A Look at This Year’s Early Decision Numbers

We’ve talked about early decision before and how it’s an option that many students prefer because it can increase their admissions chances.

Just a friendly reminder, early decision is an admissions program certain schools offer which allows students to hear back from the school as early as December or January. The catch, however, is that if you are accepted through early decision, you must enroll in that school; it is like an application with a binding contract. So you must be 100% you want to go to the school you apply early decision to.

So why, besides hearing back early, would a student want to apply early decision? Well, in many instances, if you’ve found your perfect school, it increases admission chances. The Daily Beast recently published an article on how the early admission race is “tougher than ever.” But, if you look at their numbers, the competition might still be worth it. The early acceptance rates are always higher than regular acceptance rates.

Take a look for yourself!

1. Stanford

2011 early applicants: 5,880
Early acceptance rate: 13%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:44%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 7%

2. Yale

2011 early applicants: 4,304
Early acceptance rate: 16%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:50%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 6%

3. Harvard

2011 early applicants: 4,231
Early acceptance rate: 18%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:47%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 6%

4. Brown

2011 early applicants: 2,900
Early acceptance rate: 20%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:38%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 8%

5. Princeton

2011 early applicants: 3,443
Early acceptance rate: 21%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:55%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 8%

6. Duke

2011 early applicants: 2,641
Early acceptance rate: 25%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:38%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 15%

7. Bowdoin

2011 early applicants: 777
Early acceptance rate: 30%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:47%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 18%

8. Cornell

2011 early applicants: 3,600
Early acceptance rate: 32%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:36%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 17%

9. Northwestern

2011 early applicants: 2,450
Early acceptance rate: 33%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:40%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 26%

10. Vanderbilt

2011 early applicants: 1,769
Early acceptance rate: 33%
Percent of freshman class filled by early decision:40%
Regular admissions acceptance rate: 16%

Did you or will you think about applying early to any colleges? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Mureille says:

    Man, this made me wish I had applied ED to Cornell, I would have definitely gotten in.

  2. Paige says:

    I applied ED to Rice University and was one of the 206 people to get accepted 😀 I was positive it was the place for me and wanted to know as soon as possible if I would be able to go.

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