2013 Colleges with Early Decision Plans

For eighteen years, high school counselor Cigus Vanni has created and maintained a series of lists that are great tools for students -- and counselors. Today, we're featuring 2013 Colleges and Universities with Early Decision plans. Early decision (ED) plans are restrictive -- they place conditions on the student restricting them from applying to other schools or committing them to enrolling. Under early decision plans, students apply to only one ED college and sign a binding commitment to enroll if accepted. Applications are submitted early, usually in November, and notification usually occurs in December. If the student is admitted, applications to any other colleges submitted under regular decision, rolling admission, or early action plans must be withdrawn immediately.

Some colleges offer multiple admission plans, such as ED and Early Action or more than one round of ED admissions. That information is included in brackets following the name of each school. Always check the website of each college to which you are applying in order to understand the specifics of their restrictions and requirements. 

In fact, while this information is current with the compilation of this list in July 2013, as is the case with all aspects of college admission, use lists as guides and always double check with individual admission offices.

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES WITH BINDING EARLY DECISION ADMISSION PLANS

 

ARIZONA

            Prescott College

 

CALIFORNIA

           Biola University [also supports an Early Action plan]

           California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

           Claremont McKenna College [also supports an ED II plan]

           Harvey Mudd College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Occidental College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Pitzer College

            Pomona College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Santa Clara University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Scripps College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

COLORADO

          Colorado College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

 

CONNECTICUT

            Connecticut College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Fairfield University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Mitchell College

            Quinnipiac University

            Sacred Heart University

            Trinity College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wesleyan University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

            American University [also supports an ED II plan]

            George Washington University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

FLORIDA

            Flagler College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Florida Southern College

            Rollins College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Stetson University

            University of Miami [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

 

GEORGIA

            Emory University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Georgia Southwestern State University

            Morehouse College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Oxford College of Emory University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Spelman College [also supports an Early Action plan]

           

ILLINOIS

            Lake Forest College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Moody Bible Institute

            Northwestern University

            Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

            Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences

 

INDIANA

            DePauw University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Earlham College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Saint Mary’s College

            Wabash College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

IOWA

            Cornell College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Grinnell College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

KANSAS

          Central Christian College of Kansas

 

KENTUCKY

            Georgetown College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

MAINE

            Bates College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bowdoin College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Colby College [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of the Atlantic [also supports an ED II plan]

            Maine Maritime Academy

 

MARYLAND

           Goucher College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Hood College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Johns Hopkins University

            Maryland Institute College of Art

            Saint Mary’s College of Maryland [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of Baltimore

            Washington College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

MASSACHUSETTS

            Amherst College

            Babson College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Bentley University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Boston University

            Brandeis University [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of the Holy Cross

            Emmanuel College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Gordon College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Hampshire College [also supports an Early Acton plan]

            Merrimack College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Mount Holyoke College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Smith College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Springfield College

            Stonehill College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Tufts University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wellesley College

            Wheaton College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Williams College

 

MICHIGAN

            Hillsdale College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Kalamazoo College [also supports an Early Action plan]

MINNESOTA

           Carleton College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Macalester College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Saint Olaf College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

MISSISSIPPI

            Mississippi College

 

MISSOURI

          Stephens College [also supports an Early Action plan]

           Washington University in Saint Louis

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

          Dartmouth College

 

NEW JERSEY

            Drew University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Stevens Institute of Technology [also supports an ED II plan]

            The College of New Jersey

 

NEW MEXICO

            Saint John’s College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action

 plan]

 

NEW YORK

            Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

            Alfred University

            Barnard College

            Clarkson University

            Colgate University [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of New Rochelle

            Columbia University

            Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

            Cornell University

            Elmira College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Eugene Lang College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Five Towns College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Hamilton College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Hartwick College

            Hobart and William Smith Colleges [also supports an ED II plan]

            Ithaca College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Jewish Theological Seminary of America [also supports an ED II plan]

            Manhattan College

            Manhattanville College

            Marist College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Nazareth College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            New York University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Polytechnic Institute of New York University

            Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [also supports an ED II plan]

            Rochester Institute of Technology

            Saint John Fisher College

            Saint Joseph’s College of Nursing

            Saint Lawrence University

            Sarah Lawrence College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Siena College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Skidmore College [also supports an ED II plan]

            State University of New York (SUNY) College at Buffalo

            SUNY College at Fredonia

            SUNY College at Geneseo

            SUNY College at Old Westbury

            SUNY College at Oswego

            SUNY College at Plattsburgh

            SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

            SUNY University at Buffalo

            Syracuse University

            Union College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of Rochester

            Vassar College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wagner College

            Webb Institute of Naval Architecture

            Wells College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

NORTH CAROLINA

            Davidson College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Duke University

            Elon University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            High Point University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Meredith College

            Piedmont International University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wake Forest University

            Warren Wilson College

 

OHIO

            College of Wooster [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Denison University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Kenyon College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Miami University of Ohio [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Oberlin College and Conservatory [also supports an ED II plan]

            Ohio Wesleyan University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wittenberg University [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

OREGON

          Reed College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

PENNSYLVANIA

          Allegheny College

            Bryn Mawr College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bucknell University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Carnegie Mellon University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Dickinson College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action

plan]

            Drexel University

            Duquesne University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Franklin and Marshall College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Gettysburg College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Grove City College

            Haverford College

            Juniata College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Lafayette College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Lehigh University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Moravian College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Muhlenberg College

            Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

            Susquehanna University [also supports a restrictive Early Action plan]

            Swarthmore College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of Pennsylvania

            Ursinus College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Washington and Jefferson College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

RHODE ISLAND

          Brown University

          Bryant University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

          Providence College [also supports an Early Action plan]

          Rhode Island School of Design

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

            Furman University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Presbyterian College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wofford College

           

TENNESSEE

            Rhodes College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            University of The South [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action

plan]

            Vanderbilt University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

TEXAS

            Rice University

            Trinity University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

 

VERMONT

            Bennington College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Champlain College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Marlboro College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Middlebury College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

VIRGINIA

            Christopher Newport University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            College of William and Mary

            Hampden-Sydney College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hollins University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Lynchburg College

            Mary Baldwin College

            Roanoke College

            University of Richmond [also supports an ED II plan]

            Virginia Intermont College

            Virginia Military Institute

            Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

            Washington and Lee University [also supports an ED II plan]

      

WASHINGTON

          University of Puget Sound [also supports an ED II plan]

           Whitman College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

WISCONSIN

            Beloit College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Lawrence University [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

 

This list was compiled by Cigus Vanni, a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling Executive Board and former member of the NACAC Professional Development Committee (2007-2010).  Sources consulted included The College Handbook, 2014 by the College Board; individual college websites; the College Board Common Data Set; and various college admissions offices by telephone.  As is the case with all aspects of college admission, use lists as guides and be certain to double check with individual admissions offices

           

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Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, has instituted Early Decision for this year, while maintaining our Early Action plan.

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