The Complete List of Early Decision 2 Schools

Dec 16, 2022


Deciding to apply early decision to colleges is not an easy step to make. 

While most of America’s universities only offer one round of Early Decision / Early Action, some schools, including some of the nation’s highly selective schools, offer two rounds of Early Decision. For those schools that offer the second round of Early Decision, the deadline for most of these schools to submit Early Decision 2 applications is typically around the same time that Regular Decision applications are due to the institution — often in early January. 

So which universities in America offer Early Decision 2? What are the benefits and drawbacks of applying Early Decision 2? Wonder no more!


Which colleges offer Early Decision 2, and when are the deadlines?


Many of the colleges and universities in America with Early Decision 2 policies are liberal arts colleges.

Schools like Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Hamilton College, Haverford College, Middlebury College, Pomona College, Smith College, and Swarthmore College, among others, are staples of the list of liberal arts colleges ranked in the top 25 by US News & World Report offering applicants two opportunities to make binding commitments to attend.

There are some universities ranked in the top 50 by US News & World Report offering the ED 2 option. Such schools include American University, Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Tufts University, Tulane University, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis, among others.

The complete list of colleges offering Early Decision 2 during the 2022-2023 admissions cycle, including the respective application deadlines, is below. In addition, schools marked with an asterisk are ranked by US News & World Report in the top 50 “Best National Universities” for 2023, while schools with a hashtag are ranked by US News & World Report in the top 25 “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2023.

College / University Early Decision 2 Deadline
American University January 15
Antioch College January 2
Babson College # January 4
Bates Colleges # January 11
Baylor University February 1
Bennington College January 15
Bentley University January 7
Boston College * January 10
Boston University * January 4
Bowdoin College # January 5
Brandeis University * January 1
Bryant University January 15
Bryn Mawr College January 1
Bucknell University January 15
Carleton College # January 15
Carnegie Mellon University * January 3
Case Western Reserve University * January 15
Catholic University of America January 15
Claremont McKenna College # January 11
Clark University January 15
Colby College # January 1
Colgate University # January 15
College of the Atlantic January 15
College of the Holy Cross January 15
College of William and Mary * January 2
College of Wooster January 15
Colorado College January 15
Connecticut College January 15
Davidson College # January 2
Denison College January 15
Dickinson College January 15
DePauw University January 15
Drew University January 15
Emerson College January 3
Emory University * January 1
Fairfield University January 15
Franklin & Marshall College January 15
Furman University January 15
George Washington University January 5
Gettysburg College January 15
Grinnell College January 1
Grove City College December 1
Hamilton College # January 4
Hampshire College January 4
Harvey Mudd College January 5
Haverford College # January 6
High Point University February 1
Hobart and William Smith Colleges January 15
Illinois Institute of Technology January 1
Jewish Theological Seminary January 1
Johns Hopkins University * January 4
Kenyon College January 15
Lafayette College January 15
Lake Forest College January 15
Lehigh University January 1
Loyola Marymount University January 8
Macalester College January 1
Marist College February 15
Middlebury College # January 3
Mount Holyoke College January 4
Muhlenberg College February 1
New York University * January 1
Northeastern University * January 1
Oberlin College January 2
Occidental College February 1
Pitzer College January 8
Pomona College # January 8
Providence College January 15
Reed College December 20
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute December 15
Rhodes College January 15
Rochester Institute of Technology January 1
Rollins College January 5
Santa Clara University January 7
Saint Joseph’s University January 15
Sarah Lawrence College January 15
Scripps College January 5
Sewanee: The University of the South January 15
Skidmore College January 15
Smith College # January 1
Southern Methodist University January 15
Springfield College January 15
Stevens Institute of Technology January 15
Stonehill College February 1
St. Olaf College January 15
Swarthmore College # January 4
Syracuse University  January 1
Texas Christian University February 1
Trinity College January 15
Trinity University January 15
Tufts University * January 1
Tulane University * January 8
Union College January 15
University of Chicago * January 4
University of Denver January 15
University of Miami January 1
University of North Carolina Asheville January 15
University of Richmond # January 1
University of Rochester * January 5
Ursinus College February 1
Vanderbilt University * January 1
Vassar College # January 1
Villanova University January 1
Wake Forest University * January 1
Washington and Lee University # January 1
Washington University in St. Louis * January 1
Wellesley College # January 1
Wesleyan University # January 1
Wheaton College January 1
Whitman College January 15
Worchester Polytechnic Institute January 15

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