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U.S. University Application Deadlines

Your Timeline for Applying

When are the application deadlines?

There are two types of application cycles in U.S university admissions  — Early Action or Early Decision, and Regular Decision. To learn more about the difference between Early Action and Early Decision, please click here.

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Most Regular applications are due on January 1st, 2020

2020/01/01 00:00:00

Early Action / Early DecisionMost Early Action/ Early Decision deadlines fall on November 1st of the year that you are applying in.
Regular DecisionThe Regular Decision deadline for most universities is the first week of January in the year that you will be enrolling in.
ExceptionsA notable exception is the University of California system, which does not accept Early applications, but has a deadline of November 30th.

Your Timeline for Applying

Is there a benefit to applying early?

Applying early indicates to schools that they are your top choice. The most recent statistics from the admitted Class of 2022 to Ivy League colleges show that there is a distinct benefit to applying early – in some cases, close to 50% of the cohort was filled by early applicants.

CollegeRegular Decision
Acceptance Rate
Early Decision
Acceptance Rate
% of Class Filled by Early Applicants
Brown University5.7%21.0%44.3%
Columbia University4.3%15.9%46.8%
Cornell University8.3%24.3%46.8%
Dartmouth College6.9%24.9%49.1%
Harvard College2.8%14.5%N/A
University of Pennsylvania6.5%18.5%53.7%
Princeton University3.8%14.8%N/A
Yale University4.7%14.7%N/A

Application Deadlines

Your Timeline for Applying

When are the application deadlines?

There are two types of application cycles in U.S university admissions  — Early Action or Early Decision, and Regular Decision. To learn more about the difference between Early Action and Early Decision, please click here.

Countdown

 

Most Regular applications are due on January 1st, 2020

2020/01/01 00:00:00

Early Action / Early DecisionMost Early Action/ Early Decision deadlines fall on November 1st of the year that you are applying in.
Regular DecisionThe Regular Decision deadline for most universities is the first week of January in the year that you will be enrolling in.
ExceptionsA notable exception is the University of California system, which does not accept Early applications, but has a deadline of November 30th.

Early Applications

Your Timeline for Applying

Is there a benefit to applying early?

Applying early indicates to schools that they are your top choice. The most recent statistics from the admitted Class of 2022 to Ivy League colleges show that there is a distinct benefit to applying early – in some cases, close to 50% of the cohort was filled by early applicants.

CollegeRegular Decision
Acceptance Rate
Early Decision
Acceptance Rate
% of Class Filled by Early Applicants
Brown University5.7%21.0%44.3%
Columbia University4.3%15.9%46.8%
Cornell University8.3%24.3%46.8%
Dartmouth College6.9%24.9%49.1%
Harvard College2.8%14.5%N/A
University of Pennsylvania6.5%18.5%53.7%
Princeton University3.8%14.8%N/A
Yale University4.7%14.7%N/A