Early Action, Early Decision Deadlines and Regular Deadlines 2019 – 2020 | Undergraduate (Freshman) Application Deadlines for Fall 2020

Are you looking to apply for undergraduate admissions at top US colleges for 2020 (Class of 2024)? When it comes to getting admitted to the top elite colleges in the US, timing is critical. When you need to submit your Common Application will depend on whether you are making an Early ActionEarly Decision or Regular Decision application. For the majority of colleges, the Early Action deadline is 1 November 2019, and the Regular Decision deadline 1 January 2020. But, application deadlines for undergraduate admissions do vary from college to college.


Early Decision and Early Application plans can be advantageous to students. Typically, the acceptance rates are significantly higher during the early decision and early application rounds than in the regular application rounds. Have a look at the early application (EA & EA) statistics for the Class of 2023Class of 2022, and Class of 2021 at the top colleges in the US.


Early Action, Early Decision & Regular Application Deadlines (Undergraduate) 2019 – 2020

Co-authored by Purna Rao



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Early Action (EA)


Students who apply to a school through an Early Action will submit their applications (in November) before the regular deadline and will be informed of their admissions decisions soon after (usually in January or February).


These students are not committed to their Early Action schools and still have until 1 May to either accept or decline their offers of admission.


Students who are not admitted Early Action may be “deferred” to the Regular Decision deadline, though these policies will vary between colleges.


Early Action and Early Decision Deadlines
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Early Decision (ED)


Early Decision routes work very similarly to Early Action, in that students will submit their applications before the Regular Decision deadline and receive their admissions decisions soon after.


The most significant difference between these two plans is that Early Decision is binding, which means that any student who applies and is admitted to a college through Early Decision is expected to enroll.


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Early Decision applications normally require some type of signed form (such as the Early Decision Agreement on the Common Application) that indicates this intention to enroll upon admission.


If a student is admitted via Early Decision, he or she is expected to withdraw all other applications and submit the matriculation fee (or fee waiver) upon receiving their offer.


Those applying through Early Decision are strongly encouraged to research the financial aid policies of an institution.


Should a student who applies for financial aid not be offered an award that makes attendance possible, the student may decline the offer of admission and be released from the Early Decision commitment.


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Regular Decision (RD)


The vast majority of students who apply to a given college will do so through Regular Decision, and they can apply via Regular Decision to as many institutions as they would like.


While the application submission deadlines will vary between universities, Regular Decision deadlines usually fall in early January, and offers of admission are sent out in late March or early April.


These students will then have until 1 May to either accept or decline their offers, and each student is only permitted to submit a matriculation fee (or fee waiver) to one of the institutions to which they have been admitted.


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