Dec
Kalamazoo CollegeMichigan1-Nov
Michigan State UniversityMichigan1-Nov
University of MichiganMichigan1-Nov
Hamline UniversityMinnesota1-Dec
Minneapolis College of Art and DesignMinnesota1-Dec
College of Saint BenedictMinnesota15-Nov
Saint John’s UniversityMinnesota15-Nov
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeMinnesota1-Nov
University of Minnesota—Twin CitiesMinnesota1-Nov
Millsaps CollegeMississippi15-Nov
Lees-McRae CollegeNorth Carolina1-Dec
High Point UniversityNorth Carolina15-Nov
Warren Wilson CollegeNorth Carolina15-Nov
Western Carolina UniversityNorth Carolina15-Nov
Elon UniversityNorth Carolina1-Nov
North Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina1-Nov
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNorth Carolina1-Nov
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth Carolina15-Oct
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonNorth Carolina15-Oct
Saint Anselm CollegeNew Hampshire15-Nov
Southern New Hampshire UniversityNew Hampshire15-Nov
University of New HampshireNew Hampshire15-Nov
Caldwell UniversityNew Jersey1-Dec
Monmouth UniversityNew Jersey1-Dec
Bloomfield CollegeNew Jersey30-Nov
Rider UniversityNew Jersey15-Nov
Seton Hall UniversityNew Jersey15-Nov
Princeton UniversityNew Jersey1-Nov
Rutgers—New BrunswickNew Jersey1-Nov
Kean UniversityNew Jersey1-Jan
St. John’s CollegeNew Mexico15-Nov
Iona CollegeNew York15-Dec
Wells CollegeNew York15-Dec
Adelphi UniversityNew York1-Dec
Ithaca CollegeNew York1-Dec
Manhattanville CollegeNew York1-Dec
Molloy CollegeNew York1-Dec
The Sage CollegesNew York1-Dec
College of Mount Saint VincentNew York15-Nov
Concordia College New YorkNew York15-Nov
Hofstra UniversityNew York15-Nov
Le Moyne CollegeNew York15-Nov
LIM CollegeNew York15-Nov
Marist CollegeNew York15-Nov
Pace UniversityNew York15-Nov
Purchase College—SUNYNew York15-Nov
SUNY CortlandNew York15-Nov
SUNY New PaltzNew York15-Nov
SUNY OneontaNew York15-Nov
University at Albany—SUNYNew York15-Nov
University at Buffalo—SUNYNew York15-Nov
Utica CollegeNew York15-Nov
Bard CollegeNew York1-Nov
Binghamton University—SUNYNew York1-Nov
Fordham UniversityNew York1-Nov
Parsons School of Design (The New School)New York1-Nov
Pratt InstituteNew York1-Nov
Siena CollegeNew York15-Oct
New York Institute of TechnologyNew York15-Feb
Columbia University, School of General StudiesNew York15-Jan
Cleveland Institute of ArtOhio1-Dec
John Carroll UniversityOhio1-Dec
Miami UniversityOhio1-Dec
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityOhio1-Dec
University of CincinnatiOhio1-Dec
Wittenberg UniversityOhio1-Dec
College of WoosterOhio15-Nov
The Ohio State UniversityOhio15-Nov
Case Western Reserve UniversityOhio1-Nov
University of AkronOhio1-Nov
University of DaytonOhio1-Nov
Reed CollegeOregon15-Nov
Willamette UniversityOregon15-Nov
George Fox UniversityOregon1-Nov
Lewis & Clark CollegeOregon1-Nov
Oregon State UniversityOregon1-Nov
University of OregonOregon1-Nov
Duquesne UniversityPennsylvania1-Dec
Lycoming CollegePennsylvania1-Dec
University of ScrantonPennsylvania15-Nov
Westminster CollegePennsylvania15-Nov
La Salle UniversityPennsylvania1-Nov
Pennsylvania State University (all undergraduate campuses)Pennsylvania1-Nov
Saint Joseph’s UniversityPennsylvania1-Nov
Susquehanna UniversityPennsylvania1-Nov
Temple UniversityPennsylvania1-Nov
Ursinus CollegePennsylvania1-Nov
Villanova UniversityPennsylvania1-Nov
Washington & Jefferson CollegePennsylvania15-Jan
University of Rhode IslandRhode Island1-Dec
Bryant UniversityRhode Island15-Nov
Roger Williams UniversityRhode Island15-Nov
Providence CollegeRhode Island1-Nov
Salve Regina UniversityRhode Island1-Nov
College of CharlestonSouth Carolina1-Dec
Furman UniversitySouth Carolina1-Dec
Presbyterian CollegeSouth Carolina1-Dec
Wofford CollegeSouth Carolina15-Nov
University of South CarolinaSouth Carolina15-Oct
Sewanee: The University of the SouthTennessee1-Dec
Rhodes CollegeTennessee15-Nov
Southwestern UniversityTexas7-Dec
Austin CollegeTexas1-Dec
Texas Lutheran UniversityTexas15-Nov
Baylor UniversityTexas2-Nov
Southern Methodist UniversityTexas1-Nov
Texas Christian UniversityTexas1-Nov
Trinity UniversityTexas1-Nov
University of DallasTexas1-Nov
University of St. ThomasTexas1-Nov
Tarleton State UniversityTexas1-Mar
University of UtahUtah1-Dec
Christendom CollegeVirginia1-Dec
Christopher Newport UniversityVirginia1-Dec
Longwood UniversityVirginia1-Dec
Old Dominion UniversityVirginia1-Dec
Radford UniversityVirginia1-Dec
Sweet Briar CollegeVirginia1-Dec
University of Virginia’s College at WiseVirginia1-Dec
Hollins UniversityVirginia15-Nov
James Madison UniversityVirginia15-Nov
Randolph CollegeVirginia15-Nov
Randolph-Macon CollegeVirginia15-Nov
University of Mary WashingtonVirginia15-Nov
George Mason UniversityVirginia1-Nov
Hampton UniversityVirginia1-Nov
Patrick Henry CollegeVirginia1-Nov
University of VirginiaVirginia1-Nov
Hampden-Sydney CollegeVirginia15-Oct
Sterling CollegeVermont15-Dec
Bennington CollegeVermont1-Dec
University of VermontVermont1-Nov
Cornish College of the ArtsWashington1-Dec
Northwest UniversityWashington15-Nov
Seattle UniversityWashington15-Nov
Whitworth UniversityWashington15-Nov
Seattle Pacific UniversityWashington1-Nov
Lawrence UniversityWisconsin1-Nov
University of Wisconsin—MadisonWisconsin1-Nov
Shepherd UniversityWest Virginia15-Nov