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Early Action 2021: Liberal Arts Colleges You Can Still Apply To EA

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If you want to apply early to a college but don't want to commit, consider applying Early Action. Most schools accept a larger percentage of early applicants than those who apply at the regular deadline. Unlike Early Decision, Early Action isn't binding, so you aren't required to attend if get in. If you do get in, you'll find out sooner than you would otherwise, which can take some of the stress out of the rest of the application season. Liberal Arts colleges (LACs) are known for their focus on undergraduate education – most don't offer graduate degrees at all – and for providing a rich multidiscipline education. They often have small class-sizes and a tight-knit community. If you haven't decided if you want to apply early, or where you want to apply, consider the following LACS, which are all accepting EA applications in November or December 2021 for Fall 2022. Click each school to learn more about admissions, student life, academics and more. Like what you see? Heart the school to save it to your college list.

Rhodes College

Rhodes offers Early Decision and Early Action. The ED deadline is November 1st and the EA deadline is November 15th.

  • Rhodes College
    Memphis, TN
  • Reed College

    Reed offers three options for early admissions: Early Decision 1 & 2 and Early Action. ED1 and EA applications are due November 15, and ED2 is December 15th.

  • Reed College
    Portland, OR
  • Mitchell College

    The Early Action deadline for Mitchell College is November 15th.

  • Mitchell College
    New London, CT
  • Bennington College

    Bennington offers Early Decision 1 & 2 and Early Action.

  • Bennington College
    Bennington, VT
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  • Beloit College

    Beloit offers Early Decision and Early Action 1 and 2. The ED and EA1 deadlines are November 1st and the EA2 deadline is December 1st.

  • Beloit College
    Beloit, WI
  • Bard College

    Bard offers Early Decision and Early Action. Both early applications as November 1st

  • Bard College
    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  • Centre College

    Centre offers Early Decision and Early Action. The ED deadline is November 11th, and the EA deadline is December 1st.

  • Centre College
    Danville, KY
  • Goucher College

    Goucher offers Early Action with a December 1st Deadline.

  • Goucher College
    Baltimore, MD
  • Franklin & Marshall College

    F&M offers Early Decision and Early Action

  • Earlham College

    Earlham offers Early Action 1 with a November 1st deadline and Early Action 2 with a December 1st deadline.

  • Earlham College
    Richmond, IN
  • Hampshire College

    The early action deadline for Hampshire is December 1st.

  • Hampshire College
    Amherst, MA
  • Berea College

    The deadline to apply Early Action 1 to Berea is November 15th. The Early Action 2 deadline is January 31st. EA1 applicants will hear back in December and EA2 applicants will be notified in February.

  • Berea College
    Berea, KY
  • Westmont College

    Westmont offers two Early Action deadlines. The EA1 deadline is October 15th, 2021, but the EA2 deadline is November 1, 2021.

  • Westmont College
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • King's College

    King's College offers Early Decision and Early Action. Both applications are due December 1st, 2021.

  • King's College
    Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • The College of Idaho

    College of Idaho offers two Early Action deadlines. The EA1 deadline is November 15th, 2021 and the EA2 deadline is January 15th, 2022.

  • The College of Idaho
    Caldwell, ID
  • Randolph-Macon College

    Randolph-Macon offers early action and early decision. The EA deadline is November 15th, and the ED deadline is November 1st.

  • Randolph College

    The EA deadline for Randolph is November 15th, and applicants should hear back December 15th.

  • Randolph College
    Lynchburg, VA
  • Elmira College

    The EA Deadline for Elmira is November 1st, 2021 and applicants will receive a decision within two weeks, by November 15th.

  • Elmira College
    Elmira, NY
  • Augustana College

    The early application deadline for Augustana College is on November 1, 2021. 86% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Augustana College.

  • Augustana College
    Rock Island, IL
  • Albion College

    The EA deadline is December 1, 2021. Albion admits 85% of students that apply early action.

  • Albion College
    Albion, MI
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