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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 College
    Memphis, TN 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate57%
  • Rhodes offers Early Decision and Early Action. The ED deadline is November 1st and the EA deadline is November 15th.

    Reed College

  • Reed College
    Portland, OR 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate30%
  • 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.

    Mitchell College

  • Mitchell College
    New London, CT 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate74%
  • The Early Action deadline for Mitchell College is November 15th.

    Bennington College

  • Bennington College
    Bennington, VT 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate60%
  • Bennington offers Early Decision 1 & 2 and Early Action.

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Geneva, NY 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate68%
  • Beloit College

  • Beloit College
    Beloit, WI 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate67%
  • 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.

    Bard College

  • Bard College
    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate60%
  • Bard offers Early Decision and Early Action. Both early applications as November 1st

    Centre College

  • Centre College
    Danville, KY 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate76%
  • Centre offers Early Decision and Early Action. The ED deadline is November 11th, and the EA deadline is December 1st.

    Goucher College

  • Goucher College
    Baltimore, MD 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate82%
  • Goucher offers Early Action with a December 1st Deadline.

    Franklin & Marshall College

  • Franklin & Marshall College
    Lancaster, PA 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate38%
  • F&M offers Early Decision and Early Action

    Earlham College

  • Earlham College
    Richmond, IN 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate69%
  • Earlham offers Early Action 1 with a November 1st deadline and Early Action 2 with a December 1st deadline.

    Hampshire College

  • Hampshire College
    Amherst, MA 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate75%
  • The early action deadline for Hampshire is December 1st.

    Berea College

  • Berea College
    Berea, KY 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate33%
  • 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.

    Westmont College

  • Westmont College
    Santa Barbara, CA 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate79%
  • Westmont offers two Early Action deadlines. The EA1 deadline is October 15th, 2021, but the EA2 deadline is November 1, 2021.

    King's College

  • King's College
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate96%
  • King's College offers Early Decision and Early Action. Both applications are due December 1st, 2021.

    The College of Idaho

  • The College of Idaho
    Caldwell, ID 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate56%
  • College of Idaho offers two Early Action deadlines. The EA1 deadline is November 15th, 2021 and the EA2 deadline is January 15th, 2022.

    Randolph-Macon College

  • Randolph-Macon College
    Ashland, VA 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate84%
  • Randolph-Macon offers early action and early decision. The EA deadline is November 15th, and the ED deadline is November 1st.

    Randolph College

  • Randolph College
    Lynchburg, VA 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate94%
  • The EA deadline for Randolph is November 15th, and applicants should hear back December 15th.

    Elmira College

  • Elmira College
    Elmira, NY 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate82%
  • The EA Deadline for Elmira is November 1st, 2021 and applicants will receive a decision within two weeks, by November 15th.

    Augustana College

  • Augustana College
    Rock Island, IL 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate70%
  • 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.

    Albion College

  • Albion College
    Albion, MI 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate73%
  • The EA deadline is December 1, 2021. Albion admits 85% of students that apply early action.

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