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Best Colleges to Apply Early Action in 2021

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Does applying early action really give you a better shot at getting into a top college? If you're applying to one of these 15 schools, EA could give you a real advantage in the admissions process. Unlike early decision, early action isn't binding, so applying EA can boost your chances without the pressure of committing to a school now. Keep reading to see 15 selective colleges that admit a much higher percentage of early action applicants than those that submit their applications for the regular admissions deadline in the Spring. Click the heart to save schools you're interested in, and visit the school profile to see their early action deadline and notification date.

1. The Ohio State University

Ohio State Early Action Acceptance Rate: 79% Overall Acceptance Rate: 54% EA Advantage: 25%

  • 2. Hampden-Sydney College

    Hampden-Sydney Early Action Acceptance Rate: 70% Overall Acceptance Rate: 47% EA Advantage: 23%

  • Hampden-Sydney College
    Hampden-Sydney, VA
  • 3. Union College

    Union Early Action Acceptance Rate: 62% Overall Acceptance Rate: 41% EA Advantage: 21%

  • Union College
    Schenectady, NY
  • 4. Santa Clara University

    Santa Clara Early Action Acceptance Rate: 71% Overall Acceptance Rate: 51% EA Advantage: 20%

  • Santa Clara University
    Santa Clara, CA
  • 5. The University of the South

    Sewanee Early Action Acceptance Rate: 76% Overall Acceptance Rate: 56% EA Advantage: 20%

  • 6. Spelman College

    Early Action Acceptance Rate: 70% Overall Acceptance Rate: 53% EA Advantage: 17%

  • Spelman College
    Atlanta, GA
  • 7. Binghamton University, State University of New York

    SUNY Binghamton Early Action Acceptance Rate: Overall Acceptance Rate: EA Advantage: 60.03 43.03 17

  • 8. Howard University

    Howard Early Action Acceptance Rate: 55% Overall Acceptance Rate: 39% EA Advantage: 16%

  • Howard University
    Washington, DC
  • 9. Texas Christian University

    TCU Early Action Acceptance Rate: 62% Overall Acceptance Rate: 47% EA Advantage 15%

  • 10. Southwestern University

    Southwestern Early Action Acceptance Rate: 64% Overall Acceptance Rate: 49% EA Advantage: 15%

  • Southwestern University
    Georgetown, TX
  • 11. Loyola Marymount University

    Loyola Marymount Early Action Acceptance Rate: 62% Overall Acceptance Rate: 50% EA Advantage: 12%

  • Loyola Marymount University
    Los Angeles, CA
  • 12. University of Georgia

    UGA Early Action Acceptance Rate: 60% Overall Acceptance Rate: 48% EA Advantage: 12%

  • 13. Harvard University

    Harvard Early Action Acceptance Rate: 14% Overall Acceptance Rate: 5% EA Advantage: 9%

  • Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA
  • 14. Princeton University

    Princeton Early Action Acceptance Rate: 15% Overall Acceptance Rate: 6% EA Advantage: 9%

  • Princeton University
    Princeton, NJ
  • 15. University of Maryland, College Park

    Early Action Acceptance Rate: 60% Overall Acceptance Rate: 51% EA Advantage: 9%

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