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Early Acceptance Rates for the Class of 2024 at the Nation’s Top Colleges

If you are in the process of applying to college, you likely already know that schools released their early acceptance decisions in mid-December. By now students who applied early action or early decision will have either been accepted, rejected, or deferred to the regular admissions cycle. (For more information about early action and early decision, see this earlier blog post).

Unsurprisingly, it was another competitive cycle. In fact, some selective colleges reported a record-high number of early applications, and thus a record-low early acceptance rate.

Here are the early acceptance rates for the top 30 U.S. universities and colleges that offer an early action or decision program, in order of their national rankings:

  • Princeton University – rate not published
  • Harvard University – 13.9% admitted
  • Columbia University – rate not published
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 7.4% admitted
  • Yale University – 13.8% admitted
  • Stanford University – rate not published
  • University of Chicago – rate not published
  • University of Pennsylvania – 19.7% admitted
  • Northwestern University – rate not published
  • Duke University – 21% admitted
  • Johns Hopkins University – 28% admitted
  • California Institute of Technology – rate not published
  • Dartmouth College – 26.4% admitted
  • Brown University – 17.5% admitted
  • University of Notre Dame – rate not published
  • Vanderbilt University – rate not published
  • Cornell University – 23.8% admitted
  • Rice University – rate not published
  • Washington University in St. Louis – rate not published
  • Emory University – 40.3% admitted
  • Georgetown University – 11.7% admitted
  • Carnegie Mellon University – rate not published
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor – rate not published
  • Wake Forest University – rate not published
  • University of Virginia – 34.7% admitted
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – rate not published
  • New York University – rate not published
  • Tufts University – rate not published
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – rate not published
  • University of Rochester – rate not published

The above is based on data available as of January 17, and we will continue to update it as new information becomes available.

Congratulations to everyone who was accepted early, and good luck to those of you who are still awaiting a final decision!


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