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The Early Line on Early Applications for the Class of 2016 at Elite Universities and Colleges

The most recent figures for early decision (binding) and early action (nonbinding) applications at top 25 institutions of higher learning, according to ratings from US News and World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue, follow.

Early Decision Schools Early Applicants for Fall 2012 Percent Change in Applications Over 2012
Brown (RI) 2,904 5.48%
Columbia (NY) 3,088 -5.68%
Cornell (NY) 3,609 3.74%
Dartmouth (NH) 1,791 2.11%
Duke (NC) 2,716 23.06%
Emory (GA) 879 17.36%
Harvey Mudd (CA) 186 30.99%
Johns Hopkins (MD) 1,440 7.64%
Middlebury College (VT) 597 -8.85%
Northwestern (IL) 2,450 15.90%
Pomona (CA) 304 33.30%
University of Pennsylvania 4,526 0.98%

Early Action Schools
University of Chicago (ILL) 8,698 24.97%
Georgetown (DC) 6,750 1.40%
*Harvard (MA) 4,245 NA
MIT (MA) 6,102 NA
Notre Dame (IN) 5,590 5.47%
*Princeton (NJ) 3,547 NA
*Stanford (CA) 5,880 -0.83%
University of Virginia 11,417 NA
*Yale (CT) 4,310 -18.01%

NA means not applicable. School did not have early action policy previous year.
An asterisk * is placed next to schools which have restrictive single choice early action admissions policy where students can apply to regular admissions elsewhere, but not early decision or early action.

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