Application Follow-up Activities and Notification Dates

Of course, there are still a bunch of December stragglers. However, most students have written all the college application essays they’ll ever care to brainstorm, write and edit and then edit again.

Typically, we’ll see another burst of activity once the Early Decision notifications are released, typically by mid-December. But here are some tips on what seniors should be thinking about in December and January:

  1. Follow-up. Confirm all of the schools received your application and materials. The first place to start is with the Common Application and the Coalition applications. Check their dashboards to see if a school has downloaded your application. In addition, confirm your school materials (transcript, letters of recommendation, school profile) have been submitted. If you have any doubts, you can reach out to the admissions offices of the colleges and ask for them to confirm receipt. Check your emails (and spam) daily. Most colleges will email you access to a portal. You’ll need to create a login user name and password for each school – keep track of this information. This is where you will find any updates from the school and it’s the best place to confirm that your application is complete for each of the schools on your list. Colleges will notify you if your test scores or letters of recommendation haven’t arrived.
  2. Send notes. Now is a good time to show your appreciation to teachers who have taken the time to write your letters of recommendation. Hard copy, snail mail is great, but not always practical – sending an email thank you is just fine.
  3. Keep researching. Continue to take virtual tours and info sessions for colleges where you’re applying.

Below is an updated list of schools with their Early Action and Early Decision notification deadlines for 2022 grads:

American University12/31
Amherst Collegeearly-mid December (ED)
Babson Collegemid-Dec (ED1), 1/1 (EA)
Barnard Collegemid-Dec
Bates College12/20
Boston College12/15
Boston University12/15
Bowdoin Collegemid-Dec
Brandeis University12/15
Brown Universitymid-Dec
Bryn Mawr CollegeJan 1
Bucknell Universitymid-Dec
California Institute of Technologymid-Dec
Carleton CollegeDec 15
Carnegie Mellon University12/15
Case Western Reserve University12/4 (ED1), 12/21 (EA1)
Chapman Universitylate Dec (ED1), early Feb (EA1)
Claremont McKenna College12/15
Colby College12/15
Colgate Universitymid-Dec
College of the Holy Cross12/15
College of William and Maryearly Dec
Colorado Collegemid-Dec (ED1), late Dec (EA)
Columbia Universitymid-Dec
Connecticut Collegemid-Dec
Cornell Universitymid-Dec
Dartmouth Collegemid-Dec
Davidson College12/15
Dickinson Collegemid-Dec
Duke Universitymid-Dec
Emerson Collegemid-Dec (ED1), mid-Dec (EA1)
Emory University12/15
Franklin and MarshallDec 15
George Washington Universitylate Dec
Georgetown UniversityDec 15
Grinnell Collegemid-late Dec
Hamilton College12/15
Harvard Universitymid-Dec
Harvey Mudd CollegeDec 15
Haverford College12/15
Johns Hopkins University12/10
Kenyon College12/15
Lafayette College12/15
Lehigh Universitymid-Dec
Loyola Marymount Universitymid-Dec (ED1), mid-Dec (EA1)
Macalester College12/5 (ED1), 12/19 (EA1)
Middlebury College12/15
Miami University – Oxford12/1 (ED1), 12/15 (EA1)
Mount Holyoke Collegelate Dec
New York University12/15
North Carolina State1/30
Northeastern University12/15 (ED1), 2/1 (EA1)
Northwestern Universitymid-Dec
Oberlin College12/15
Occidental College12/15
Pitzer College12/18
Pomona College12/15
Princeton Universitymid-Dec
Providence College12/1 (ED1), late Dec (EA1)
Purdue University1/15
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute12/11 (ED1), 1/29 (EA1)
Rice Universitymid-Dec
Santa Clara Universitylate Dec (ED1), late Dec (EA1)
Sarah Lawrence Collegelate Dec (ED1), late Dec (EA1)
Scripps Collegemid-Dec
Sewanee: The University of the Southearly Dec (ED1), late Jan (EA1)
Skidmore Collegemid-Dec
Smith Collegemid-Dec
Southern Methodist Universitymid-Dec (ED1), mid-Dec (EA1)
Stanford University12/15
Swarthmore Collegemid-Dec
Texas Christian University1/1 (ED1), 1/1 (EA1)
Trinity Collegemid-Dec
Tufts Universitymid-Dec
Tulane University11/22 4pm CT (ED1), 1/15 (EA1)
Union College12/7 (ED1), 12/18 (EA1)
University of Chicagomid-Dec (ED1), mid-Dec (EA1)
University of Michiganlate Jan
University of Notre Damemid-Dec
University of Pennsylvaniamid-Dec
University of Richmond12/15 (ED1), 1/25 (EA1)
University of Vermontlate Dec
University of Virginiamid-Dec (ED1), mid-Feb (EA1)
University of WisconsinBy 1/31
Vanderbilt Universitymid-Dec
Vassar Collegemid-Dec
Villanova University12/15 (ED1), 1/15 (EA1)
Washington and Lee Universitylate Dec
Washington U in St. Louis12/17
Wellesley Collegemid-Dec
Wesleyan Universitymid-Dec
Willamette University12/30 (ED1), 12/30 (EA1)
Williams College12/15
Yale University12/15

Lee Bierer is the Founder of College Admissions Strategies – Charlotte, NC. She can be reached at or via their website at: